Lots of people dream of running a cafe business; you get to join the exciting food service industry, meet new people and serve up tasty goodies. Although it's a competitive industry, it holds plenty of potential for aspiring entrepreneurs, particularly as we start to put the Covid-19 pandemic behind us. Here are some of the top coffee shop sector stats to whet your appetite.
Whether you’re on the lookout for a coffee shop franchise opportunity, or you’re learning how to open a coffee shop yourself, understanding the industry inside out is crucial. So, we’ve rounded up 30 of the most interesting - and important - statistics to help you build a profitable business.
30 interesting coffee shop sector stats
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- Coffee is the world’s most popular drink - across the globe, we consume around two billion cups of the beverage every single day (British Coffee Association)
- The UK is the fifth largest coffee consumer in Europe (Market Inspector)
- The amount of coffee Brits drink is increasing - we now consume around 95 million cups daily across the UK (British Coffee Association)
- Older people tend to drink more coffee - the average number of cups consumed average out at half for under-20s, 1.3 for millennials, 2.1 for Generation X and 2.2 for those in their 50s and over (Market Inspector)
- Over a quarter (27 percent) of UK coffee drinkers consume more than two cups per day (Statista)
- Brits prefer to drink coffee with milk, as opposed to consuming it ‘black’
- The latte is the most popular type of coffee sold by cafes, followed by the cappuccino - UK coffee shops serve close to a billion lattes and around 800 million cappuccinos every year (Kantar Worldpanel)
- Four in five UK households buy instant coffee, which is particularly popular among consumers aged 65 and up (British Coffee Association)
- Ground coffee and single-serve coffee pods are becoming increasingly popular, especially among millennials, who make up 16 percent of the market for these types of products (British Coffee Association)
- Nescafé is the most popular instant coffee brand in the UK (Statista)
- Taylors of Harrogate is the most popular freshly ground coffee brand in the UK (Statista)
- Every year, the UK imports £828 million of coffee (Statista)
- France is the leading supplier when it comes to the UK’s coffee importation (Statista)
- Up to 76 percent of the value of the average cup of coffee consumed in the UK is thought to be produced on British soil (British Coffee Association)
- The UK coffee market expands by around 10 percent each year (Market Inspector)
- Every year, the UK manufactures around 30,000 tonnes of coffee, worth over £200 million (Statista)
- There are over 100 tea and coffee processing companies in the UK, which generate more than £2 billion in combined revenue (Statista)
- The coffee industry accounts for over 210,000 jobs across the UK (British Coffee Association)
- Experts suggest the coffee industry contributes around £9 billion (GVA) to the UK economy, and generates an output of over £17 billion (British Coffee Association)
- In the UK, coffee drinkers consume 65 percent of their quota at home, 25 percent at work or while studying, and 10 percent in shops, bars and restaurants (Market Inspector)
- Four in five people who visit coffee shops do so at least once a week, whilst 16 percent nip in on a daily basis (British Coffee Association)
- Costa Coffee, Starbucks and Caffè Nero are the leading cafe brands in the UK
- Costa Coffee is Europe’s largest cafe chain, with over 3,000 branches - Starbucks has 2,800, but over 14,800 in North America, where it’s the leading coffee shop sector brand (Statista)
- A decade ago, Costa Coffee had just under 200 branches in the UK - now, it has over 2,400
- As 96 percent of hotel and catering franchises are profitable, businesses in the coffee shop sector have a three-percent higher success rate than the 93-percent industry average (BFA-NatWest)
- Tesco is the leading retailer for the coffee sector, with a 29 percent market share (Market Inspector)
- Almost three quarters of coffee drinkers want cafes to be more transparent about where and how they get their supplies (Allegra World Coffee Portal)
- More than four in 10 cafe visitors say they’re put off by queues (Allegra World Coffee Portal)
- Brits celebrate International Coffee Day on the 1st October, as well as UK Coffee Week, which raises money for Project Waterfall, helping global communities access clean water and sanitation
- Coffee is now one of the most heavily researched products on the planet, and experts release new data on a regular basis (British Coffee Association)
Covid-19 has provided the coffee market with a temporary boost, as the nationwide lockdown brought out-of-home coffee to the home overnight. As the lockdown continues to be eased, however, more coffee occasions are expected to shift back out of home, albeit to a lesser extent than previously. Whilst coffee in retail is viewed as a good value option, the recession will put pressure on brands to prove their value proposition.
– Amy Price, Senior Food & Drink Analyst
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Join the coffee shop sector today
Do you feel inspired to start running your own business in the coffee shop sector? If so, you’re in luck - there are countless high-quality opportunities across the UK to get your very own cafe up and running. From household-name brands to van-based mobile businesses, you’ll find lots of different options when it comes to choosing a coffee shop sector franchise.
If you invest in a coffee shop franchise, your franchisor will guide you through every aspect of the set-up process. Plus, they’ll provide ongoing support in a range of different areas as you continue to develop your business.
Take a look at our current selection of exciting coffee shop sector franchise opportunities to kick-start a new career journey.
Alice Tuffery, Point Franchise ©