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What Are the Most Popular Varieties of Coffee and Tea for 2015?

What Are the Most Popular Varieties of Coffee and Tea for 2015?Americans are creatures of trend. In other words, we see the glimpses of a new trend catching on and we all hop on board like so many teenagers running to a rock concert. Being in the coffee industry, we find it fascinating to look ahead at the trends that might be coming our way. Every year we see certain products come, other products go, and still other products taking everybody by surprise in one way or another.

So, what are the most popular varieties of coffee and tea for 2015? Let’s take a look. You might be surprised by what we found. We will start with tea as it is more easily defined than coffee.

Popular Tea Varieties

Tea drinkers are more apt to not only prefer certain varieties, but also to know exactly what those varieties are. Coffee drinkers think more in terms of brand name. In light of this, it is fairly easy to pick out the most popular tea varieties based on retail sales and consumer trends. We have listed the top five below, according to Eater.com:

  • Pu’erh Tea –You may have never heard of this variety of tea if you do not consider yourself a connoisseur. Regardless, Pu’erh is a fermented tea that comes from China’s Yunnan province.
  • Black Tea – The tried-and-true black tea remains as one of the most popular teas sold around the world. Black tea is widely available, inexpensive and capable of producing very bold flavor.
  • Oolong Tea – A very well known tea that hails from Taiwan and China. It is known for its rich flavor brought out by steeping as many as 8 to 10 times.
  • Green Tea – Those who love green tea swear by its health benefits. It remains popular in America despite declining sales elsewhere.
  • White Tea – White tea is known for its gentle, delicate flavor and low oxidation. It requires very little processing between farm and market.

Popular Coffee Varieties

It is much harder to put our finger on popular coffee varieties because worldwide consumer preferences are not strictly measured. If you went to Ethiopia, for example, coffee drinkers could tell you details about each of the varieties grown in their country. Ask Americans about their favorite variety and they are likely to say something like Starbucks or Green Mountain.

What we can say is that standard, black coffee still dominates the market even though the hipster designer drinks are catching up. Among the strongest performers are lattes, cappuccinos, and Americano blend drinks. Iced coffee seems to have peaked, with sales now fairly flat.

Galaxie Coffee services the greater New York area with a full list of excellent coffees and teas. You can view all of our products here on our website. If you are currently being serviced by another coffee company, we would appreciate the opportunity to offer you a comparison. If not, can we have the honor of earning your business?

Whose Numbers Are Greater: Coffee or Tea Drinkers?

Whose Numbers Are Greater: Coffee or Tea Drinkers?How common is it for people to begin the day with a hot beverage? It is nearly universal. Not only do we start our days with something hot, many people consume hot beverages throughout the day as well. This gives rise to a question that has been a matter of debate among coffee and tea drinkers for generations: whose numbers are greater?

The debate has a tendency to take on a life of its own when it involves individuals with strong opinions about either beverage. In order to spark some interest, and some lively discussion around your own office coffee pot, we have the numbers straight up. They are interesting, to say the least.

Coffee and Tea Consumption Worldwide

It is difficult to give an exact number of coffee versus tea drinkers worldwide. That said, there are some statistics we can use to extrapolate. For example, worldwide coffee production is about 8.5 million metric tons annually as compared to 4.7 million metric tons of tea. Coffee is the clear winner in terms of raw production. However, Pew Research notes that it only requires 2 grams of tea to make a single cup whereas coffee requires 10 grams. Tea production gets more bang for the buck.

Pew Research also cites a 2002 research paper published by GeoJournal in which writer David Grigg asserted that the number of cups of tea consumed annually outpaces coffee 3 to 1. However, volume does not necessarily indicate a greater number of drinkers. As Grigg’s paper explains, tea in many Eastern countries is used for religious and medical purposes in addition to being a daily beverage. These additional uses can increase consumption without necessarily increasing the total number drinkers.

North America, Europe, Asia

The numbers become a little more defined when we look at specific regions. For instance, coffee drinkers in the United States outnumber their tea-drinking counterparts by 3 to 1. In Canada, coffee is preferred (57.7%) over tea (42.3%), just as it is in Mexico (89.7% vs 10.3%) and most of South America.

Europe also tends to prefer coffee to tea, though not in such large numbers. Spain leads the Mediterranean region with a preference for coffee at nearly 86%. Nevertheless, that’s nothing compared to the Nordic region of Europe were coffee is preferred at a rate of nearly 90% in Norway, Sweden and Finland.

Moving on to Asia presents entirely different numbers. For example, Russia prefers tea by a rate of 77.5%. Chinese consumers are 99% tea drinkers while India comes in at 89% for tea. The two exceptions in Asia appear to be Thailand and the Philippines; they prefer coffee at rates of 76.6% and 94.7% respectively.

Whether you prefer coffee or tea, Galaxie offers both choices. We would be happy to bring our coffee, tea, and beverage service to your company in the greater New York area. We offer clients a long list of beverage and allied products along with the best equipment in the business.