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Americans drink an average of 491 million cups of coffee a day. That's more cups than people—so it’s no surprise that we’re constantly searching for the next best caffeinated beverage to curb our coffee cravings. But an exceptional cold brew or cappuccino may be harder (or easier) to come by depending where you reside.
Clever, the Real Estate data company, compared the 50 largest American cities by population across several metrics—including the number of coffee shops, roasteries, and donut shops per 100,000 residents, to figure out which are the best for a hot or cold brew. It also looked at the percentage of annual income spent on coffee and the average price of a cappuccino. Here's what it found.
It’s not too surprising that the top coffee locale is Portland, Oregon. The rainy days, cool weather, and walkability of the Northwestern hub for arts and music all combine to make it a haven for coffee culture. Plus, Portland’s cost per cup was the lowest of the 50 states included in the ranking, at an average of $4.06.
The top 10 cities are:
While you're likely to find the best brew at a local spot, national chains weren't left out of the equation: In West Coast cities, including San Diego, Los Angeles (ranked at 26), and Riverside (37), Starbucks is the preferred brand, while East Coasters, in cities including Boston, Pittsburgh (20), and Baltimore (25), picked Dunkin' as their top choice for coffee-to-go.
For the biggest selection of coffee shops, head to San Jose, where there are 12.6 per 100,000 residents. Detroit (45) has the fewest, at only 4.1 per 100,000.
And if you live in one of these cities, you might want to consider just making your coffee at home. Here are the bottom 10, according to
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