Best Coffee Spots
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The 11 Best Coffee Shops in the U.S.

Since the first Starbucks opened in Seattle back in 1971, American attitudes towards coffee have gradually changed. A cup of watered-down Folgers is no longer the "best part of waking up," nor is the burnt and bland roast from the local bodega. Instead, espresso and its various iterations are the desired choice among avid coffee drinkers. Taste may be subjective, but in the U.S., coffee has become more sophisticated, spiking an interest in house-roasted blends, barista skills and techniques, bean origins, and whether the brew is organic, fair trade, or neither, ushering in an American coffee culture that takes the dark drink almost as seriously as its European neighbors.

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