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America’s 10 Best Coffee Cities


If your motto is “will travel for coffee” and you plan your trips around finding the best locally-roasted beans or coziest cafes, this list is for you. Plus: 10 cities for coffee-lovers to avoid.

Real estate site studied data from the 150 most populated cities in America to determine a ranking of the best coffee cities in the country. They analyzed the total number of coffee-related businesses (such as coffee shops, coffee roasters, etc.) and then evaluated each city on the percentage of local (non-chain) coffee businesses per square mile.

Unsurprisingly, the best coffee city in America was found to be Seattle, Washington—the birthplace to one of the country’s most popular coffee chains, Starbucks. There must be something about that northwest weather that attracts coffee shops, as that region of the country dominates the top five spots in this list.

The 10 Best Coffee Cities in the U.S.

  1. Seattle, Washington
  2. San Francisco, California
  3. Portland, Oregon
  4. Oakland, California
  5. Miami, Florida
  6. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  7. Tacoma, Washington
  8. Denver, Colorado
  9. Saint Paul, Minnesota
  10. St. Louis, Missouri

Java-lovers might want to give one of these below cities a miss, as they have a dearth of independent coffee shops and were deemed the worst coffee cities in America. 

The 10 Worst Coffee Cities in the U.S.

  1. Laredo, Texas
  2. Chesapeake, Virginia
  3. Montgomery, Alabama
  4. Port Saint Lucie, Florida
  5. Peoria, Arizona
  6. Newport News, Virginia
  7. Augusta, Georgia
  8. North Las Vegas, Las Vegas
  9. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  10. Ontario, California

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