What nation drinks the most coffee? I’ve always thought it was the Italians but it’s not. Having spent a couple of months in Finland I am shocked to find out they are the world’s top Coffee Drinkers! This baffles me because didn’t drink one memorable cup of coffee and by my second visit I decided to take coffee with me.
Finish people are known to consume more coffee per head than any other nation in the world but, even they, admit it’s not hot on quality; as suggested by Svante Hampf, the owner of Kaffa Roastery in Helsinki. Although figures state Fins drink between 7 to 30 cups a day what they drink is not quality.
I feel they are fighting a losing battle in looking for the Holy Grail of coffee in a country who are drowning themselves in mediocre, caffeine offerings. Also, she says throwing her coffee beans out the pram, I don’t think it’s fair that they are top of the list for are drinking ‘pretend’ brew. Most of the coffee consumed is really light roasted and darker roasts are not easy to find.
I was in Åland for 5 weeks and didn’t find a half decent espresso. In fact, few people understood what I was asking for. To most people ‘kahvi’ which means coffee is light roasted and they are happy with that, for now!
My conclusion is; The Finns drink more cups per capita because Finnish ‘coffee’ is not satisfying and the quantity they drink is down to refilling; in the hope the next hit might taste better and give them the kick they are yearning for!
Wake up and smell the Roast!
- Finland – 12 kg per person per year
- Norway – 9.9 kg.
- Iceland – 9 kg.
- Denmark – 8.7 kg.
- Netherlands – 8.4 kg.
- Sweden – 8.2 kg.
- Switzerland – 7.9 kg.