QSR coffee brands alert: Here are the U.S. cities that love you most

| by S.A. Whitehead
QSR coffee brands alert: Here are the U.S. cities that love you most

In the U.S. alone, consumers fork out $48 billion annually to get that well-known and loved pick-me-up, coffee, according to the personal-finance website WalletHub. But as it turns out some American cities have a little more intense love of java than others, according to some research recently completed by the site on top "Coffee Cities" nationally. 

To determine who received that caffeinated crown, WalletHub compared the 100 largest cities across 14 key indicators of a strong coffee culture. The results suggest we Americans "got it bad" when it comes to the morning jolt and that holds particularly true along the coasts, where eight of the top 10 "coffee cities" were found. The top 20 spots for a "spot o' coffee" include:

  1. New York
  2. Seattle     
  3. San Francisco         
  4. Portland, Oregon         
  5. Los Angeles         
  6. Washington, D.C.         
  7. Chicago     
  8. Miami         
  9. Boston         
  10. San Diego
  11. Denver
  12. Las Vegas 
  13. Minneapolis
  14. Philadelphia
  15. Orlando, Florida
  16. Atlanta, Georgia    
  17. Austin, Texas
  18. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  19. Oakland, California
  20. Fremont, California

Other "fun facts" from the WalletHub data dive, include distinctions like the lowest priced city for coffee --$3.38 in Tulsa, which is less than half the cost of a bag of jo in Honolulu, where that same package of coffee would run you $8.16. 

Fremont, California — situated between  San Francisco and San Jose — has the highest average annual spending on coffee per household of $186.85. That's three times higher than in lowest spending per household city of Cleveland, Ohio, where families doled out a mere $63.06 in the name of their favorite caffeinated beverage. 

New York City, as might be expected, has the most coffee shops, coffee houses and cafés — 17.4 times more than in Laredo, Texas where they are apparently already wide awake, thank you. Often overcast or rainy Portland, Oregon, has the most coffee and tea manufacturers per square root of population) at 0.0209 to keep their people perked up on a gloomy day. That's a whopping 41.8 times more than the number of businesses making coffee and tea in the least populated cities for that industry, which as you may have predicted are the super-sunny L.A. "suburbs" of Riverside and San Bernardino, California. 

Photo: iStock


Topics: Business Strategy and Profitability, Coffee/Bakery/Donut, Food & Beverage, Trends / Statistics



S.A. Whitehead

Award-winning veteran print and broadcast journalist, Shelly Whitehead, has spent most of the last 30 years reporting for TV and newspapers, including the former Kentucky and Cincinnati Post and a number of network news affiliates nationally. She brings her cumulative experience as a multimedia storyteller and video producer to the web-based pages of Pizzamarketplace.com and QSRweb.com after a lifelong “love affair” with reporting the stories behind the businesses that make our world go ‘round. Ms. Whitehead is driven to find and share news of the many professional passions people take to work with them every day in the pizza and quick-service restaurant industry. She is particularly interested in the growing role of sustainable agriculture and nutrition in food service worldwide and is always ready to move on great story ideas and news tips.


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