And the 2018 winner for best coffee city in America is…


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Listen up, coffee lovers: You might think you’ve tried all the healthy, cutting-edge versions (fermented, Bulletproof, egg), but even the most-buzzed caffeine fanatics haven’t gotten their hands on every noteworthy brew.

With National Coffee Day right around the corner (September 29!), there’s no better time to expand your java horizons—especially if you’re able to do it in America’s leading coffee metropolis. After crunching data from the 100 largest cities in America, factoring in the number of cafés per capita, coffee costs, and beyond, WalletHub determined that the locale with the strongest coffee scene is none other than New York City (aka Buddy the Elf was right!), taking the spot of last year’s winner Seattle…i.e., where Starbucks originated.

Though it’s not wildly shocking for New York City to win the coffee title—the city that never sleeps needs to stay caffeinated, after all!—the East Coast isn’t only area where you can grab a life-changing, potentially cancer-fighting cup of joe. (Or, at least one that’ll gift you a serious jolt of energy—but make sure you don’t have too much of a good thing!)

Bottoms up: These are the top 10 coffee cities in America.

1. New York, NY

2. Seattle, WA

3. San Francisco, CA

See you at the beach 🤙

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4. Portland, OR

5. Los Angeles, CA

Normal hours today. Here until 7. (📷 by @asana.life)

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6. Washington, DC

7. Chicago, IL

Taiyaki Latte Special #sawadacoffee #sawadastyle

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8. Miami, FL

9. Boston, MA

It’s a Cold Brew kind of day, then again, when is it not. 📸: @justlexicon

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10. San Diego, CA

New York City’s first dog café is here—and you have to see it to believe it. And if you’re wondering what happens when you cut coffee out of your diet, here’s what the experts say.

Originally published on September 26, 2017; updated on September 25, 2018.

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