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Seattle, the birthplace of Starbucks – which is celebrating its 50th birthday this year – seems like the best place in the country for a cup of joe. And so it was last year. However, in a recent study of the best cities for coffee lovers, the Emerald City has dropped to third place.
The study, conducted by personal finance site WalletHub, looked at the 100 largest cities in the US using 12 key metrics to determine which cities are best for coffee lovers. Average coffee expenditure per household; Coffee shops, homes and cafes per capita; and coffee and tea makers per capita were all factors used in the ranking. Each factor was weighted differently, with a perfect score being a cumulative 100.
Last year, Seattle ranked first in the study and was ranked the city with the cheapest coffee shops. It is also the same per capita for most manufacturers. However, in 2021, Seattle ranked fifth among manufacturers per capita and is in the chain of three for cheapest coffee shops.
Which coffee-loving subways beat the Emerald City this year and which was one of Seattle’s best coffee cities? Keep scrolling to see the top 10.
Boston skyline from the water.
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10. Boston, MA
Total score: 55.36
San Diego, California
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9. San Diego, California
Total score: 55.80
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8. Miami, FL
Total score: 55.89
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7. Tampa, Florida
Total score: 56.87
Honolulu Hawaii Resort Waikiki Beach in the afternoon sun.
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6. Honolulu, HI
Total score: 58.61
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA skyline at dusk, with the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers in Point State Park forming the Ohio River in the foreground and tall buildings in the background.
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5. Pittsburgh, PA
Total score: 58.82
View of Lake Eola at night in Orlando Florida. I’m uploading multiple photos of the same subject for you to choose.
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4. Orlando, Florida
Total score: 60.12
Night view of Seattle Skyscapers and Space Needle, Washington, USA
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3. Seattle, WA
Total score: 62.07
San Francisco, California.
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2. San Francisco, California
Total score: 63.40
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1. Portland, OR
Total score: 64.29
Lindsey Major is a web producer for SeattlePI.