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When you think of urbanites sipping freshly roasted coffees, clutching oversized mugs in cafe corners, certain cities come to mind. There’s laid-back Portland, Oregon, with its innovative brew scene, or Seattle, where the invention of Starbucks kicked off a long-standing relationship with caffeine.
Well, it's not just a stereotype. According to its third annual report on the topic, SmartAsset—a New York-based personal finance tech company—finds that these West Coast hubs are indeed some of the best places to get a cuppa in the U.S.
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By looking at factors like average Yelp ratings for coffee shops, the percent of “exceptional” coffee shops in a place, the overall number of coffee shops and roasters, as well as Google search traffic surrounding the word “coffee,” the company pulled together the top 10 cities for coffee—and Portland took the number one spot this year.
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