Coffee House Geography Maps
Over at FlowingData.com there’s some high res versions of the map above that shows where various coffee houses like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts are located and concentrated in the US. I have to say my expectation was that Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts would dominate, with 10,000-plus and 7,000-plus locations nationwide, but the fact that Tim Hortons and other chains have a rich concentration was surprising.
Starbucks is all over, but Dunkin' Donuts clearly dominates on the east coast. Flowing Data also has a pretty amazing pizza map to give you some perspective on how many more pizza joints there are compared to coffee.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at March 28, 2014 7:25 AM
I'm sad to see that Caribou has been ruthlessly plucked from our state since they got gobbled up. That was our go to chain. They are slowly being replaced with Peet's. I have yet to go into one simply out of protest.
On the flip side, the independents that are popping up seem to care a lot more about what goes into the cup than the any of the chains. More and more are sourcing their own beans and either roasting on-site or nearby. Much like how the craft beer industry has exploded throughout the state, the desire for craft coffee seems to be gaining momentum. That is a very good thing.