In the survey, "gourmet" coffee is defined as both espresso-based drinks and regular coffee made with beans that the consumer considers to be gourmet.
In the recent survey, 34% of U.S. adults said they drink gourmet coffee daily -- up from 31% in 2013, reports Reuters.
About the same proportion (35%) of adults report that they're daily drinkers of non-gourmet coffee. However, that's down from 39% last year, accounting for the overall decline in the average daily-coffee-drinker percentage.
Nearly one-fifth (18%) of adults said they consume espresso-based coffee drinks -- up from 13% in 2013's survey.
A sharp upswing in use of single-cup brewers is likely contributing to the "gourmet" consumption upswing: 29% of respondents now report having made their previous day's coffee with a single-cup brewer, versus 20% in 2013.
Also, 15% report having at-home single-cup brewers, up 12% from a year ago. And one-quarter said they were likely to buy one of these machines in the next six months.
Meanwhile, those using drip coffeemakers declined to 53%, down from 58% a year ago.
The association's study, conducted online from mid-January to mid-February, has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.9%. It
has been conducted since 1950.
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