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Christian Pfäffli(not a XING member)22 May 2006, 11:48 am
Nearly 41 tons of coffee was imported to Norway last year, meaning the country of just 4.5 million people is in the top ranks of coffee consumption on a per capita basis.
Perhaps it's the cold winters, or simply tradition in a country where it's common to invite people over simply for cake and coffee. The brew is a fixture at dinner parties, where it's common for dinner guests to leave the table after dessert and adjourn to another room for coffee, cake and often a cognac around smaller tables.
Whatever the reason, the import figures boil down to 8.8 kilos of coffee per person. According to the state statistics agency SSB, that would suggest that all Norwegians over the age of 15 drank around four cups of coffee a day.
Home consumption has been stable for several years, at around 5.4 kilos per person. The remaining coffee is served at work and in cafes and restaurants.
Norway, like many other countries around the world, has also seen a big increase in the number of coffee bars that have sprung up in the past few years, where it's become trendy to sip speciality coffees. There are no Starbucks coffee shops in Norway, however.
Coffee imports to Norway were valued at more than NOK 700 million last year. The majority of the beans come from Brazil.
source: Aftenposten English Web Desk