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U.S. no longer the leader in coffee consumption, study finds


by: Zach Dennis, Newsy

Despite Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and Caribou Coffee shops dotting thousands of corners in America, the United States doesn’t drink nearly as much as some countries.

The U.S. ranks ninth in coffee consumption internationally.

The Netherlands is the nation that drinks the most of the hot beverage, CBC News reported. The rest of the top 10 includes Finland, Canada, Sweden, Germany, Slovenia, Dominican Republic, Norway and Slovakia.

According to the news outlet, the data was compiled by combining the “volume of coffee per capita that retail stores sold to consumers and that food services outlets purchased to brew.” CBC News said it found that colder weather usually equals more coffee being consumed.

“With the colder temperatures, long winters, what have you, waking up in the morning to a nice warm cup of coffee, oh, my God, it’s tranquility,” Paul Stewart told CBC News.

Mark Strobel, a Euromonitor research analyst, told CBC News that the United States ranks ninth because while it does have its share of cold winters, hot drinks aren’t being consumed as much in the warmer southern states. Robert Carter of the NPD Group in Toronto said people in the South usually choose to drink soft drinks instead.

“You can tell an American in Canada when they have Diet Coke for breakfast,” he told CBC News.

Read more at CBC News.

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