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Old 07-31-2007, 10:38 PM
 
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Which cities have the best independent coffee shop scenes (lots and lots of choices)? Portland and Seattle are obvious, but what about elsewhere?
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Old 07-31-2007, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville,Florida
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I live in Jacksonville,Florida where the Maxwell House plant is located ,thats definitely a big coffee shop.
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Old 08-01-2007, 12:44 AM
 
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Yikes! Maxwell House? That's not exactly coffee, is it? I mean why not throw in Folders and Sanka as well.

I think the two biggies were mentioned- Portland and Seattle, and just because Seattle is home to Starbucks has nothing to do with the fact that these two cities contain literaly hundreds of other coffee shops to choose from.

It's probably a little on the ridiculous side, but you really can't drive more than a few blocks without passing a drive-up coffee place. That's true for most places in Oregon and Washington. A few years ago we drove down to the Grand Canyon and were surprised that we couldn't find any drive-up coffee places in Nevada, Utah, or Northern Arizona. We had to get our coffee every morning from a gas station. I know, boo-hoo, but when you're used to getting coffee anywhere at any time, it's a little strange.
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Old 08-01-2007, 01:10 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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It's probably a little on the ridiculous side, but you really can't drive more than a few blocks without passing a drive-up coffee place. That's true for most places in Oregon and Washington. A few years ago we drove down to the Grand Canyon and were surprised that we couldn't find any drive-up coffee places in Nevada, Utah, or Northern Arizona. We had to get our coffee every morning from a gas station. I know, boo-hoo, but when you're used to getting coffee anywhere at any time, it's a little strange.
Not sure about northern Arizona, but Phoenix, and Tempe in particular has a surprising amount of independent coffee shops. There's actually a whole website called the Arizona Coffee Podcast that reviews these joints. Not saying Phoenix is coffee mecca, but there are actually a lot of choices out there.
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Old 08-01-2007, 09:49 AM
 
Location: AZ
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Not saying Phoenix is coffee mecca, but there are actually a lot of choices out there.
Nothing like sippin coffee on a 115 degree day. That'd be like eating ice cream in a blizzard. lol


Im gonna go with Chicagoland area. Between Dunkin Donuts, Caribou, LaVazza, Starbucks, etc, etc, theres more than enough coffee places to satisfy anyone. Most have drive-thrus, which are disgustingly packed every morning with soccer moms in Audi's and BMWs. I guess when you buy a Beemer or a Benz you get a free lifetime coffee card to Starbucks.

I avoid those joints like the plague, biggest buncha preppies you ever did see hang out at those places, strangely. If I need coffee, I LOVE the new McDonalds iced coffee. Its cheap, its fast, and I get to avoid all the fakes that cram their Lacoste-wearin butts into Starbucks.
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Old 08-01-2007, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Jersey City
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There are lots of independent places in New York. Granted there is a starbucks on pretty much every corner in Midtown, the independent coffee shops and tea houses are in most of the chic residential neighborhoods and around the universities. If you ask me, a 75-cent cup of coffee from the on-street bagel carts is fine enough.

But I'd say the Pacific Northwest is most well known for its coffee distributors, although the rest of the nation is just as addicted to the stuff.

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Old 08-01-2007, 12:56 PM
 
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Lots of independent coffee shops in St. Paul and Minneapolis (cities--suburbs are mostly Starbucks/Caribou/Dunn Bros. chains) Within a 2 mile radius of our house in St Paul there are 10 independent coffee shops (and lots of chains which we ignore).
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Old 08-01-2007, 02:24 PM
 
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Philadelphia has Wawa, a convenience store where you can stand in front of more than a dozen pots of coffee of different flavors, and make your own blend.

This morning I blended hazelnut decaf with french vanilla. Yummy.
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Old 08-01-2007, 02:40 PM
 
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Philadelphia has Wawa, a convenience store where you can stand in front of more than a dozen pots of coffee of different flavors, and make your own blend.

This morning I blended hazelnut decaf with french vanilla. Yummy.
haha, wa squared is the best!!!
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Old 08-01-2007, 02:47 PM
 
Location: NJ
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haha, wa squared is the best!!!
i totally agree, wawa rocks. love their shorties!
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