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Coffee shops and cafes in the U.S. - statistics & facts

Coffee shops come in a variety of forms but, traditionally, they are establishments selling prepared coffee, tea, and other hot beverages. More recently, many coffee shops also compete with restaurants in the quick service category by serving baked goods, sandwiches, salads, and other snack items. In 2020/2021, the total coffee consumption worldwide amounted to approximately 166.63 million 60kg bags of coffee. One country in particular that stands out as a consumer of the beverage is the United States. In 2019, the revenue of the coffee market in the U.S. exceeded 82 billion U.S. dollars. Although coffee drinkers can be found all across the country, the total coffee per capita consumption in the U.S. varied by region in 2020. The Northeast was the leading region in terms of coffee consumption, drinking roughly 1.97 cups of coffee per capita per day. The South, meanwhile, drank the least amount of coffee that year at around 1.8 cups a day.

What is the biggest U.S. coffee shop chain?

In recent years, many coffee shop chains have grown large enough to compete with the giants of the wider restaurant industry. One of these chains is Starbucks, the largest coffeehouse chain worldwide. In 2021, the global brand value of Starbucks came only second in size to the quick service restaurant giant, McDonald’s. Starbucks’ net revenue worldwide fell in 2020, however, as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Despite the setback, the company still accounted for 19.16 billion U.S. dollars in revenue. The company even saw an increase in the number of Starbucks stores worldwide in 2020, with approximately 32,600 stores across the globe.

How much coffee do U.S. consumers drink?

According to a 2019 survey that examined how many cups of coffee U.S. consumers drink at home during the week, approximately 29 percent of respondents stated that they consumed on average two cups of coffee per day. Meanwhile, roughly 25 percent of respondents stated that they consumed one cup of coffee per day. The reasons for drinking coffee vary, however, in a survey that asked why U.S. consumers drink coffee, approximately 62 percent of respondents stated that they drank coffee due to the taste. In comparison, 58 percent of respondents stated that they drank coffee because it helped them to wake up. Meanwhile, in 2020, a survey looked at the share of coffee drinkers in the U.S. by age group. The majority of respondents who stated that they drank the beverage, were 60 years and older.

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