• Thu, Sep 22 2011

The Coffee Buzz: America’s 10 Most Caffeinated Cities

Something about fall makes it seem like the perfect time to head to your nearest coffee shop and indulge on a hot favored latte (even though recently, we sadly uncovered the sugary truth about some of our favorite autumn drinks, like Starbuck’s pumpkin spice latte). Still, coffee is the second most valuable commodity in the world and 50% of Americans drink it everyday, totaling over 330 million cups a day. It’s even been called the characteristic and hallmark drug of our time. And while the debate still continues about whether or not it’s actually good for us, we remain loyal to our skinny lattes, Frappucinos and yes, even the sugar-laden mochas that really should be a dessert. All of this has led to a curious study by the website Bundle on who takes their coffee the most seriously.

According to them, here are the top ten most caffeinated cities in the U.S. based on consumer spending at 16 widely known coffee chains across the country:

1. Chicago
Residents spending on coffee: 2.94 times the national average
Number of Starbucks per 10,000 people in Illinois: 0.323

2. New York, N.Y.
Residents spending on coffee: 2.9 times the national average
Number of Starbucks per 10,000 people in New York: 0.199

3. Seattle
Residents spending on coffee: 2.37 times the national average
Number of Starbucks per 10,000 people in Washington: 0.889

4. San Francisco
Residents spending on coffee: 2.02 times the national average
Number of Starbucks per 10,000 people in California: 0.556

5. Los Angeles
Residents spending on coffee: 1.96 times the national average
Number of Starbucks per 10,000 people in California: 0.556

6. Washington, D.C.
Residents spending on coffee: 1.86 times the national average
Number of Starbucks per 10,000 people in D.C.: 1.181

7. San Jose, Calif.
Residents spending on coffee: 1.79 times the national average
Number of Starbucks per 10,000 people in California: 0.556

8. Portland, Ore.
Residents spending on coffee: 1.75 times the national average
Number of Starbucks per 10,000 people in Oregon: 0.667

9. Miami, Fla.
Residents spending on coffee: 1.65 times the national average
Number of Starbucks per 10,000 people in Florida: 0.211

10. Minneapolis, Minn.
Residents spending on coffee: 1.64 times the national average
Number of Starbucks per 10,000 people in Minnesota: 0.224

So, while it’s pretty cheap to make coffee at home (I can buy a whole bag of beans for $8 that will last a whole week versus spending $35 or more if I went to Starbucks everyday during that period), some people just say it’s worth treating themselves to a better cup of coffee.

Mike Phillips, a world barista champion, told Bundle:

If you think about it, coffee is the most affordable luxury that people have on hand. You can get coffee that rivals the best of the other luxuries — the best wine, beer or food out there — for $5. It’s ridiculous. You can spend a little bit of money and treat yourself extremely well.

Tell us, how much are you willing to shell out on coffee each week?

Photo: dailymail.co.uk

 

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  • greg

    Bogus, useless poll designed to gain free coverage. Congratulations on capitulating.

  • Megan

    I can’t really take this article seriously since they are just taking Starbucks into consideration. I live in Portland, OR and there a lot of local coffee houses.

    Side note: Starbucks is not that great. They’re Pumpkin Spice Latte tastes like shit. Not to mention they’re over priced as f*ck.

    So in short, this list is bogus because they’re using only Starbucks. What about Petes or local coffee houses? Maybe you should think about those before posting this or switch up the title.

  • CB

    Yeah, using Starbucks really underestimates all the Cuban coffee drank in Miami.