Dutch drink less coffee

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Coffee consumption has fallen by about 13 percent since 1996.

10 December 2007

VOORBURG – Coffee consumption has fallen by about 13 percent since 1996, to an average of 3.2 cups per person per day in 2006.

The Scandinavians are the biggest coffee drinkers in the world, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reported on Monday.

The Dutch consumed 6.9 kg of coffee per person in 2006. That comes to 3.2 cups of coffee a day. In 1996 that figure was 3.6 cups. Consumption fell until 2003, but has remained more or less stable since.

Between 1996 and 2006 the consumption of tea, soft drinks, mineral water and wine has been on the rise. Coffee was the most consumed drink in 2006; tea came in second place with 100 litres per person.

The Scandinavians drank an average of 4.3 cups of coffee per day in the 2002-2006 period. Consumption in Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland was also higher than in the Netherlands.

Coffee is markedly less popular in Eastern European countries. It is remarkable that inhabitants drink less than one cup a day on average in most coffee-producing countries with the exception of Brazil and Costa Rica.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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