Today’s Sydney Morning Herald reported on some basic coffee consumption facts and figures: Coffee by numbers – Good Living – Entertainment –

For example, Finns drink more coffee per capita than anyone else in the world. And when it comes to take-away coffee service, the average cost to the retailer is about 88 cents (AU$), which can be broken down as follows:

  • Paper cup: 9 cents
  • Plastic lid: 2 cents
  • Milk: 15 cents
  • Labor: 35 cents
  • Coffee: 22 cents
  • Sugar: 5 cents

But even with Australia’s reputation as being some of the heaviest espresso drinkers in the world, instant coffee still accounts for 82 per cent of Australian coffee consumption. But then this is also true of the British, the Chinese, etc.