Australian coffee market - Statistics & Facts

To say coffee is big in Australia is an understatement. Some even say that wherever coffee is found, Australians can’t be far away. However, there is no documentation about coffee consumption of indigenous Australians before colonization. Moreover, British convicts who were first transported to Australian colonies in the late 18th century brought tea with them, not coffee. Australian espresso culture developed from cafés owned by Greek and Italian migrants, slowly brewing from the post-war immigration boom in the 1950s and 1960s, to becoming a nationwide obsession that is part of Australia's cultural identity today. 

In terms of coffee production, Australia is not a major coffee bean producing country. Nonetheless, the Australian coffee market is among the largest in the world, reaching a revenue greater than 1.4 billion U.S. dollars in 2017. The annual domestic coffee consumption in Australia reached almost 1.87 million 60-kilogram bags. On average, Australians consumed around 1.91 kilograms of coffee per person in 2019, out of which 1.39 kilograms were roast coffee and around 0.53 kilograms were instant coffee. Considering the per capita consumption, Australians are far behind Finland, Scandinavian countries and other European countries, but still among the leading 30 coffee consuming countries.

The revenue of cafes and coffee shops in Australia is forecasted to reach around five billion Australian dollars with a forecasted value added in that industry of approximately 1.57 billion Australian dollars in financial year 2020. An estimated 96,000 people will be employed in cafés and coffee shops in Australia in that same year. Regarding coffee consumption and preferences, Australians like their coffee on the go. Around 23 percent of all coffee orders are coffee-to-go orders, ranking Australia fourth behind Japan, the United States and Canada in terms of coffee-to-go. The most popular cup sold in cafés and coffee shops in Australia was the latte, followed by the flat white and the cappuccino. In 2019, the average price for a latte ranged from almost four Australian dollars in Queensland, Victoria and the Australian capital territory to over 3.66 Australian dollars in the Northern Territory and New South Wales.

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