U.S. ownership of single-cup brewing systems 2005-2019

In 2019, over 40 percent of consumers in the United States owned a single-cup coffee brewing system. Coffee machines such as these prepare just enough coffee for a single portion during the brewing process and have become quite popular in recent years.

Coffee capsules

There are various ways in which single-cup coffee can be served, a prime example of which is the coffee capsule system. In 2019, around a quarter of past-day coffee drinkers in the United States used coffee capsules. This particular method has become more prevalent in past years.

Thoughts on single-cup systems

In 2019, not all U.S. consumers were keen on the idea of owning a single-cup coffee brewing system: almost a third of survey respondents in the United States stated they would definitely not buy such a coffee machine for their home. Some 13 percent of surveyed Americans said they definitely would buy one. The favorite coffee preparation method that year remained the drip coffee maker: almost half of American past-day coffee drinkers used this method.

Share of U.S. consumers who own a single-cup coffee brewing system from 2005 to 2019*

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Release date

August 2019


United States

Survey time period

January 2019*

Number of respondents

2,815 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

* 2005 to 2018 data were collected in previous years; 2008 to 2010 data were not available.
** The NCDT, beginning in 2012, includes a representative sample of Hispanic-Americans and African-Americans. Comparisons to years prior to 2012 must be made with caution, since the panel enhancement may impair direct tracking.
Please find further information on the used methodology on page 8 of the publication.
Base: Total sample aged 18+ (2005 n=2,950, 2006 n=2,954, 2007 n=2,951, 2011 n=2,663, 2012 n=2,955, 2013 n=2,840, 2014 n=2,741, 2015 n=2,771, 2016 n=2,782, 2017 n=3,252, 2018 n=2,737, 2019 n=2,815).

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