The 5 Most Popular Coffee Orders in Australia

The 5 Most Popular Coffee Orders in Australia - Chef Works

Author: Kit Kilroy  

It’s no secret that Australians love to start their day with a coffee. According to the research organisation, McCrindle, 75% of Australians consume at least one cup a day. Making sure your cafe is up-to-par in its coffee service is imperative to running a successful business.

You can make sure that your cafe is providing the things that customers want to buy by staying up-to-date with industry trends. Knowing the most popular coffee orders is a great place to start. If a majority of people are ordering these items, ensuring that you’ve got them down to a tee will impress your clientele and have them coming back every morning.

Group of people holding coffees

Most Popular Coffee Orders

Every year Square compiles a report to highlight what’s trending in Australia’s coffee scene. According to their data, these were the top five orders sold at coffee shops around the country in 2019.

  • Latte: 27%
  • Flat White: 25%
  • Cappuccino: 20%
  • Long Black: 8%
  • Espresso: 6%

Infographic on the most popular coffee orders in Australia

While Australians tend to favour coffees with milk, it’s not that simple. The type of milk used matters, as well. Statistics show that non-dairy alternatives have continued to rise over the past year, as Australians are increasingly focused on living sustainably. Making sure that your cafe provides these should be on your list of priorities.

The numbers show that these non-dairy milk alternatives are currently the most popular.

  • Almond Milk: 55%
  • Soy Milk: 42%
  • Oat Milk: 3%
  • Coconut Milk: 1%

Coffee next to oat milk


Something to note is the growing demand for oat milk. Though it’s still less popular than other choices, “oat milk made the biggest surge year-on-year, increasing in popularity a whopping 500% between 2018 and 2019.” That means that though it might not be the most sought-after option right now, the chances are that the number of people ordering oat milk will likely keep growing into 2020 as well.

While classic coffee will always remain a favourite, a few niche orders also might be worth adding to a menu. In 2019, people were branching out beyond the latte and ordering more speciality drinks. Below, we’ve listed the favourite options ranked by how much their popularity increased over 2019.

  • Vietnamese Coffee: 99%
  • Charcoal: 62%
  • Turmeric: 60%
  • Beetroot: 31%



The most popular coffee orders of 2019 can help you predict what customers want in the coming year. Ensuring that your cafe has these options readily available will help you satisfy your customers and guarantee that they keep coming back for more. If you can make a good latte and have a well-stocked supply of almond milk, you’re already off to a good start.

Now that you've got the coffee sorted, it's time to start thinking about other ways to ensure your cafe's success. Keeping track of your operating expenses is a great next step for anyone who's looking to grow their business.

There are many hidden expenses to keep in mind when running a coffee shop, so make sure that you don't overlook anything important. 

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