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Food / February 2, 2022

Dublin is Europe’s coffee capital

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Food / February 2, 2022

Dublin is Europe’s coffee capital

Words: Shamim de Brún

According to a study conducted by Each Night, Dublin is Europe’s coffee capital.

After ranking only second in 2021 the fair city has come back to claim the championship. She now reigns supreme over cities such as Lisbon, Amsterdam, and Rome.

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The study is based on the number of cafés per million people. For example, Dublin has 232 cafés, with a population of 525,383, which means they have 441.53 cafés per million people. 

Europe appears to boast the best coffee globally, featuring eight of the top 10 capital cities, with Bern, Paris, Prague, Lisbon, Helsinki and Copenhagen joining Dublin and Amsterdam in the top 10.

In second place is Athens, coming in at 397.56 cafés per million people due to their population of 664,046. Prague, which has a whopping 448 cafés, lands in third due to its large population (1,335,084), leaving them with only 335.56 cafés per million. The United Kingdom by far had the most cafés in their capital city, standing at 1,585, but like Prague, their vast population (8,961,989) reduces their cafés per million considerably. London, therefore only comes in at number 14 on the list.


Jasmin Lee, who conducted this study for Each Night, deduced this from her findings:

“It’s obvious by now that coffee is a daily necessity for many people, and this data gives an idea of which European cities can’t get through the day without it, with many smaller cities seemingly consuming the most. It’s fascinating to see how varied the top ten entries are and that Italy, the pioneer of the Espresso machine, does not even sit in the top three.”

Dublin coffee, however, ranks fourth-best in Europe according to a different study conducted by coffee suppliers Selecta. The Irish capital ranked just behind Edinburgh, Scotland, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Florence, Italy, in a study of 89 different European cities.

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