Personally, I feel like I am late to the coffee party because it is only recently that I fully realized how much I appreciate coffee and how it affects a lot of things about my life.
Knowing these things about myself allowed me to have a deeper interest in the bigger picture and find out how many people around the world also depend on coffee for different things.
As a result of this, I will elaborate on some of the different aspects that say a bit more about what coffee brings to people in both a figurative and literal sense.
Worldwide coffee trends
I found out that more than 2.25 billion cups of coffee are being consumed on a daily basis that allows it to have a significant impact in the economies worldwide.
This trend does not only affect the demand for coffee shops, but in other stores as well such as retail stores, groceries, and even farms; and it is not surprising to know that the amount of money spent on coffee dictates the discretionary consumer spend all over the world.
The most interesting fact I learned about people who regularly consume coffee is that the amount of coffee consumed says a lot about someone's profession.
As a matter of fact, it was reported that people in the IT industry are said to be the most rampant coffee drinkers; those who are web designers, database managers, and other IT professionals, are more drawn to consuming at least a cup of coffee each day to be able to do their job efficiently.
Global coffee consumption trends
It seems like the global rate of coffee consumption increases by 1.3% every year, and at the rate we're going it doesn't seem like we will see a decline in the near future. I was not surprised when I found out that coffee is considered the most widely consumed beverage across the different countries worldwide; it even surpassed the consumption of tea.
Thorough research also taught me that Europe is the largest market of this beverage, representing at least 30% of the market globally; as a matter of fact, it has been predicted that this rate of coffee consumption across Europe will continue beyond 2025.
In terms of the demographics of coffee drinkers all over the world, I found out that those who regularly drink coffee aged 65 and above, consume the beverage at home, while those who are 35 and below mostly consume coffee from coffee shops and even in other locations outside of their home.
Health benefits of coffee
I read in one of the researchers found online that it is possible to overdose on caffeine, though it is highly unlikely to happen because this can only occur if a person miraculously consumes up to 100 cups of coffee in a single day.
On the flip side, it has been disclosed in some studies that the healthy amount of coffee consumption in a single day ranges from 4-5 cups, but it came with a disclaimer that this amount of coffee still has different effects to different people.
Another benefit related to health that was recorded because of coffee consumption is that it has positively improved the learning patterns and comprehension of students.
Coffee trends among different countries
Being a late bloomer in drinking coffee, I was surprised by how early millennials these days start to become dependent on coffee; in the United States it was reported that these millennials consume 44% of the total amount of coffee being brewed every single day.
In addition to this, it was also found out that 14% of these millennials even drink espresso to be able to get their caffeine fix on a daily basis; on the other hand, I also found out that iced coffee is another variation of coffee that is consumed by 20% of coffee drinkers at least once every week.
The increase of coffee consumption doesn't only happen in the United States because even in India it was reported that they had a 15% increase in consumption in a span of 4 years - from 2012 up to 2016.
It was fascinating for me to learn that those living in Spain beyond the age of 65 do not only love drinking coffee because their coffee consumption triggers other vices such as smoking and drinking alcohol.
While in Australia, it was reported that up to an average of 1.3 million cups of coffee are consumed every single day.
Job opportunities in the coffee industry
Even though I shouldn't have been surprised to find out that there are now a lot of job opportunities in the coffee industry because of the increased demand for it, I was still taken aback at the findings.
As a matter of fact, in the United States alone there are already more than 9,000 job openings for baristas because of how much coffee is consumed in this country alone. In addition to this, there are more than 60,000 people in Canada who are employed as baristas, making them the top country when it comes to employing people in the coffee industry. Next on the list of barista employers are other states like New York with 35,000, Texas with 31,000, Washington with 22,000, and Florida with 21,000.
On the other hand, I also found out through research that there are also particular states that are known to be the worst in terms of employing baristas; these are Montana, Wyoming, and West Virginia.
Aside from being a barista, there are also other coffee production jobs that are also available in the United States amounting to a total number of 17,537; the more amazing thing is that this number is expected to grow by 3.8% every year until 2025.
What I liked about learning all these job opportunities is that more people will be able to take advantage of them especially since the coffee industry does not look like it's going to slow down anytime soon. As long as people continue consuming cups of coffee on a daily basis, the coffee industry will be a lucrative business where one can earn money, while at the same truly supporting what they are selling people.