In a country where coffee shops are still a common sight, the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reveals that rural coffee shops sell more than their urban counterparts, with rural residents enjoying coffee more than those in cities.
In fact, a whopping 73 per cent of the nation’s coffee shops were in the country’s capital Canberra.
The figures show that coffee shops accounted for almost 30 per cent, or about 6.9 million of the countrys total population.
The biggest city for coffee, Sydney, is followed by Melbourne with 2.5 million.
But while the numbers suggest that coffee is popular in some parts of Australia, other areas such as Melbourne are more likely to have coffee shops.
In Victoria, only one of the state’s 10 main coffee shops was in the capital, while more than half of its coffee shops came from rural areas.
The ABS data was based on information provided by the Australian Rural Credit Corporation (ARCC), which was set up to help the nations rural population get access to credit.ARCC is Australia’s credit agency, which provides credit information for about 100,000 businesses.
The figures are based on the total number of businesses, which is calculated by adding up all the businesses in a region.
ABS data shows that while there were 4.8 million coffee shops and cafes in the state, only about a third of them were in Canberra.
The remainder were in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
However, the figures did show that the capital was the only major city with a significant number of coffee shops: just 1.8 per cent.
This means that while coffee shops still dominate in urban areas, in rural areas they are the dominant mode of supply, the ABS said.
“The main reason for this is that there is more access to capital in these remote areas, which means there is less need for the use of credit cards,” ARCC managing director Peter Mascarenhas said.
“The number of rural-owned coffee shops has increased in recent years, and this is largely because of the rise of the coffee-growing sector.”