There’s not much buzz around Laredo, Texas
In the United States of Americano, no two cities are equal.
Seattle — the birthplace of Starbucks — is the No. 1 U.S. city for coffee, according to a new ranking from WalletHub. Filling out the top five are Portland, Ore., San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles.
The five worst cities, per the personal finance site’s analysis: Laredo, Texas; Toledo, Ohio; Greensboro, N.C.; North Las Vegas, Nev.; and Memphis, Tenn.
The coffee index’s metrics included the average price per pack of coffee (i.e., a vacuum-packed, 11- to 11.5-ounce container from brands like Folgers or Maxwell House), average cappuccino price, average coffee spending per household, share of adult coffee drinkers, share of households that own coffee makers, affordable coffee shops/houses/cafes rated 4.5 stars and up, “coffee lovers” meetups per capita and Google search traffic for “coffee,” among others.
Seattle and Portland tied for the most coffee and tea manufacturers per capita, with San Francisco, Oakland and Fremont, Calif. in a three-way tie for third place. New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland tied for the most coffee shops/houses/cafes per capita. Newark, N.J. had the highest percentage of adult coffee drinkers; Lincoln, Neb. had the lowest.
Meanwhile, the average price of a cappuccino and average price per pack of coffee were both highest in Honolulu; they were lowest in Jersey City and Miami, respectively. Fremont, Calif., on average spent the most on coffee per household, while Detroit spent the least.
The U.S. coffee market is worth around $48 billion, according to the Specialty Coffee Association of America. The nation imports the second-highest amount of coffee beans — projected at 26 million bags for 2017-2018 — and trails only the European Union’s expected 46.5 million bags, recent USDA figures say.
Costs of coffee drinks, tea and hot chocolate, of course, vary regionally across the United States: The national average for a regular cup of joe is about $2.70, according to a 2015 report from the mobile payment company Square. A cappuccino is $3.51, and a mocha — the most expensive on the list — will cost you $3.94 on average.
Regionally, a cup of coffee is cheapest in New England ($2.28) and priciest on the Pacific Coast, including Alaska and Hawaii ($2.98). Most people tip 19 or 20%, the report found, with generous North Dakotans averaging a high of 21%.
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