What is the relationship between topic partitions and consumers? From what I've read and experimented with, the number of partitions limits the number of active consumers in a given consumer group on a given topic. So if the number of partitions is 10, and the number of consumers is 12 (all in the same group), 2 consumers will not receive any data unless one of the active consumers dies. Is this correct? Is there a way that you can have more consumers than partitions?