The Best City for Coffee Was Just Announced—and It’s Not Seattle

Updated: Mar. 02, 2023

Is your city one of the best coffee cities in the U.S.?

Every coffee lover knows that no matter where they go, finding a decent cup of coffee is at the top of their to-do list.

No matter the type of coffee you drink, there’s nothing like the fresh smell of a ‘cuppa in the morning. Not to mention the first sip of coffee and caffeine rush that follows to kickstart the day.

But why is it that in some cities, finding a decent cup of coffee is easier than others? Well, real-estate firm, Clever, happens to have the answers to our coffee queries. Using factors of affordability and quantity of coffee shops per city, Clever has determined what are the best and worst American coffee cities. And some of the results may surprise you.

The Top 10 Best Coffee Cities

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The top ten best coffee cities in America offer the most affordable and largest variety of coffee shops throughout the nation. Additionally, it is important to note these rankings do not include the taste or quality of coffee in each state.

While many may think Seattle, Washington—home of coffee empire, Starbucks—would make the list, these are the places that topped the list:

  1. Baltimore, MD
  2. Hartford, CT
  3. Boston, MA
  4. Providence, RI
  5. Riverside, CA
  6. Cincinnati, OH
  7. Washington, D.C.
  8. Philadelphia, PA
  9. Pittsburgh, PA
  10. Oklahoma City, OK

Some readers may be surprised to find out that Baltimore, Maryland came in as the number one best coffee city. With an average cappuccino price of $4.50 and 26 coffee shops per 100,000 residents, the city took the trophy for best coffee city. Following close behind are Hartford, Connecticut and Boston, Massachusetts. Boston astoundingly has 61 coffee shops per 100,000 residents.

Following Hartford and Boston comes Providence, Rhode Island and Riverside, California. With an average of $4.25 per cappuccino in Providence and $3.88 per overall cup of coffee in Riverside, the two make noteworthy additions to the list. Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Oklahoma City all closely follow.

The Top 10 Worst Coffee Cities

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On the other side of the coin, Clever writes that “not every city in the country is a valley of plenty when it comes to coffee.” In terms of affordability and quantity, these are the cities that came in at the top ten “worst” cities to get your coffee fix:

  1. Louisville, KY
  2. Jacksonville, FL
  3. Birmingham, AL
  4. Memphis, TN
  5. Virginia Beach, VA
  6. Las Vegas, NV
  7. San Antonio, TX
  8. Richmond, VA
  9. Phoenix, AZ
  10. Charlotte, NC

Louisville came in as the number one worst coffee city for its expensive coffees and lack of shops. The average Louisville cappuccino costs $4.88 and there are just 8 coffee shops per capita.

Clever attributes the prevalence of Southern states on the worst coffee cities list to the hot weather of the South during certain times of the year. Then, residents may opt for some alternative beverage options like smoothies or iced teas resulting in less of a need for as many coffee shops.

And the firm does acknowledge, while Louisville may lack in coffee shop quantity, they came in as the third best city to retire in of 2022.

Our Takeaways

No matter where you travel to in the states, there are lots of rankings to consider. Including the most popular coffee drink in every state. Although, in terms of the best coffee city, your next best cup of Joe may easily be found in Baltimore, Hartford or Boston.

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