When thinking of Finland, many people might picture reindeer, saunas, and the Northern Lights above snowy Lapland.
One thing that isn’t widely associated with the Nordic country, however, is coffee.
But in fact, Finns consume more coffee per capita than people of any other nation, getting through 12 kilograms, or 26.45 pounds, a person each year, according to the International Coffee Organization.
When I went to Finland back in January, I decided to try to find out what’s so great about Finnish coffee.
I quickly learned, however, that Finnish coffee isn’t all that superior compared with coffee everywhere else in the world. Exactly why the Finns consume so much is complex, but climate and culture play key roles.