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    The 10 Best (US) Cities for Coffee Snobs

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    For the 61 percent of Americans who have at least one cup of coffee a day, today is your day: National Coffee Day. Plenty of national chains are serving up free cups of joe on this ultra-caffeinated holiday, but many believe that not all coffee is created equal. For some coffee lovers, only “indie” or independently owned, high-end coffee shops will do. To help these discerning coffee addicts, Redfin and Foursquare joined forces to track down the 10 best cities for coffee snobs.

    We selected these cities because they have the most indie coffee shops per capita, according to Foursquare data. (We defined indie coffee shops as those with fewer than 10 retail locations.) We also found the highest rated shop in the metro area and tracked down the ZIP code with the most independent cafes. And, in case you want to move somewhere you can get a quick fix, we calculated the median home price in the ZIP code with the most independent cafes and, just for fun, translated that median home price into lattes (using $4 as the average latte price). So put on your best skinny jeans, pack your eco-friendly mug and get ready to satisfy your coffee craving!


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    I see your hometown made the Top 10 Javaphile.
    Seattle is no surprise but still has to answer for Starbucks. California is well represented but a couple of surprises or perhaps not if the measure is the number of indie coffee outlets. Finally Milwaukee has another claim to fame other than beer, Harleys and Happy Days.

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    But Milwaukee isn't on the list? I guess Madison's close....I suspect the students contribute to the coffee vibe there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flynnaus View Post
    I see your hometown made the Top 10 Javaphile.

    Seattle is no surprise but still has to answer for Starbucks. California is well represented but a couple of surprises or perhaps not if the measure is the number of indie coffee outlets. Finally Milwaukee has another claim to fame other than beer, Harleys and Happy Days.
    Hi flynnaus

    Ah, but Seattle (actually Redmond) has Victors... Definitely the best coffee I had in the US. Having spent 16 months in the US (based between Denver and Boulder CO), my next best was Montrose CO followed by Chicago IL and Vancouver (had to cross the border).

    The rest, damn lies and stats?

    Of course those who love burnt dark roasts and "three day old coffee in a drip" are well served...

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    Pavement Coffee House on Boylston Street in Boston is great. A little gem near the Back Bay area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry O'Speedwagon View Post
    But Milwaukee isn't on the list? I guess Madison's close....I suspect the students contribute to the coffee vibe there.
    Yes, I meant to say Wisconsin has another claim to fame.

    The rest, damn lies and stats?
    There is going to be a degree of subjectivity in any "Ten best ~ " list and looking at the selection criteria, well have a pinch of salt nearby.
    It's also based on the presumption that indie joints are more likely to serve quality coffee than chain stores. There is probably quite a number that weren't in consideration basically because they weren't on the radar.

    Pavement Coffee House on Boylston Street in Boston is great.
    I'm sure there are many great cafes spread throughout the US but it wasn't about the Top 10 cafes. As I pointed out, no city on the east coast made the "Ten best".



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