What are the best coffee cities in the United States?
If you're like me, every decision you make revolves around coffee — when to drink it, where to drink it, how to drink it. Coffee owns my life and I'm totally OK with it. Planning trips is by no means immune. Finding places to drink coffee is as important — if not more important — than finding a place to stay or booking the tickets. So what United States cities are the best to visit for coffee lovers?
WalletHub conducted a study last year to answer just that. It compared the largest 100 cities in the U.S. and compiled data from 14 key metrics that include about coffee shops and cafes per capita, average prices, percentage of coffee drinkers, and more. Here are the top ten cities. Get those travel itineraries ready and prepare to head west!
1. Seattle, Washington
This is the least surprising result ever. Seattle is widely known as the home of Starbucks Coffee. But there's way, way more to the Seattle coffee scene than just Starbucks. The city has more than 840 coffee shops.
2. Portland, Oregon
Portland comes in second on our list, and is mentioned in the top 5 for the most affordable and highly rated coffee shops. It's tied for first with Seattle for the most coffee and tea manufacturers per capita. This pacific northwest city has more than 730 coffee shops, and most are located in its downtown and Goose Hollow area.
3. San Francisco, California
San Francisco is ranked in the top 5 for the most coffee shops per capita — and rightfully so. It has more than 1,000 coffee shops, and tons of them have a 4.5-star plus rating. Be careful, though — in San Francisco, you'll pay much more on average for a pack of coffee.
4. New York, New York
New York has more than 3,300 coffee shops located throughout its five boroughs, so it's no surprise that it's No. 3 for the highest percentage of adult coffee drinkers. An additional bonus — it's tied for first with Chicago for the most donut shops per capita.
5. Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles ranks in the top 5 for most coffee shops per capita and has some of the highest prices per pack of coffee. Take a look at some of the best coffee shops located in L.A. here.
6. San Diego, California
In the last few years, San Diego has seen a surge in craft coffee, especially in its North Park and East Village neighborhoods. The WalletHub data ranked it in the top 5 for most affordable and highly ranked coffee shops.
7. Chicago, Illinois
Chicago is tied for first for most donut shops per capita if you're looking for a little something extra to have with your morning joe. The city is constantly adding more coffee shops, making it difficult to put a number to how many are located in this midwest city. Take a look at some of the best coffee shops located around the city.
8. Denver, Colorado
Denver comes in at No. 8 on the WalletHub study, and if you're looking for a coffee festival to attend, you can register for Coffee Fest Denver in June. The event comes complete with a cold brew competition and a product preview for what's up and coming in the industry.
9. Boston, Massachusetts
Boston is in WalletHub's top 5 for donut shops per capita. If you're looking for authentic Italian roasts, head to Boston's North End (and make sure to grab a cannoli to go with it). If you're looking for recommendations in other parts of the city, check out this list.
10. Washington, D.C.
The nation's capital rounds out the top 10 for best coffee cities to visit. In the past three years, D.C. has seen an increase in the number of independent coffee shops opening around the city. Map out which ones you want to visit here.
And while you're traveling around the country or pinpointing what city you want to visit next, see where you can find Death Wish Coffee in stores.