In 2020, Americans drank more than a cup of coffee per day, on average. We are a highly caffeinated nation, but we are merely doing our civil duty — after the Boston Tea Party, drinking coffee was a sign of patriotism. Since then, the popularity of coffee in the U.S. has only grown. The National Coffee Association’s annual report showed coffee drinking in America has recently been at some of its highest levels, with over 60% of all Americans consuming coffee every day.
Coffee consumption is highest in the Northeast, where the average person drinks 1.97 cups of coffee per day, according to Statista. Consumption is lowest in the South, where people drink about 1.8 cups a day. Read on for some more facts and figures about the United States of Coffee:
Coffee in the Pacific Northwest
It would be very difficult to discuss coffee in America without Seattle, Washington. Seattle might be the origin story for Starbucks, but Conde Naste doesn’t list it in their top 10 best Seattle coffee shops. Still, cities all over Washington are listed in the top 10 best cities in America for coffee lovers on many lists.
Here are some quick stats on Washington’s caffeine addiction:
- 1 coffee shop per 2,308 residents
- 278 coffee shops total
- 1 coffee shop per 2,752 residents
- 40 coffee shops total
- 1 coffee shop per 2,224 residents
- 78 coffee shops total
Travel & Leisure listed Portland, Oregon, the best coffee city due to its high number of coffee shops per capita. Portland also has the most coffee manufacturers per capita than anywhere else in the United States.
Coffee in New York City
Frank Sinatra crooned he wanted “to wake up in the city that never sleeps.” With the most coffee shops per capita, the most donut shops per capita and the most affordable coffee shops per capita, New York fits the bill and is WalletHub’s #1 choice for “Best Coffee Cities in America.”
Coffee in California
The west coast is a standout region for coffee drinkers. WalletHub found 4 of the top 5 cities for highest average coffee spend are in California: Fremont, Irvin, San Francisco and San Jose. California also holds 3 out of the 5 cities with the highest percentage of adult coffee drinkers as well: Anaheim, Los Angeles and Santa Ana.
Apartment Guide released a list of best cities for coffee lovers in America and Berkley was their top pick.
Coffee consumption in the Southeast
Nowhere in the southeastern corner of the U.S. makes any list of “cities with the most coffee shops” or “states with the highest coffee consumption.” The northeastern United States consumes the most coffee, according to Statista.
More coffee statistics
- If you love to grab coffee on the way to work, don’t move to Laredo, Corpus Christi and Garland, Texas. They have the fewest coffee shops per capita, alongside Hialeah, Florida, and San Bernardino, California.
- Despite having so few coffee shops, Hialeah has the 3rd highest percentage of adult coffee drinkers.
- Square analyzed data over the course of a year and found the latte is America’s most-ordered drink.
- More than 60% of adults 18 and over consume coffee every day. And more than half of the coffee consumed is gourmet. Cold brew orders are up 42% over iced coffee.