The best American cities for coffee
By Aimee Heckel
Seattle isn’t the only American city known for its coffee culture.
Travel and Leisure recently released its top cities in America for coffee, as part of its annual America’s Favorite Cities reader survey.
Well, OK, Seattle easily and obviously took first place. And no one can be surprised that Portland was ranked second.
But there are plenty of other coffee hotspots around the country worth sniffing out. Here are a few cities beyond the northwest coast, and how you can go check them out for cheap yourself.
Bringing up third place: New Orleans. While there, make sure to visit the Cafe du Monde or Morning Call, and sip your joe with a sweet beignet. Travel and Leisure recommends trying a hot spiced coffee with brandy at Antoine’s, for something totally different.
Craving cajun coffee year-round? You can order Cafe du Monde’s special blend delivered right to your door through the Coffee Club. Get four cans of coffee and chicory every three months for a year for $129, shipping included.
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On the east coast: Providence, RI. This should come as no surprise, since the state’s official “state drink” is coffee milk. Travel and Leisure recommends trying a warm beverage at the renowned Seven Stars Bakery.
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Looking for a great gift for the coffee-lover in your life? Seven Stars Bakery makes custom gift baskets starting at $35, featuring freshly baked goodies, local honey, jam, tea or coffee and a mug. The bakery can even deliver the basket for an extra cost.
Of course, you can always make your own personalized gift basket, too. We love these colorful poppy and sunflower coffee mugs on sale at JC Penny for $23.99. Or these cool “chalk talk” mugs, which you can write different messages on with a piece of chalk, $31.99 for four. For your hard-core, serious espresso drinker, these Michael Graves espresso mugs and saucers will do the trick.
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