Is coffee the most popular drink in the world?

Updated: Jul 30, 2020

No it’s not.

Although more green coffee is produced globally than tea — 8.5 million metric tons versus 4.7 million metric tons of tea in 2011 (according to the Food and Agriculture Organization - FAO) — it takes only about two grams of tea to make a cup, compared with 10 grams of coffee.

As a result, as British geographer David Grigg wrote, worldwide “three cups of tea are drunk for every one of coffee.”

Coffee predominates in the Americas and in continental Europe, while tea is preferred in most of Asia and the former Soviet Union.

Here’s a world tea and coffee consumption map from 2012 data:

Source: Pew Research

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