The UK certainly has a long-established reputation for being a nation of tea drinkers. However, the consumption of English Breakfast, Earl Grey and their like is in decline and coffee drinks are on the rise as a long-term survey by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs indicates.
While back in 1975, the average quantity of tea purchased per person per week amounted to 66g, the trend has continued downward over recent decades to a mere 24g in 2015. The opposite is true for coffee: including beans, ground and instant coffee, purchases rose to 21g in 2015 from 18g (mainly instant coffee) per person per week in 1975.
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