Report Shows that Britain May Not Be a ‘Nation of Tea Drinkers’ for Much Longer

Britain is viewed by the outside world as a nation of dog lovers, shop owners and until recently, as a nation of tea drinkers. However, that could be about to change according to figures recently released by the British Coffee Association (BCA) in the lead up to the start of UK Coffee Week 2018. The figures seem to suggest that tea might indeed soon be usurped by coffee as the UK’s favourite hot beverage.

The figures, which are the result of research carried out by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) show that in the last 10 years, the British public have gone from drinking 70 million cups of coffee per day to more than 95 million - a jump of more than 35%.

Detailed Stats

Looking at the study which surveyed 2,000 over 18s in the United Kingdom in closer detail, 6% reported to drinking in excess of 6 cups of coffee per day, with a massive 33% stating that they didn’t drink any at all. The survey also highlighted that 65% of the coffee drinking happened at home, with a quarter being enjoyed whilst studying or at work. The 10% remaining said they drank their coffee in restaurants, bars or whilst out shopping.

However, there is a disparity between age groups, as the younger generations don’t seem to be so keen on the hot black stuff as the old ‘uns. On average, those surveyed who are under 20 said they drank just one cup of coffee every 2 days, whereas those between 20 and 37 are drinking around 1.5 cups per day. It’s the over 50s who are drinking the most, as they’re reported to be drinking almost 2.5 cups each day.

Coffee Connoisseurs

One of the key drivers for this increase in coffee consumption amongst the british public, is the huge range of choice that’s currently available. Whether shopping at your local supermarket or popping into your local coffee shop, there is a vast array of blends and flavours to explore. From Mochas to espressos to vanilla lattes, there’s something to suit a wide range of tastes.

However, despite all of the ground coffees on the market, it’s actually instant coffee that’s the most popular and by some way too. This is partly due to the fact that the older generations are historically used to drinking instant coffee at home and partly because it tends to occupy a lower price point than ground coffee.

The Health Angle

This frequent consumption of caffeinated coffee is well known to carry certain health benefits, if no more than 3-5 cups per day are consumed. A reduction in cancer risk and assistance in maintaining cognitive health are amongst those enjoyed by coffee drinkers, however caffeine intake should be limited for blood pressure and anxiety related reasons. Moderation is key - as with most things.

In Summary

Whilst the trend certainly shows that coffee is becoming more popular year by year in the UK, it still has some way to go to catch up with tea, as some 160 million cups of char are still consumed every day. So it would seem that the good old british cuppa is safe for the time being, but with the pretender to the throne gaining ground every year, we could one day see a day when coffee is the UK’s number one hot drink.

When that might be, we can only guess.