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Swiss Coffee Consumption

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If you hear the term "coffee nation" you probably think of Colombia, Brazil or Ethiopia. Yet, it was none of these countries that was at the center of a report about worlds coffee trade and consumption published by a Swiss television station. Instead, the involvement of Switzerland in coffee trade all over the world was highlighted.

Remember, Switzerland is not even close to growing coffee beans, the climate is simply not warm enough. Yet, three quarter of worlds trade with coffee beans takes place in Switzerland. All the coffee beans exported from Switzerland value more than all chocolate and cheese exported from Switzerland together. Especially Nescafé and Nespresso are popular export products.

If there's so much coffee coming through Switzerland you probably expect the Swiss to be a coffee drinking nation. And you are right. An average Swiss drinks 9kg of coffee a year! Only the Finnish and the Norwegians drink more coffee. I imagined that Swiss coffee consumption would go down significantly as prices have been going up steadily over the past few years. A cup of coffee in a cafe will cost you about 4 CHF (somewhat more than 4 USD). Insane, no?! I don't even want to talk about Starbucks prices...




  1. Could their higher per capita consumption be partially attributed to vistors, primarily tourists, and other transient consumers?

    1. Not sure how visitors influence the coffee drinking statistics. I can imagine though that visitors make up for a big part of coffee consumption due to Switzerland's strategic location as a transit spot for international journeys...

    2. Nope. I live in Switzerland and it's not foreigners who drink all the coffee. It's the Swiss!
      We love it :)


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