Here Are the Countries That Drink the Most Coffee—the U.S. Isn't in the Top 10

Only one nation averages more than 2 cups of coffee per day. It's the Netherlands.
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America might be famous for running on coffee, but it doesn’t run on muchNot compared to a handful of other countries, anywayWhen it comes to actual coffee consumption per person, the US doesn’t even crack the top 15.

For much of Europe, and especially Scandinavia, the story is quite different. In a review in 2010 about Stieg Larsson’s hit Swedish trilogy, the New York Times wrote incredulously about how the books’ scenes seemed to always revolve around endless servings of coffee:

"…everyone works fervidly into the night and swills tons of coffee; hardly a page goes by without someone “switching on the coffee machine,” ordering “coffee and a sandwich” or responding affirmatively to the offer 'Coffee?'"

But as it turns out—and as the Times soon thereafter learned—the coffee obsession has much less to do with Larsson than it does with SwedenOr really, with all of Scandinavia, the Benelux countries, and bits of Eastern EuropeThe Netherlands’ per-capita consumption of 2.4 cups a day is almost the same as those of the US, UK, Spain, and France combined.

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Roberto A. Ferdman is a reporter at Quartz, where he focuses on Latin American business and economics.

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