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How many Indians drink coffee or tea? Find out...

December 25, 2013 10:59 IST

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The world is more or less divided when it comes to tea or coffee. The developed world, except for the United Kingdom, loves coffee, while the developing nations prefer tea.

Let's take a look at who prefers cuppa over latte.

Source: The Economist

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Image: Barista Vanessa Ament at Starbucks' Roy Street Coffee and Tea in Seattle, Washington.
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India

How many drank tea in 2012: 89 per cent

How many drank coffee in 2012: 11 per cent

Although big coffee chains have entered the local market, Indians still prefer their cuppa over latte.

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Image: Youngsters at a coffee shop in Chandigarh.
Photographs: Ajay Verma/Reuters
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Pakistan

How many drank tea in 2012: 99 per cent

How many drank coffee in 2012: 1 per cent

With 99 per cent preferring tea, it's pretty obvious that Pakistanis aren't much in awe of coffee.

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Image: Model Eqra has coffee as she waits to get her makeup done backstage before taking to the catwalk at the Fashion Week in Islamabad.
Photographs: Insiya Syed/Reuters

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China

How many drank tea in 2012: 98.9 per cent

How many drank coffee in 2012: 1.1 per cent

With tea being an integral part of China's culture, it's no surprise that coffee comes a distant second.

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Image: Tea attendants wait to serve delegates during the plenary meeting of the National People's Congress, China's parliament, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
Photographs: Jason Lee/Reuters
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The United States

How many drank tea in 2012: 24.6 per cent

How many drank coffee in 2012: 75.4 per cent

The United States, like most of the Western world, simply loves coffee.

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Image: Customers wait at a Tim Hortons coffee and bake shop at Penn Station in New York.
Photographs: Jamie Fine/Reuters

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The United Kingdom

How many drank tea in 2012: 78.4 per cent

How many drank coffee in 2012: 21.6 per cent

The United Kingdom is the odd one out among developed countries when it comes to tea.

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Image: Patrons sit in a Starbucks Coffee shop in central London.
Photographs: Andrew Winning/Reuters

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Australia

How many drank tea in 2012: 50.3 per cent

How many drank coffee in 2012: 49.7 per cent

Australia is nearly divided in its love for the two hot drinks.

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Image: People sit down at a coffee shop in Sydney's central business district.
Photographs: Daniel Munoz/Reuters
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Canada

How many drank tea in 2012: 42.3 per cent

How many drank coffee in 2012: 57.7 per cent

Canadians love coffee but only slightly more than tea.

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Image: Semi-retired Ian Morton drinks his coffee while holding his dog Zoey onboard his houseboat docked at Le Port De Plaisance de Lachine, a marina in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Photographs: Christinne Muschi/Reuters
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Russia

How many drank tea in 2012: 77.5 per cent

How many drank coffee in 2012: 22.5 per cent

Russia, which is more famous for its love of vodka than either of these drinks, clearly prefers tea.

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Image: Assistants of an artist stick coffee beans as they complete their creation after more than 10 days of work at the Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure in Moscow, Russia.
Photographs: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters
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Germany

How many drank tea in 2012: 39.8 per cent

How many drank coffee in 2012: 60.2 per cent

With 60 per cent preferring coffee, it's clear that Germans aren't too enamoured by tea.

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Image: More than 77,000 coffee cups are arranged in a pattern on the ground next to the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, as part of a promotion for a German television documentary showing what a German citizen consumes on average in his lifetime.
Photographs: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters
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France

How many drank tea in 2012: 29.5 per cent

How many drank coffee in 2012: 70.5 per cent

France, known for its sophistication and love of wine, is a nation of coffee drinkers.

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Image: Pedestrians pass by Starbucks's coffee house in Paris.
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Spain

How many drank tea in 2012: 14.1 per cent

How many drank coffee in 2012: 85.9 per cent

Coffee clearly trumps tea in the land of bullfighting and flamenco dance.

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Image: An employee takes her coffee break at a free restaurant in Santander Central Hispano's complex, Santander Group City, in Boadilla del Monte, in the outskirst of Madrid, Spain.
Photographs: Susana Vera/Reuters
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Italy

How many drank tea in 2012: 21.6 per cent

How many drank coffee in 2012: 78.4 per cent

Coffee clearly trumps tea in the land of pasta and fashion.

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Image: People gather at an outdoor cafe in the main square in Trieste, Italy.
Photographs: Damjan Balbi/Reuters
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Poland

How many drank tea in 2012: 48.7 per cent

How many drank coffee in 2012: 51.3 per cent

Like Australia, Poland is divided when it comes to coffee and tea.

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Image: A waitress prepares coffee at a Seventh Heaven restaurant in the centre of the Town of Pabianice, Poland.
Photographs: Peter Andrews/Reuters

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Switzerland

How many drank tea in 2012: 69.7 per cent

How many drank coffee in 2012: 30.3 per cent

Switzerland, famous for its natural beauty and chocolates, clearly loves coffee.

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Image: An employee carries a tray with cups of coffee at a Starbucks store aboard a train in Zurich, Switzerland.
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The Netherlands

How many drank tea in 2012: 26.2 per cent

How many drank coffee in 2012: 73.8 per cent

The Netherlands, which is well-known for its cannabis cafes, prefers coffee over tea.

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Image: A view of a coffee shop in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
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The Czech Republic

How many drank tea in 2012: 34.5 per cent

How many drank coffee in 2012: 65.5 per cent

The Czech Republic, which has one of the heaviest alcohol drinkers in the world, is more into coffee than tea.

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Image: A coachman keeps himself warm by sipping a hot cup of coffee in central Prague's Old Town Square, the Czech Republic.
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Latvia

How many drank tea in 2012: 71.1 per cent

How many drank coffee in 2012: 28.9 per cent

Latvians clearly prefer tea over coffee.

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Image: A view of Riga Plaza shopping centre in Riga, Latvia.
Photographs: Ints Kalnins/Reuters
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Japan

How many drank tea in 2012: 62.6 per cent

How many drank coffee in 2012: 37.4 per cent

Unlike most developed nations, Japan is in love with tea.

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Image: Customers play with cats at the Cat Cafe Calico in Western Tokyo. Visitors can mingle with cats at the cafe as they enjoy a cup of tea.
Photographs: Michael Caronna/Reuters
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United Arab Emirates

How many drank tea in 2012: 60.2 per cent

How many drank coffee in 2012: 39.8 per cent

United Arab Emirates, which has a sizable South Asian and British population, begins its day with cuppa rather than latte.

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Image: People smoke water pipes and drink coffee at Ziara Ramadan tent in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Thailand

How many drank tea in 2012: 23.4 per cent

How many drank coffee in 2012: 76.6 per cent

Unlike other developing nations, Thailand is in love with coffee.


Image: A waitress cleans the window of a cafe in Bangkok's financial district, Thailand.
Photographs: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters
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