Food & Drink

These are the 10 jobs that drink the most coffee

Since it's the natural partner for donuts, you might bet that those breakfast treat-obsessed police officers consume the most Joe. But you'd be wrong, according to a new poll by the UK firm Pressat. The company asked 10,000 professionals about their coffee intake and found that journalists actually rely most heavily on the black stuff.

Pressat uncovered lots of interesting stuff from their coffee habits survey. For starters, 85% of respondents admitted to drinking a minimum three cups a day, while 70% said their work would be affected without at least one cup. Men apparently drink slightly more coffee (5%) than women, and most people (60%) are unaware that drinking gratuitous java can hurt your heart. But you just want to know if your job hit the top ten in coffee consumption, so here's the list for reference:

  • Journalists and media staff
  • Police officers
  • Teachers
  • Plumbers and trade workers
  • Nurses and medical staff
  • Company executives
  • Telesales
  • IT technical support
  • Retail staff
  • Drivers

Nothing all too surprising here -- teachers have a bunch of wild children to deal with at 7am, nurses need to make sure they don't accidentally feed Mr. Wallace 10,000mg of penicillin, and retail staff are required to be frighteningly chipper during all shift hours. Pressat has even more details about the survey on their blog, which you should go read, because as journalists, we're now required to go fill up our 15th cup of the day.

Kristin Hunt is a food/drink staff writer for Thrillist, and has no problem believing these stats. Follow her to sleepy mornings at @kristin_hunt.