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Coffee is one of the most popular hot drinks in the world. Almost a third of the world’s population drinks coffee. People often meet at cafés or coffee shops for a coffee break during the middle of the morning or stop work in the afternoon to drink coffee.

About 10 million tons of coffee are produced every year. Brazil is, by far, the world’s largest coffee producer. About a third of the world’s production comes from this South American country. Other coffee producing countries include Vietnam, Indonesia and Columbia.

Europeans are the biggest coffee consumers in the world. In Finland, the average person drinks about 4 cups a day, that's over 12 kg of coffee per year. Norway, Iceland and Denmark are other northern European countries, where drinking coffee is extremely popular. Canada is the only non-European country in the top ten list.

World Coffee Production

Coffee and croissant at an espresso house in Turku, Finland

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