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It is no secret that Americans love their coffee. From the
small mom and pop cafes to the prevalence of Starbucks on every corner, over
80% of the population enjoys a good brew. So where are the best places to get
your java fix? Check out our list of the best places to enjoy coffee in the US.
Grown on the slopes in North and South Kona on the Big
Island of Hawaii, Kona Coffee is some of the most expensive coffee in the
world. The Arabica beans get their flavor from the salty island winds and the
rich, mineral-filled volcanic soil. Kona coffee plantation tours are a fabulous
way to get to know this Hawaiian bean. Get it at the source and make sure to
look for the 100% Kona Coffee certification when purchasing.
With its humble beginnings in Seattle, you can never leave
out Starbucks as the major driving force behind coffee’s revival and current
boom in sales. With the majority of citizens being coffee-philes, there are 35
coffee shops per 100,000 people in this city! From locally owned cafes to big
corporate chains, you can find any kind of coffee in Seattle.
Coffee lovers are starting to head just south of Washington
to the massive micro-roasting community of Portland, Oregon. Forty different
roasters can be found within these small city limits and their focus is on
artisanal coffee made fresh and in small batches. Some people would argue this
is the new coffee capital with some of world’s best baristas living there,
three coffee magazine headquarters, and Stumptown Coffee - the leader in the
Third Wave Coffee movement.
The hustle and bustle of this city makes it no stranger to a cup of joe. The
big wig in this city is the well-known Intelligentsia Coffee. Not only do
baristas go through extensive training, but most often these coffee slingers
make it to the top of the US Barista Championships. Buying directly from the
farmers themselves and roasting the beans in vintage roasters, they have set
the bar high in Chicago, effectively changing the java landscape in this
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Erica Kuschel is half of the duo at the adventure travel site, OverYonderlust.com. Erica traded her ‘normal’ existence in Austin, Texas for a life of new experiences around the world. Erica, who is a photographer by trade, likes to view the world through her lens.Erica started Over Yonderlust in March of 2010, showcasing couple travel while maintaining a strong focus on photography, humor, videos, and writing with a trusted voice. She has been seen in publications such as The Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, BBC, and The National Geographic Channel’s online blog. Erica has been a finalist two years running for the Bloggies (in both travel and photography categories) and taking home Hostelbookers Most Epic Photography Blog Award in November of 2012.Follow Erica on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Google Plus.
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