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

Coffee shops and cafes come in a variety of forms but, traditionally, they are establishments selling prepared coffee, tea, and other hot beverages. In simple terms, the line between coffee shop and cafe is actually coffee itself. Coffee is generally the focus of coffee shops, while cafes tend to place a greater emphasis on food products. 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 for its love of coffee is the United States. In 2021, the revenue of the coffee market in the U.S. was nearly 82 billion U.S. dollars and the number of coffee shops in the U.S. reached 38.4 thousand.

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

In recent years, many coffee shop and cafe chains have grown large enough to compete with the giants of the wider restaurant industry. In 2021, when looking at systemwide sales, the leading bakery cafe chain in the U.S. was Panera Bread. However, Panera Bread is vastly outsized by another U.S. chain, 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. That being said, Starbucks’ net revenue worldwide fell in 2020 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 33,660 stores across the globe. In 2021, Starbucks’ revenue grew to 24.61 billion and the company recorded an all-time high in number of stores.

How much do U.S. consumers spend on coffee?

According to a 2022 survey that examined how much money Americans spend on coffee each month, 31 percent of respondents stated that they spent between 11 and 20 U.S. dollars on coffee each month while at home. Meanwhile, 22.8 percent of respondents stated that they spent that same amount of money each month while at coffee shops. Only 14.4 percent of respondents reported spending more than 40 U.S. dollars a month in coffee shops. When looking at how often Americans purchase coffee from a coffee shop, the majority of respondents stated that they purchased coffee one to three days a week. The silent generation, those born between the years 1928 and 1945, was the generation least likely to order coffee from a cafe in the U.S. in 2021.

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