Coffee is the most popular drink in the United States – more than bottled water, soda or beer. Americans drink 656 million cups a day, according to a new report from the National Coffee Association. Although the pandemic has forced many people to make coffee at home, rates of out-of-home coffee consumption are once again on the rise. to augment and could soon reach pre-pandemic levels. (It will not fight the coronavirus, but here are 18 reasons to drink coffee for your health.)
There are over 37,000 cafes in the United States. From the nearest Starbucks corner to the French Patisserie, coffee lovers have plenty of coffee vendors to choose from; but the price of a cup of coffee can vary greatly from store to store and from city to city. (These are the best independent cafes in America.)
To determine the best (and worst) US cities for coffee lovers, 24/7 Tempo reviewed the report The Best Coffee Towns in America: 2022 Data of Clever Real Estate, a real estate agent matching service.
The 50 most populous metropolitan areas in the country were ranked according to criteria such as the average reported price of a cappuccino, the number of cafes per 100,000 inhabitants and the price of a daily cappuccino as a percentage of average income. The number of cafes per square mile and Google Trends search volume for several coffee-related terms in each city were also considered. (Population and income data are from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey for 2019.)
Click here to see the best and worst US cities for coffee lovers, ranked from worst to best
The results show that many of the worst cities to buy a cup of coffee are in the South, while the West Coast, Great Lakes and New England are home to some of the best coffee towns in the country. Cities at the bottom of the list tend to have fewer places to grab coffee, and coffee is more expensive. In the 10 lowest-ranked cities, the average cost of buying a cup of coffee each weekday equals 2% or more of average annual income, compared to 1.8% or less in the top 10 cities for buy a coffee.
Of the top coffee cities, Milwaukee had the cheapest prices (and highest scores overall), Portland, Oregon had the most coffee shops per capita, and San Francisco had the best prices relative to annual revenue. .