U.S. Coffee Market - Statistics & Facts

Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages worldwide and in the United States. Millions of consumers all across the country cannot imagine starting their day without a hot cup of coffee. The plant naturally contains caffeine, which can vary sharply between individual plants. The market is segmented into growers, roasters and retailers. On the coffee-growing level, South America was ranked as the major coffee-producing region. Thereof, Brazil produced about 51.5 million 60 kg bags of coffee. Other major coffee producers were Vietnam and Columbia.

On the U.S. retail level, ground coffee took the largest sales share with 45.8 percent of retail sales in 2016, followed by single-cup coffee. Primary ground coffee brands for the at-home coffee segment included Folgers and Maxwell House, based on sales. Folgers is owned by The J.M. Smucker Co. and accounted for 1.18 billion U.S. dollars in 2017.

Although people have been drinking coffee for hundreds of years, there are still new trends entering the market every year, such as cold brew coffee and nitro coffee. Cold brew coffee is, as the name implies, brewed with cold or room temperature water over an entire day and has a higher caffeine concentration than regular coffee. Nitro coffee is infused with nitrogen and can be served like beer. In 2017, cold brew coffee experienced an 80 percent growth in sales compared to the previous year, while hot coffee saw a three percent decrease in sales.

Recent statistics show that American consumers drank on average about two cups of coffee per day. The majority of the coffee was consumed at home, followed by the work place. When asked why they usually drink coffee, the most U.S. consumers stated that they often drink the "black gold" simply because they like the taste.

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