It’s hard to turn the corner in any major city — or even small town — and not find a place to grab a cup of coffee. But what place is the best for those real Java connoisseurs or just plain caffeine addicts who need that cup to start the day.
The folks at WalletHub, in anticipation of National Coffee Day on Thursday, Sept. 29, looked at the 100 largest cities in the U.S. to determine the “best local coffee scenes in America.” They then came up with their rankings based on the following 12 metrics:
- Average Price per Pack of Coffee: Full Weight (~7.14 Points)
- Average Price of a Cappuccino: Full Weight (~7.14 Points)
- Average Price of a Starbucks Butter Croissant: Full Weight (~7.14 Points)
- Percentage of Households that Own Coffee Makers: Full Weight (~7.14 Points) -Note: This metric includes households that own electric coffee grinders, coffee makers (single-cup/pod-brewing) and/or espresso/cappuccino makers.
- Number of Affordable Coffee Shops, Coffee Houses and Cafés Rated 4.5+ Stars per Capita: Double Weight (~14.29 Points)
- Number of Coffee Shops, Coffee Houses and Cafés per Capita: Double Weight (~14.29 Points)
- Number of Coffee and Tea Manufacturers per Capita: Full Weight (~7.14 Points)
- Number of “Free Wi-Fi” Coffee Shops per Capita: Full Weight (~7.14 Points)
- Number of Donut Shops per Capita: Full Weight (~7.14 Points)
- Google Search Traffic for the Word “Coffee” (as a percentage of the national average): Full Weight (~7.14 Points)
- Number of “Coffee Lovers” Meetups per Capita: Full Weight (~7.14 Points)
- Presence of Coffee-Centric Events: Full Weight (~7.14 Points)
Northwest cities, known for their coffee origins, such as Starbucks, came out on top with Portland, Oregon at number one and Seattle at number two. Those cities were followed by Minneapolis, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Orlando, Florida.
Coming in at number six, San Franciscoranked number one for most coffee shops per capita and most affordable coffee shops per capita with a high rating. Though New York City, which in Manhattan may seem like it has a coffee shop every block, did not top either of those lists, and came in at 89 overall.
Doughnuts, which go together with coffee like peanut butter and jelly, were also considered in the rankings. Boston had the most doughnut shops per capita, followed by Long Beach, California and Orlando.
Whether you take your coffee with or without a doughnut, America is a coffee-obsessed nation, according to stats cited by WalletHub.
Nearly two-thirds of adults drink coffee, averaging 2.7 cups a day, according to a Gallup poll.
“Some estimates even place Americans in the lead of global coffee consumption, at 146 billions cups per year, “ WalletHub states, “earning us the status as the most caffeinated — and wired — humans on the planet.”