The United Nations just published its Human Development Report, which ranks the nations with people who live the longest, healthiest lives. We took a look at the top 10 nations and decided to investigate how each of them generally take their coffee. Since we’re going to be drinking coffee regardless, we may as well take notes on the coffee culture of the healthiest people.
So, get settled with your cup of joe, and read on …
In Oslo, Norway’s capital, they’re serious about their coffee — from their progressive brew methods to the bean origins and right down to the details in presentation. Coffee is made from lightly roasted beans, which brew an elegant, tea-like drink. It is served black, without milk or sugar. No lattes here.
Australia’s coffee culture is good, which is why Starbucks failed in that country when it first tried back in 2000. This is a nation of self-professed coffee snobs. They’re huge fans of the flat white. While Americans guzzle drip coffee as a way to fuel up for a work day, Australians associate coffee with wellness, socializing and practicing mindfulness. It’s about quality espressos, not cream and sugar.
The Swiss like their coffee strong and robust. Dark roast espresso and “kaffee crème” — which a long espresso-based drink with milk — are the most popular ways to drink coffee in Switzerland.
Germans drink an average of 150 liters of coffee per year, per capita, which might mean they drink more coffee than they do beer or even water. They love this caffeinated brew — and they usually like it brewed as espresso. No drip coffee here.
Danes love to get together for coffee-hygge — and there is a lot to learn about them from that alone.
Singapore likes coffee — a dark, full bodied brew, that is less bitter than its Vietnamese neighbor. They drink up to six cups a day and they like it hot, freshly roasted and sweetened with condensed milk.
Some say the Dutch love coffee almost as much as the British love tea. The Netherlands comes third on the list of nations that drinks the most coffee. In other words, the way the Dutch take their coffee is frequently.
Ireland is predominately a tea-drinking nation — after Turkey, Irish people drink the most tea in the world. But coffee is becoming more and more commonplace, especially with the rise of coffeehouses. One thing we do know (and love) about Irish coffee: they were the first to famously put whiskey in it.
Here’s the thing about Icelanders and coffee — they drink it a lot. Sure, they might not be the nation recorded for drinking the most, but ever since coffee made it to the island back in 1703, it has been an integrated part of the culture. It is tied to celebrations in much the same way that booze is for other cultures. And just so you really understand how much they love the stuff, decaf is not really a thing that’s offered in Iceland.
Canada comes in as the third nation in the world to drink the most coffee. It is the land of Tim Horton’s, after all. Where once a traditional brewed coffee was the norm, now specialty espresso drinks are taking center stage.