Two weeks ago my office building got new coffee machines. Coffee from this new machine seems disastrous. I am no coffee drinker (I drink cappuccino and latte occassionally) but I can tell the coffee is no good.
Many colleagues have been grumpy since the new coffee machine was installed. Dutchies and bad coffee don’t go together. Not at all.
Dutchies drink their coffee in the morning at breakfast, at lunch, at 4 pm when the dip kicks in and after dinner. This frequent consumption puts The Netherlands on top of the coffee drinking country in the world.
Chart courtesy of cdnatlantic. This chart was published in January 2014.
Apparently The Netherlands beat Finland from the number one position. One thing in common which catches my attention is: the countries in the top ten are from the north hemisphere. This is intriguing since coffee originally comes from Ethiopia, Africa. And although most delicious coffee come from Italy, Italians ended up quite low in the chart with only 0,336 cup coffee per day.
Starting from 1530 people in Turkey, Egypt, Syria drank it in coffee houses. 1615 coffee came to Europe. In 1660es first coffee houses were opened in Paris, Amsterdam, Marseille, Hamburg and Vienna. London followed ten years later.
At that time coffee trade was in monopoly of Arabian traders. However VOC (Dutch East India Company) smuggled a coffee plant from Mocca, a haven city in Yemen in 1696. They planted it first in Malabar, India. After that the Dutchies planted it in Java, Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) from where it spreaded to other islands in the archipelago; Bali and Sumatra.
Does Dutch coffee addiction have to do with its history? Perhaps. As Dutch coffee brands such Douwe Egberts, Kannis & Gunnink and Van Nelle dated from 18th century. The Golden Age of Dutch trade, one of which was coffee trade.
Due to holidays and trends there are more and more coffee variations available in The Netherlands. Beside the black coffee Dutchies love to drink Espresso. After that come Cappuccino and Koffie verkeerd (wrong coffee aka Latte, strong coffee with much milk).
Dutch coffee Trivia