Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ten Trillion Beans

Annual coffee consumption in the United States is close to ten trillion beans per year (1.3 million metric tons with about 3,500 beans per pound) -- more than any other country. Brazil is a close second in total consumption, but neither country comes close to the top in per-capita consumption: the average person living in the Nordic countries consumes coffee at 2-3 times the U.S. or Brazilian rate!

Based on a World Resources Institute report, the interactive map of coffee consumption is accompanied by a detailed chart. The details allow for any number of interesting comparisons. (The map below is a static screen capture.) At indexmundi, I found a ranked list of producing countries. Comparison between the two is complicated by the difference in units used (tonnes versus bags), but may be nonetheless intriguing.

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