A new study evaluated America’s 100 largest cities on 14 different coffee-related metrics and declared one winner. Check out if your local coffee is as good as you think.
The beloved drink first arrived to North America in the mid-17th century by the British, but its popularity soared after the 1773 Boston Tea Party incidents, as drinking tea became unpatriotic. The switch to coffee over tea was made even more popular during the Civil War and World Wars. Coffee was drank frequently by American soldiers to help them stay motivated in the midst of a war. George Washington's instant coffee company (not one of the founding fathers), for example, became an important military supplier during World War I as American soldiers took their cup of joe with them to the battlefield.
Nowadays, we can't imagine our lives without coffee. From large chains to specialty cafes, we consume coffee for its delicious taste and the caffeine kick to carry us through the day in our demanding lifestyle. We are friends with our local barista, make latte art, and take our coffee on-the-go, but how can we determine where to find the best coffee in America?
A new research by WalletHub compared the "100 largest cities across 14 key indicators of coffee lover-friendliness." The data includes data points collected by comparing coffee shops, coffee houses and cafés per capita to average price per pack of coffee.
The methodology behind finding the winning city was to provide a weighted average to each city across all metrics to calculate its overall score out of 100. Some of the 14 metrics include are: Average price per pack of coffee, share of adult coffee drinkers, coffee shops with free Wi-Fi per capita and more.
And the winner is...
While it started 2019 ranked only 4th place in The 10 Best Cities for Coffee Lovers in America by a different survey from ApartmentGuide, it had its comeback this time! It is no surprise the Seattle is known for its coffee as it is home to some of the largest coffee chains in the country. Seattleites love drinking their coffee with the often cool climate, where winters are short on daylight and mostly rainy. If you plan on visiting the city soon to celebrate its coffee victory, consider these best coffee tours to make sure you get the full experience.
Following Seattle in the top 10 list are:
2. New York, New York
3. San Francisco, California
4. Portland, Oregon
5. Los Angeles, California
6. Chicago, Illinois
7. Washington, DC
8. Miami, Florida
9. San Diego, California
10. Boston, Massachusetts
Click your city to discover its rank on this interactive map
Some other interesting info:
Toledo, Ohio is unfortunately the last place on the list.
You can probably get the lowest price for a cup of cappuccino at Aurora, Colorado.
People in Buffalo, New York might not need coffee as much as the rest of us. They spend the least amount of money per household amongst the other compared cities.
In the meantime, if you can't decide where to travel to try the best coffee...
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