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(Aftenposten.no)   Norway is the home of people drinking 20 pounds of coffee a year. Twenty pounds of beans, that is. On average. Small wonder the Vikings terrorized Europe -- they couldn't get any sleep   (aftenposten.no ) divider line
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2006-02-21 09:56:44 AM  
Amateurs.
 
2006-02-21 10:28:05 AM  
I find it hard to drink 20pnds of beans and pooping without constipation.
 
2006-02-21 10:28:47 AM  
Any Neal Stephenson reader is not suprised by this.
 
2006-02-21 10:29:26 AM  
If it's anything like here in Iceland, you have a choice.

In the winter, drink booze and/or coffee cuz it's dark for 20 hours a day.

In the summer, drink booze and/or coffee cuz it's light for 20 hours a day!
 
2006-02-21 10:30:14 AM  
Can we do some sort of conversion on this? 20 isn't a very high number, it doesnt really have the right effect.
 
2006-02-21 10:30:19 AM  
i like my women like my coffee: ground up fine and stored in an airtight cannister in my freezer.

\try the veal. don't forget to tip the waitstaff.
\\really kidding.
 
2006-02-21 10:30:35 AM  
? That's not really an incredible amount of coffee if you think about it. Less than a pound of coffee every two weeks?
 
2006-02-21 10:31:04 AM  
GrooveMonkeyZero: Amateurs

Absolutely. I grind a little over a pound weekly.
 
2006-02-21 10:32:36 AM  
I'm not addicted to caffeine, but the absence of it turns me into a raving lunatic.
 
2006-02-21 10:33:45 AM  
Figure that a pound of beans is about 32 cups, x 20 = 640 cups a year, or about 1.75 cups a day on average.

Seems like a pretty fair amount, but not an OMG! amount.

/doesn't drink coffee, 4 diet cokes a day
 
2006-02-21 10:34:11 AM  
I can believe it. I quit smoking, I drink a LOT more coffee. Start the day with a pot. Go to work and drink a pot. Don't drink at least one pot of coffee a day...and I get these blinding migraines that make life a hell from which death would be a sweet, sweet release.

Considering that the increase in coffee eased me right off cigarettes, I consider it a fair trade.
 
2006-02-21 10:34:40 AM  
well, the caffine in a natural laxative and diuretic. 20lbs is actually not that much 20lbs/365days=about .88 ounces of ground coffee per day, which is probably enough for 1 1/2 cups of coffee.

/drinkin some right now
//french press is the way to go baby!
 
2006-02-21 10:34:41 AM  
Can we do some sort of conversion on this? 20 isn't a very high number, it doesnt really have the right effect.

Norway is the home of people drinking 5,833 pennyweight of coffee a year. 5,833 pennyweight of beans, that is. On average. Small wonder the Vikings terrorized Europe - they couldn't get any sleep
 
2006-02-21 10:35:55 AM  
Coffee? Who needs it. I drink a gallon of jolt every week. On top of that I chew caffeinated gum during work. I go to bed sleeping next to a syringe filled with Mountain Dew.
 
2006-02-21 10:36:36 AM  
Well, they're doing something right...

US:
total population: 77.71 years
male: 74.89 years
female: 80.67 years (2005 est.)

Norway:
total population: 79.4 years
male: 76.78 years
female: 82.17 years (2005 est.)

/knows this isn't necessarily related to coffee consumption
 
2006-02-21 10:36:59 AM  
5,833 PENNYWEIGHTS?!?!?! WOWWEE ZOWEE, thoses guys are inSAAAANE.


/thanks ogini
 
2006-02-21 10:37:06 AM  
I'm norwegian and that number is way too low.

I blame the kids these days. Drinking artificial crap like Coka Cola, Pepsi and what not.
 
2006-02-21 10:37:38 AM  
1.75 cups a day?

Amateurs.
 
2006-02-21 10:39:55 AM  
i think i'm currently going through about 1.5 pounds a week, and i'm the only coffee drinker in the house. last time i was visiting my health care provider, we discussed my consumption levels. he was surprised that my heart didn't spontaneously burst from my chest and start dancing around the room.

i think he was more surprised by the fact my resting heart rate is around 45 bpm, my blood pressure is borderline low, and i get between 6 and 9 hours of sleep per night.

/light roast, please - preserve the caffeine
//oh, and i'm a smoker, too.
///caffeine and nicotine are antagonists... nicotine makes your body burn through caffeine twice as quickly
////miserable, borderline psychopathic bastard until i've had my first pot of the day
//hate people, love coffee and slashies!
 
2006-02-21 10:41:01 AM  
btw platypusjones, that is horrible to coffee, dries out the natural oils in the coffee. Coffee should be bought only ever 2 weeks (i.e. a 2 week supply) and stored in an airtight, dry, room temperature container. Only grind enough for a single use.
 
2006-02-21 10:41:46 AM  
Guys, I checked the Norwegian Statistics Bureau...and it comes out to FOUR cups of coffee for every man, woman, and child over the age of 15.

I totally beleive it. The people over here drink ungodly amounts of coffee.

/submitter
//not really
///it was my husband
 
2006-02-21 10:42:48 AM  
the figures from the article don't seem that much, as others have remarked...

at home i go through a pound in two weeks, and at work we go through 5 lbs in four weeks with me drinking about 75 percent of it...so that makes a little under a pound and a half a week...

that comes to about 74 pounds a year...and i'm probably about middle of the pack for a dedicated nyc coffee drinker...

and considering how coffee cleans me out, i'm surprised there hasn't been a study out about how good (or bad) it is for your colon...
 
2006-02-21 10:43:11 AM  
markie_farkie: If it's anything like here in Iceland, you have a choice.

In the winter, drink booze and/or coffee cuz it's dark for 20 hours a day.

In the summer, drink booze and/or coffee cuz it's light for 20 hours a day!


It's fun, isn't it? :)
/has the winter blues....
 
2006-02-21 10:44:01 AM  
And, I might add, it's four cups of paint-peeling, plastic fork melting, high-test coffee. 'Strong coffee' doesn't even begin to cover it.
 
2006-02-21 10:44:37 AM  
Then it's a good thing the Vikings never got their hands on "Jolt" Cola. Although all of the caffiene does help to explain those berserker guys.

/History Minor.
//See dad, it was too a worthwhile degree!!!
///time for a Diet Mt. Dew
 
2006-02-21 10:46:55 AM  
ManifestDestiny
And, I might add, it's four cups of paint-peeling, plastic fork melting, high-test coffee. 'Strong coffee' doesn't even begin to cover it.

bah. it isn't real coffee unless it comes when you whistle for it.

/teh bestest coffay has a high iron content
//from dissolving the spoon
 
2006-02-21 10:47:35 AM  
cleveoh

Then it's a good thing the Vikings never got their hands on "Jolt" Cola. Although all of the caffiene does help to explain those berserker guys.

My love for you is like a truck... BERSERKER!!!!
 
2006-02-21 10:48:40 AM  
WTF? I would guess many people average just under a pound per week--I do, at least. Sometimes it's not so much caffeine addiction than a reluctance to drink the swill that's been kept warm for the better part of the day.
 
2006-02-21 10:52:25 AM  
Coffee is so much mud and the single biggest reason for the downfall of the British Empire.

Kidding.

Blue Mountain rocks my world.
 
2006-02-21 10:56:52 AM  
20# sounds about right.
All the coffee is to counteract the cold and lack of daylight for over half the year.
 
2006-02-21 10:58:00 AM  
Fark Lord of the Sith
Blue Mountain rocks my world.

blue mountain is nice, but ridiculously overspendy. same goes for kona. trendoid coffeesippers who just want to be known for having taste are ruining the market for those of us who like our good stuff.

barnie's pissed me off when they started rate-limiting how your free pound could be gotten. used to get 'free' blue mountain every couple of months after filling up another card. now your freebie can't cost more than any of the pounds you've bought filling the card. le sigh.

fortunately, there's some quality stuff out of sumatra and tanzania these days... loves me some tanzania peaberry. (queensland peaberry is tasty as well.)

/kenya aa ftw!
//not so much on the latin american coffees
 
2006-02-21 10:58:04 AM  
Fark Lots (hehe)

I see your Blue Mountain and raise you Mayorga!
 
2006-02-21 10:59:03 AM  
comparing the coffee consumption in cups makes no sense. what kind of cups? espresso, ristretto, capucino, cafe latte,...?

as a caffein-addict I am also above the average norwegian, but my girlfriend hardly drinks any coffee. thus, we are the perfect-norwegian-coffee-drinker-couple, if we would live there :)
 
2006-02-21 11:01:35 AM  
Bravo submitter!
 
2006-02-21 11:05:18 AM  
2006-02-21 10:47:35 AM

did he just say "making f@#k" ?
 
2006-02-21 11:07:14 AM  
summerkc
indeed. i do that. usually grind right before brewing. i prefer a french press, but got a really nice perc for christmas a few years ago. it can get a little bitter, but it's still good.
 
2006-02-21 11:09:46 AM  
I have no evidence to back up this claim, but from personal observation, no one can put away coffee like Scandinavians. Coffee isn't even native to them, but they've taken to it like fish to water. Have you seen the size of their coffee urns at any Lutheran pot-luck luncheon/dinner? They must be 3 stories tall! And yet, they drain them. Plus, the Scandinavian-American women toiling in Stoughton, Wisconsin invented the term "coffee break".
 
2006-02-21 11:10:38 AM  
It's a long story, but bit that I like is this:

In the early 1870s, T.G. Mandts Wagon Works was Stoughtons major industry, attracting Norwegian immigrants to to work in the factory. Mandts factory employed all the available men, leaving the leaf tobacco industry with a labor shortage.

Osmund Gunderson, a local tobacco warehouse owner, found it necessary to employ women in the community. He hired the women on Coffee Street* to stem tobacco for the cigar factories. The women agreed to work in Gundersons warehouse, separating the soft part of the tobacco leaf from the plant stem, on one condition: they had to be allowed to take a break every morning and afternoon. On their breaks, the women would run home, check on their children, start a meal, and have a cup of coffee. Lacking alternatives, Gunderson agreed to their demand.


* Incidentally, Coffee Street earned its name long before Gundersons acquiescence. When doing their shopping, the frugal homemakers would purchase green coffee beans because the raw beans were cheaper than roasted ones. The women would roast the beans in large pans in their wood-burning stoves before grinding them for use. The resulting aroma could be smelled for blocks and gave the street its scented moniker.
 
2006-02-21 11:17:59 AM  
Norwegians Shmorwegians!

Last I heard the Finns were in the lead of the coffee drinking business, with sweden coming second

I'm Swedish/Finnish; when I still lived at my parents' expense my mom could tell if I was at home just by looking at the brewer

- No coffee in it? No Torbjrn at home
..and I drank it in pint-glasses :)
 
2006-02-21 11:18:30 AM  
20 pounds isn't really that high, hell, a pot a day will burn through that.
 
2006-02-21 11:18:56 AM  
TechRat, I came by my Blue Mountain taste honestly. I discovered its allure in Jamaica. So, there's a good chance that the taste and aroma have a deeper subconscious hold on me. I dig me some Tanzania Peaberry, too. Yeah, it's overpriced, but I also don't drink Budweiser.
 
2006-02-21 11:20:59 AM  
What a bunch of sissies. 8.8 kilos a year? My wife and I roast our own and buy a 20lb bag of green every few months (in addition to smaller bags we buy to try new beans).

Roasted up some Ethiopia Yirgacheffe last night. Just a few snaps in to second crack... Also have some Ethiopia FTO Harar -Oromia Coop and Brazil Cerrado 1st Place -Faz. Cruz Branca to be roasted.

MMmm....... Coffee....
 
2006-02-21 11:23:12 AM  
Mohammed Wong
I have no evidence to back up this claim, but from personal observation, no one can put away coffee like Scandinavians. Coffee isn't even native to them, but they've taken to it like fish to water. Have you seen the size of their coffee urns at any Lutheran pot-luck luncheon/dinner?

As a Lutheran of Norwegian heritage I have to say I've made the same observations.

My brother, mom, aunts, and grandmother can do 20 lbs of coffee a day.

/nature?
//or nuture?
 
2006-02-21 11:24:38 AM  
Toblo is my new best friend.

Swedish/Finnish here also! Married to a Norwegian so I guess they are kind of OK though.
 
2006-02-21 11:25:46 AM  
Hmm... my dad buys two lb. bags a week. So that's about 104 lbs of coffee a year...
 
2006-02-21 11:31:21 AM  
This is the average. So there must be some people who do not drink coffee over there. I doubt the US breaks the two cups a day average.

/3 cups a day myself.
 
2006-02-21 11:35:27 AM  
Well how could they not, with all those Danish in such close proximity?
 
2006-02-21 11:40:15 AM  
I'm Danish, Norwegian and Swedish! ...which just makes me confused.
 
2006-02-21 11:42:35 AM  
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2006-02-21 11:47:24 AM  
Ever had the urge to stay up all night with your friends? Well, when the night is 23 hours long, you need some caffeine. Them Norwegians are apparently a hard-partying bunch. Or they all study hard.
 
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