By Liz Collin

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Thursday is National Coffee Day, which made us wonder: how much of it do we really drink?

We first took this question to Minnesota-based Caribou Coffee, since Minneapolis is the only major city in the United States where Starbucks is not king.

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“I drink about one large ice coffee a day,” said a Caribou Coffee customer.

The average coffee drinker will have nearly two cups a day, and there are plenty of us that do.

About 64 percent of adults in America drink at least a cup of coffee a day.

The number of places you can go to grab a cup has climbed from 2,800 coffee shops across the country 20 years ago, to 29,000 today.

The average person spends $21.32 a week on coffee.

Tiny Footprint Coffee (credit: CBS)

Tiny Footprint Coffee (credit: CBS)

Alan Krohnke is one of the founders of Tiny Footprint Coffee in Brooklyn Center.

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“It helps you wake up in the morning, so it becomes really personal, it helps you get your day started,” Krohnke said.

Tiny Footprint sells coffee and funds re-forestation efforts in Ecuador. Their slogan: “You buy coffee and we plant trees.”

Krohnke says Minnesota’s java market is right up there next to other well-caffeinated states, like Washington.

“The population here drinks a lot of coffee and a lot of it’s the climate,” he said.

It might also be in our blood. Per capita, Finland, Sweden and Switzerland will drink nearly twice as much coffee than we do – and we have South America to thank for most of it.

“On an on-year, a big crop in Brazil … can produce half the world’s consumption,” Krohnke said.

That is around 60 million of Tiny Footprint’s 150-pound burlap bags every year. It is a supply always working to meet a growing demand, especially on a day meant to celebrate.

Doctors seem to agree that coffee can be good for your health. Research has shown that regular coffee drinkers are less likely to have type 2 diabetes, dementia and fewer cases of cancers.

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But coffee has not been proven to prevent any of those conditions, and consuming too much caffeine can obviously lead to anxiety and loss of sleep.

Liz Collin