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Coffee drinking U.S. consumers by age group 2020

In 2020 coffee was still an extremely popular beverage among Americans of all ages. Nearly half of 18 to 24-year-olds drank the beverage and almost 70 percent of seniors did as well. Not only are seniors more likely to be coffee drinkers than their younger cohorts, but they drink about three times as many cups a day as well.

Coffee’s health benefits

Several recent studies have shown that coffee drinking may have more positive effects than just keeping you energized. Some studies have shown a reduction in mortality among regular coffee drinkers, especially older drinkers. Furthermore, there’s some indication that coffee may boost cognitive performance in the elderly, when it is normally declining.

How we get our caffeine

Where and how Americans like to get their coffee seems to change with age as well. Over a third of 18 to 29-year-olds had visited a coffee shop recently, compared to just a quarter of 50 to 64-year-olds. Older Americans were also much more likely to use a standard drip coffee maker, while younger people experimented more with how they got their caffeine kick.

Share of coffee drinking consumers in the United States in 2020, by age group

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Release date



United States

Survey time period

January 2020

Number of respondents

2,838 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

both males and females, who consumed a beverage other than tap water the day prior to being interviewed

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Original survey question:' What did you drink yesterday during each of the following times? This may include any beverage that you drank at home or outside your home and may have come in a cup, can or bottle.'
Base: Total sample aged 18+ – 2020 (n=2,838); 18-24 (n=450), 25-39 (n=760), 40-59 (n=939), 60+ (n=689)

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