A report on the top 50 coffee shops in the United States has found that a lot of the country’s best-loved brews are in Berkeley, and not in the big cities.
The rankings, which are based on a nationwide survey of more than 1,300 coffee shops, were released on Monday by the nonprofit coffee shop group, The Independent Coffee Association.
Berkeley was ranked number one, while San Francisco was the second-best city for coffee.
The top coffee spots in San Francisco include El Camino Real and Cafe Ocho.
The study, which was based on feedback from more than 2,400 people who said they have coffee every day, was conducted in May.
The list of the top 25 coffee shops will be updated annually in 2019.
“Berkeley has a rich and diverse history of coffee and we continue to be one of the best places to shop,” said Ben D. Brown, president and chief executive of The Independent, in a statement.
“We know that coffee can be a passion, but it’s also a daily passion, so we want to bring the coffee to the table and the people.”
The Independent also said the survey shows that coffee is a much bigger deal in the Bay Area than in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Seattle.
“The survey also found that coffee shops across the country are increasingly finding that the value of coffee has increased over the last decade, even as prices have decreased,” D.J. Brown said in the statement.
In 2017, The Coffee Company ranked Berkeley among the top 10 coffee cities.
Starbucks said that the survey showed that “in 2018, the average price of a cup of coffee in the U.S. was $1.27, while the average cost of a single cup of drip coffee in Berkeley was $2.29,” the news release said.
The report found that San Francisco had the fourth-highest price of coffee, while Berkeley had the seventh-highest, and San Diego had the 14th-highest.