, Volume 57, Issue 4, pp 283–294 | Cite as

The worlds of tea and coffee: Patterns of consumption

  • David Grigg


Coffee and tea are both drunk in most countries, but typically one predominates. Coffee is the preferred drink in Europe and the Americas, tea elsewhere. Until the early eighteenth century coffee production and consumption was confined to the Islamic world, tea production to East Asia. European traders altered this pattern dramatically. The present pattern of coffee consumption is influenced by income per capita, that of tea is not. Religious influences played some part in the early development of both tea and coffee but have little relevance at the present. National factors have influenced wider patterns. British preference for tea was taken to all their colonies. In recent years fears about health have had some influence on coffee consumption.

Coffee health income per capita nation religion tea trade 


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  • David Grigg
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  1. 1.Department of GeographyThe University of SheffieldSheffieldU.K.

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