Coffee drinkers outnumber tea drinkers in the U.S., but not by as much as you might expect. The ratio is 183 million coffee drinkers to 173.5 million tea drinkers (as reported in 2013).
So, if you thought that you didn’t know any tea drinkers, think again.
Statistically, 183 million to 173.5 million is practically a tie. Coffee has only got a 5% edge on tea.
Naturally, there is probably a good deal of overlap in caffeinated drinking. Plenty of people who drink coffee also drink tea and people who drink tea primarily also drink coffee sometimes. So, we’re not exactly looking at a national divide where half the country drinks tea and wears tea t-shirts and the other half drinks coffee and wears coffee jerseys and they meet on Sundays in a big stadium (okay, a huge, colossally big stadium) to cheer for their favorite beverage.
Before we start shaking hands and saying “good game,” this story has got a twist.
Although the number of people who drink coffee and tea might be roughly equal, the amount of coffee we drink compared to tea is far more distinguishing.
Take a look at this infographic. It shows that Americans drink about 125 grams of tea per person on a daily basis, but we drink 2,232 grams of coffee per person every day. That’s a huge difference.