CAFFEINE loving Britons consume 1,460 cups of coffee a year on average (that’s 93,440 cups in an adult lifetime), according to new research.
Researchers took an in-depth look into the hot beverage habits of the nation and discovered £676 is the average amount Brits now spend each year on coffee from shops and cafes – that amounts to £43,264 over a lifetime.
According to the poll, Brits now drink an average of four cups a day – with the latte the most popular coffee of choice (41 per cent said it was their favourite).
And according to the data, people from Cardiff are the biggest fans of the black stuff – with folk from the Welsh capital downing a staggering 1,825 cups a year, more than any other City in the U.K.
The poll shows a staggering 61 per cent prefer drinking coffee to tea, with a separate report by retail research consultancy Allegra, revealing there are now 22,845 coffee shops in the UK, a six percent increase year on year – with 2.3 billion coffees a year being bought and consumed out of home.
The first coffee shop, The Angel, was opened in Oxford in 1652, with the second opening in London in the same year.
Cappuccino came second to latte in terms of the nation’s favourite, with 38 per cent, followed by Americano (26 per cent) and Mocha (16 per cent).
Asked why people switched from tea to coffee, 46 percent said they needed the caffeine boost they get from coffee to wake up in the morning and 39 percent said they needed it as a pick me up during the day.
However, the majority – 65 per cent – said they simply preferred the taste to tea, and 65 per cent of health-conscious Brits say going out for coffee to catch up with friends has now replaced heading out for a boozy night.