The Daily Meal’s Best Coffee Shops in America

04.04

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The Daily Meal, one of the internet’s fastest growing food websites, just released one of the more thorough lists of great coffee shops that can be found across the US. While there are a few notables I would add, there are far fewer surprises then other lists I’ve seen. After first giving readers an update on the progression of coffee culture over the years—with the oft-used wave metaphor—they break down their method of selection:

We scoured for the best independent coffee shops and chains that have changed the way we drink coffee. Our criteria? The best quality in coffee and food, atmosphere, customer service, and the “unique” factor. (Case in point: a DeLorean car in the back of one shop.)

Then a panel of coffee aficionados and industry surveyors, including the current US Barista Champion Katie Caguilo, weighed in with their own nominations and suggestions of both national craft coffee “chains” (i.e. Stumptown & Intelligentsia) as well as domestic shops. A selection of nearly 150 shops across the United States were then narrowed down to 33 winners with the highest ranking.

The Daily Meal’s list the of Top 10 US Coffee Shops

  1. Ultimo Coffee, Philadelphia
  2. Gimme Coffee, Ithaca, NY
  3. Barista, Portland, OR
  4. Courier Coffee, Portland, OR
  5. Cafe Grumpy, New York City
  6. Lamill Coffee Boutique, Los Angeles
  7. Stumptown, national
  8. Ritual Coffee Roasters, San Francisco
  9. Joe the Art of Coffee, national
  10. Intelligentsia, national

(view all 33 top shops at The Daily Meal)

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