3.22.2013

"What are the top cities in America for good coffee?"


It's a cold day outside and I'm huddled in my office with a space heater at my feet and a hot cup of coffee in my hands.  Well, until I decided to type this post.  Then of course, I put the coffee down.

This morning the thought came to mind:  "What are the top cities in America for good coffee?"  and I knew the internet would have more than enough opinions on the matter!   The one I ended up looking at was a survey done by the Travel and Leisure site.   

Looking over their top 20, I was nodding in agreement or at least acknowledging they were 'expected' to be high on the list, but I did mutter a 'hmmm' or two as I was surprised at the ranking of a couple.

I decided to mention them on the Coffee Talking blog and see what you think.  I fully expected to see Seattle and Portland nice and high on the list (number 1 and 2) and number three was also somewhat expected but I didn't expect to see Providence as number four, nor Savannah as number seven.

I give a big thumbs up to Minneapolis/St. Paul, which made number 10 on this particular survey list.  Minneapolis is where I personally learned to love coffee.  I lived in Minneapolis for four years (before moving even farther North).  When winter lasts 7 months out of the year and your nose hairs freeze the instant you walk out of your front door, the love of that hot mug in your hands as you watch big, fluffy snowflakes fall outside your window during a silent snowstorm is a natural fit.  At least it was for me.  And that, is truly how I came to love coffee.


1: Seattle
2: Portland, OR
3: San Francisco
4: Providence
5: New York City
6: Denver
7: Savannah
8: New Orleans
9: Austin
10: Minneapolis/St. Paul
11: Portland, ME
12: San Diego
13: Charleston
14: San Juan, P.R.
15: Chicago










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