More than 8 out of 10 Greeks drink coffee every day a recent survey revealed, confirming that coffee culture is thriving in the country.
According to a survey by pollsters Kapa Research on behalf of the Hellenic Coffee Association, 84% of Greeks enjoy at least one cup every day.
However, even among those who do not like to drink coffee, the majority (66%) make sure to always have it at home. Thus, while 84% of the participants enjoy their favorite drink on a daily basis, 95% of them buy coffee.
The majority of Greeks consume more than one coffee a day
The majority of those who took part in the survey consume more than one coffee a day. 31% consume one, 40% two and 22% three. Also a tiny minority of 6% consume at least 4 coffees a day, as seen in the table below.
According to the survey, 56% tend to drink more coffee at home, 25% at work and 18% at cafes or takeaways.
53% answered that they had never thought of giving up coffee. However, a percentage of 17% would do so for health reasons, 14% for financial reasons and 13% because coffee causes insomnia.
At the same time, for 38% of those who drink coffee, limiting its consumption at home, at work or outside the home, either for financial reasons or for other reasons, would automatically mean limiting their social interactions, the survey shows.
1,003 volunteers aged 17 and over from the 13 regions of the country participated in the survey, which was conducted in 2023.
Greeks consume 5.5 kilos of coffee annually per capita, putting the country into fifteenth position in a global list of top coffee drinkers.
Probably one of the most important features of modern Greek society, coffee is not just part of an everyday routine but also a ritual that Greek people cannot live without.
Coffee breaks in Greece
Coffee breaks can be really long in Greece, and meeting over a cup of coffee is also the perfect excuse to talk, relax, play board games, or even read the news. The expression “going for a coffee” usually indicates meeting for a chat and catching up.
More modern coffee places, popular among the young, offer a selection of coffees made through a variety of brewing methods. On the other hand, the “kafeneio” is a more traditional place, usually visited by older men.
Coffee choices vary a great deal—from warm to cold—and range from the popular frappé to the more traditional Greek coffee, as well as even more fashionable options, many of them with Italian-flavored names.