10 Biggest Coffee Companies You Should Know

By : Lucy
July 18, 2021

You drink coffee to wake up, at workplaces, with friends, in a meeting, after a meal, when you’re dating, when you're lonely, or when you are tired. You enjoy it when it’s hot or cold. Of course, people drink coffee more than ever in 2021.

As a matter of fact, there are countries that produce the most coffee, countries that yield the best coffee beans, and countries that have the highest coffee consumption. But in the name of a coffee lover, do you know the biggest coffee companies that exist in the world? In this article, we will find out this interesting scenario together. 

10. Maxwell House

10. Maxwell House

Maxwell House is one of the best coffee brands of Kraft Heinz in America. In 1884 in Nashville, Tennessee, when coffee brokers Joel Cheek and Roger N. Smith met and studied the optimal blending ratio. 

In 1892, the company became famous by supplying Nashville hotel 'Maxwell House Hotel'. After that, Cheek quitted his job as a broker and met John Neal, a wholesaler of raw materials, and entered the consumer coffee industry in earnestLY. From 1917, he started using the famous catchphrase "Good To the Last Drop". 

In 1928, Maxwell House, which became the property of General Foods Maxwell House, entered the instant coffee market. However, the Maxim brand, despite its premium line, did not perform well. After going through the 'New Maxim' in the 1970s, around the mid-1980s, all models except for the trademark rights were re-incorporated into the Maxwell House. It's important to know that Maxwell House has several kinds of coffee products, such as coffee mix, canned coffee, coffee beans and so on. 

9. Keurig 

9. Keurig

Keurig is the best and most distributed capsule coffee machine brand in America, meaning 'excellence' in Dutch. It is an American coffee brand that accounts for 11% of coffee beans in America. It is a company that is best known as the Keurig Mountain company. 

The K-cup pod is one of the most popular products from this coffee company. As a result, Keurig customers can get a true 'home cafe' by tasting coffee from a cafe they used to enjoy easily at home with family. 

Additionally, those K-cup pods are supplied to many famous coffee shops including Starbucks. On top of that, this company has more than 400 types of coffee beverages and 60 different coffee brands. 

8. Folgers

8. Folgers

The company was founded in 1850, which is a very old coffee brand company. And it is so famous that you can easily find it at many supermarket, grocery store, or website. Folgers Coffee is a long-lived brand with a history of 168 years and is the No. 1 product with a 27% market share in the US retail coffee market. 

In the United States, it also surpassed Starbucks to become the top coffee preference. As its website states, it is characterized by using 100% Arabica beans to provide the taste of authentic Americano. They sell two types of beverages, original and decaffeinated, and they were released as ground coffee and instant coffee.

7. Nescafe

7. Nescafe

Nestlé is the best Swiss food and beverage company. It is the most famous instant coffee brand in the world. Nescafe brand name of the Nestlé Wellness (Nes), and implying that get coffee (Nestlé) cafe in (café) compound word is. 

It has nothing to do with a cafe in the sense of a place that sells coffee. Nescafe is one of the hottest instant coffee brands that is the love for so many coffee customers. It is also best known for its interesting advertisements, especially during the 1990s. 

There are several types of coffee products that you can get from Nestle, one of them is instant coffee. It has a long tradition as instant coffee developed by Nestle in Switzerland in 1938 so that you can easily get coffee at home and has established itself as the world's most well-known instant coffee brand.

One of the most representative food brands of Nestlé, one of the largest companies. Even after acquiring Carnation in 1984, it is distributed alongside the brand called Tasters' Choice in the United States an other countries. In some countries such as Turkey and Greece, Nescafe has become a common noun referring to instant coffee itself. Another product from this company is can coffee. You can find this canned coffee Nescafe easily on the market.

6. Gloria Jeans

6. Gloria Jeans

Gloria Jeans is a company that was founded in Chicago, US. The brand was originally founded in 1979 by an American named Gloria Jean in a small shop in Long Grove, Illinois, and landed in Australia in 1996. Since then, it has achieved tremendous success in the Australian market. For example, in 2005, it obtained the franchise rights from the US headquarters in the world except for the US and Puerto Rico. 

Currently, it has more than 450 coffee shops in Australia, it is under the ownership of Retail Food of Australia. This coffee company owns around 1000 cafes from 39 countries in the world, and it is famous for its premium quality taste. More than that, Gloria Jeans is a chain coffee shop. Therefore, no matter where you go, you can taste the same menu with the same quality.

5. Tim Hortons

5. Tim Hortons

If McDonald's represents American culture, Tim Hortons has become a symbol of Canadian culture. Tim Hortons, a Canadian donut and coffee brand, is loved enough to be called 'national coffee'. It has more than 3,000 stores across Canada so that there is no place without even a small mountain village. Last year, it was operating 4,846 stores in 14 countries around the world. Among the menu items, ice cappuccino and French vanilla are popular. 

Tim Hortons has high sales and sells both coffee and doughnuts. Moreover, it is a fast-food restaurant that is famous for its very fast service. Overall, it is a company that shows high satisfaction in Canada and the US. Recently, it also has plans to enter China. It has partnered with global private equity firm Carnesian Capital Group to open more than 1,500 stores across China over the next 10 years. 

4. McCafe

4. McCafe

McCafe is under the Mcdonald's company, and it was founded in 1993. So, wherever you see Mcdonald's, you will also find McCafe. Following last year's 'Best Burger' project, which upgraded the entire hamburger cooking process, McDonald's gains its popularity by improving the taste and quality of its coffee brand, McCafe.

The coffee bean input has been increased by 14% when extracting espresso, which is the basis of coffee, making it a popular coffee restaurant among coffee aficionados. In the global market, McCafé has already ranked third as the third-largest coffee brand behind Starbucks and Costa Coffee. According to the US customers survey, high-quality coffee brands were included in the top 5 along with Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts.

McCafe's popularity stems from McDonald's coffee project. Last year, McDonald's increased the amount of coffee bean input per cup by 14% on average when making espresso, raising the taste of all coffee menus to the next level. Espresso-based coffees like Americano, Caffe Latte, and Cappuccino are evaluated to have a stronger flavor and aroma.

3. Dunkin Donuts

3. Dunkin Donuts

Dunkin Doughnuts is one of the top companies that is ranked for the top place in terms of coffee shops quantities. Of course, it is famous for its tasty doughnuts, but also very popular for its aromatic coffee as well. Dunkin has more than 70 years of history, and operates in 26 countries around the world, with 11300 shops.  

In the mainland of the United States, Dunkin Coffee does not use an espresso machine, but brews a large amount of coffee using a Dunkin exclusive automatic coffee pot and heats it with an electric heating plate. So no espresso. Although brewed slowly, variation coffee is not only made with espresso but because it sells quickly even after brewing a large amount. Surprisingly, it was the largest coffee shop in the United States. But Starbucks and McDonald's terribly caught up with it, and its prestige was greatly diminished.

However, in the United States, espresso-based beverages began to be sold in the 2010s. Although not as versatile as the specialty coffee chains, espresso, americano, cappuccino, latte, and macchiato have become standard menu items, and Dunkin stores in the US now have espresso machines and milk steamers.

Vanilla chai also changed to a method of heating milk using a steamer and then adding powder, rather than coming out of a machine like hot cocoa. And the menu continues to expand, such as adding dark roasted or cold brew coffee. And in 2019, when the brand was changed to Dunkin, it began to offer coffee, not donuts, as its main menu in earnest.

Dunkin introduced a drive pick-up service for customers who are accustomed to getting desserts such as coffee in the car and increasing their preference for non-face-to-face ordering and payment. This service is available in the drive pickup menu of the Happy Order application. When filling out the order form, enter vehicle information (color, vehicle number), set the estimated time of arrival, and then stop at the designated location for each store. Dunkin explains that it is possible to receive the product in the car without entering the store, saving waiting time, and minimizing contact with others.

2. Costa Coffee

2. Costa Coffee

Costa Coffee is one of the biggest brands in England and is a long-time rival of Starbucks. Compared to Starbucks, it is competitive in terms of low pricing. It is also the second-largest selling coffee shop. Costa Coffee provides more than just a coffee, it offers cold beverages, sandwiches, and many more menu options as well. It comes with many dark interiors and comfortable places for its shops.

In Europe, there are more 'Costa Coffee' stores born in 1971 than Starbucks. It dominates the UK as well as the whole of Europe and has stores in 32 countries around the world. For this reason, Coca-Cola entered the coffee market in 2018 and acquired Costa Coffee for £3.9 billion. In Europe, the existing Costa stores are maintained, and in the United States and Asia, the company plans to target the stronghold of Starbucks by using the Coca-Cola distribution network.

1. Starbucks

1. Starbucks

Starbucks is the world's largest coffee chain. Not only it's specialty coffee, but also tea, juice, and desserts are also distributed. Without a doubt, the number one biggest coffee company is Starbucks. It accounts for 10.2% of America’s coffee market and owns more than 50000 coffee shops around the world. In fact, Starbucks is a very friendly brand to customers that sells more than millions of cups per day.

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