Coffee Consumption: Me vs. The World

I drink more coffee a month than the average person does a year. Indeed, I easily go through more than the 12 kilograms that represents the top end of the scale.

Peter Smith points to the above map and observes:

A map of world’s coffee-drinking habits locates the global epicenter far from tropical coffee plantations, in Scandinavia, where coffee consumption is well above the global average is 2.9 pounds (1.3 kilograms) per year.

I drink more coffee a month than the average person does a year. Indeed, I easily go through more than the 12 kilograms annually that represents the top end of the scale.

Considering that I easily exceed similar projections for beer and alcoholic drinks, generally, I’m clearly well hydrated. (Or, perhaps not since caffeine and alcohol are diuretics.)

via Andrew Sullivan

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  1. michael reynolds says:

    I would make some crack at your expense, but I just noticed I have three partly-filled coffee cups sitting at my elbow, the remains of my consumption in just the last three hours.

    Hmmm. Is that why I’m twitching?

  2. John Peabody says:

    Coffee- it calms you down; while it perks you up! Is there ANYTHING coffee can’t do?

  3. Ben Wolf says:

    I used to prepare most of my coffee via the french press, but lately have fallen in love with turkish style.

    How do you guys prepare yours?

  4. anjin-san says:

    Coffee and jazz are pretty my my only remaining vices. Had to clean up my act, the 80s nearly killed me.

  5. John Burgess says:

    I’m certainly near the 12kg border, if not above it.

    My preferred method of brewing is the Aerobie Cafe Press, usually four 16-oz cups/day. Then Turkish/Arabic/Greek. I’m not too refined to stop at Starbucks, if the spirit so moves, and in a pinch, I’ll even use instant.

    I once had a secretary who could not have weighed 90lbs. She’d go through 35 Arabic coffees in the course of office hours. Turned out that that much caffeine works as a contraceptive. When she cut her coffee consumption in half, she got pregnant!

  6. jwest says:

    My wife has said that if the house catches on fire, forget everything else and grab the espresso machine. We use a Jura Capresso Impressa C9, which I would recommend to anyone who loves serious coffee.

  7. Ben Wolf says:

    I’ve heard good things about the Impressa.

  8. Debra says:

    Prices are going up, but I’m hooked. I’ll just cut cost some other way. For me, a great cup of morning coffee means coherent exuberance for the rest of the day. And I usually go for coherence since people respond positively to that.

    I use a Keurig Coffee Maker. Its quick and easy. Which means I can be coherent and exuberant quicker.