Story: Food and beverage manufacturing

Coffee and tea consumption

New Zealand has turned from a primarily tea-drinking country to a mainly coffee-drinking country, although tea still remains popular. It was around the 1980s that coffee and tea consumption was about even at 2 kilograms per person. Since then coffee has overtaken tea – partly due to the growth of a café culture over the 1990s.

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Source: Ray Bailey and Mary Earle, Home cooking to takeaways: changes in food consumption in New Zealand during 1880–1990. Palmerston North: Massey University, 1993. p. 250

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Story by Sarah Wilcox, published 11 Mar 2010