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Coffee market in South Korea - statistics & facts

Coffee is a big deal in South Korea. Despite tea culture in the country dating back over one thousand years, nowadays coffee in its various forms is sold by a wide range of cafes and stores and is arguably the most popular drink in Korea. Coffee penetrated offices, restaurants, and homes in the 1970s with Dongsuh Foods Corporation’s innovation, instant coffee, which was easy to make and consume. Later in the 2000s, Koreans started to appreciate brewed coffees as well and in two decades the industry has now reached saturation.

Korean Love for Coffee

The average adult over 20 years old consumed around 353 cups of coffee in a year as of 2018, almost one cup a day. A survey in the same year revealed that around sixty percent of respondents said they drank one or two cups every day, with an overall daily average of 1.8 cups. Over 2.6 million 60-kilogram bags of coffee were consumed in Korea in 2019.

As of 2017, the mega coffee franchises in terms of store numbers were Starbucks, Angel-in-us, Ediya Coffee, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Tom N Toms, A Twosome Place, and Hollys Coffee. Ediya had the most cafes, over 2,400, followed by Starbucks with over 1,300. These rivals compete vigorously across different domains such as dessert menus, discount policies, and user-friendly services. Many offer rooms where visitors can study or work, some even with video projectors and whiteboards.

New Trends for Coffee in Korea

Coffee drinkers have presented a polarization in consumption, from choosing budget options in convenience stores to exploring specialty flavors in local roasteries. Coffee merchants have strived to diversify the origin of coffee beans, enhance their own roasting skills, and develop coffee machines for households. As a reflection of their efforts, a survey conducted in 2016 suggested that coffee and other coffee beverages are together the most loved non-alcoholic beverages in South Korea, accounting for over a quarter of the respondents.

Furthermore, South Koreans are keen to experience new ways of enjoying coffee, which has been responsible for fads, like nitro cold brew and uniquely blended coffees. It appears that South Koreans’ taste for coffee remains strong and the cafe industry is bound to benefit from further innovations in this market.

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Coffee market in South Korea - statistics & facts

Coffee is a big deal in South Korea. Despite tea culture in the country dating back over one thousand years, nowadays coffee in its various forms is sold by a wide range of cafes and stores and is arguably the most popular drink in Korea. Coffee penetrated offices, restaurants, and homes in the 1970s with Dongsuh Foods Corporation’s innovation, instant coffee, which was easy to make and consume. Later in the 2000s, Koreans started to appreciate brewed coffees as well and in two decades the industry has now reached saturation.

Korean Love for Coffee

The average adult over 20 years old consumed around 353 cups of coffee in a year as of 2018, almost one cup a day. A survey in the same year revealed that around sixty percent of respondents said they drank one or two cups every day, with an overall daily average of 1.8 cups. Over 2.6 million 60-kilogram bags of coffee were consumed in Korea in 2019.

As of 2017, the mega coffee franchises in terms of store numbers were Starbucks, Angel-in-us, Ediya Coffee, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Tom N Toms, A Twosome Place, and Hollys Coffee. Ediya had the most cafes, over 2,400, followed by Starbucks with over 1,300. These rivals compete vigorously across different domains such as dessert menus, discount policies, and user-friendly services. Many offer rooms where visitors can study or work, some even with video projectors and whiteboards.

New Trends for Coffee in Korea

Coffee drinkers have presented a polarization in consumption, from choosing budget options in convenience stores to exploring specialty flavors in local roasteries. Coffee merchants have strived to diversify the origin of coffee beans, enhance their own roasting skills, and develop coffee machines for households. As a reflection of their efforts, a survey conducted in 2016 suggested that coffee and other coffee beverages are together the most loved non-alcoholic beverages in South Korea, accounting for over a quarter of the respondents.

Furthermore, South Koreans are keen to experience new ways of enjoying coffee, which has been responsible for fads, like nitro cold brew and uniquely blended coffees. It appears that South Koreans’ taste for coffee remains strong and the cafe industry is bound to benefit from further innovations in this market.

Interesting statistics

In the following 5 chapters, you will quickly find the 27 most important statistics relating to "Cafe industry and coffee drinkers in South Korea ".

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