Coffee: What makes it so good?

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DENVER (KDVR) – It’s National Coffee Day, and with temperatures cooling down many people are making the switch from iced coffee to a hot cup of joe.

So, what makes coffee so good?

For some, it’s the instant boost of caffeine. But for others, it’s simply the comfort of holding a warm mug to start the day.

According to a recent survey by the National Coffee Association, 62% of Americans drink coffee every day, with the average coffee drinker consuming three cups each day.

In honor of National Coffee Day, here are a few ways people across the country like to consume their favorite brew:

Roasts

  • Dark Roast
  • Medium Roast
  • Medium-Dark Roast
  • Light Roast

“Many consumers assume that the strong, rich flavor of darker roasts indicates a higher level of caffeine, but the truth is that light roasts actually have a slightly higher concentration,” according to the National Coffee Association.


Specialty orders

Here’s a look at some popular varieties that are ordered at coffee shops:

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Top coffee cities in America

Recently, Wallet Hub released a list of the 2021 best coffee cities in America. Here’s where each city landed:

Overall Rank
(1 = Best)
 
CityTotal Score Overall Rank
(1 = Best)
 
CityTotal Score 
1Portland, OR64.2951Newark, NJ40.17
2San Francisco, CA63.4052San Antonio, TX40.08
3Seattle, WA62.0753Nashville, TN39.85
4Orlando, FL60.1254Omaha, NE39.84
5Pittsburgh, PA58.8255Charlotte, NC39.30
6Honolulu, HI58.6156Tucson, AZ39.18
7Tampa, FL56.8757Chandler, AZ38.42
8Miami, FL55.8958Riverside, CA38.16
9San Diego, CA55.8059Reno, NV38.16
10Boston, MA55.3660Jacksonville, FL37.82
11Minneapolis, MN54.2461Baltimore, MD37.60
12Los Angeles, CA53.7962St. Paul, MN37.53
13Denver, CO53.0963Arlington, TX37.19
14Long Beach, CA52.4064Phoenix, AZ37.13
15New Orleans, LA52.3165Louisville, KY36.93
16Oakland, CA51.5366Lincoln, NE36.91
17Jersey City, NJ51.1567Bakersfield, CA36.67
18Washington, DC50.6868Chula Vista, CA35.96
19Irvine, CA50.5569Fort Wayne, IN35.88
20New York, NY50.3970North Las Vegas, NV35.72
21San Jose, CA50.3871Norfolk, VA35.61
22Las Vegas, NV50.3172Gilbert, AZ35.59
23Atlanta, GA50.2173Irving, TX35.49
24Austin, TX49.7274Aurora, CO35.08
25Sacramento, CA49.5275Baton Rouge, LA34.89
T-26Chicago, IL48.7276Chesapeake, VA34.80
T-26Houston, TX48.7277Wichita, KS34.71
28Anaheim, CA48.3578Garland, TX34.01
29Cincinnati, OH46.7879Hialeah, FL33.97
30Dallas, TX46.4880Milwaukee, WI33.91
31Boise, ID46.3881El Paso, TX33.16
32Scottsdale, AZ46.1082Cleveland, OH32.89
33Philadelphia, PA45.8083Columbus, OH32.83
34Plano, TX44.4684Lexington-Fayette, KY32.53
35Fremont, CA43.4885Mesa, AZ31.99
36Oklahoma City, OK43.3386Memphis, TN31.20
37Indianapolis, IN43.3087Durham, NC30.87
38Albuquerque, NM43.2888Fresno, CA30.52
39St. Louis, MO43.0889Stockton, CA30.17
40Fort Worth, TX42.7790Birmingham, AL29.40
41Madison, WI42.7291Henderson, NV29.39
42Colorado Springs, CO42.7192Lubbock, TX28.99
43Buffalo, NY42.3393Winston-Salem, NC28.66
44Tulsa, OK41.4294Corpus Christi, TX27.72
45Kansas City, MO41.3895Glendale, AZ26.98
46Virginia Beach, VA41.1896Greensboro, NC25.68
47Anchorage, AK41.0797Laredo, TX25.01
48St. Petersburg, FL40.8298San Bernardino, CA24.24
49Raleigh, NC40.8199Toledo, OH23.98
50Santa Ana, CA40.43100Detroit, MI22.54
Credit: Wallet Hub

Cost

The cost of coffee varies depending on where you live, but a basic cup can set you back by as much as $5, and a bag can set you back more than $8.

According to a recent survey by TopCashback.com, 50% of Americans set a budget for coffee.

The survey polled a cross-section of 1,617 adults, aged 18 and over. Here are the findings from TopCashback.com:

Do you like to treat yourself by going out for coffee?

  • Yes: 57%
  • No: 43%

How much do you typically spend per month on coffee?

  • 0-$20: 44%
  • $21-$50: 37%
  • $51-$80: 13%
  • $81-$100: 3%
  • Over $100: 3%

Here’s one more fun fact: Coffee is good for you. Drinking low to moderate amounts possibly provides you with energy, alertness and increased concentration, according to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

“A large body of evidence suggests that consumption of caffeinated coffee does not increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancers,” the study stated. “In fact, consumption of 3 to 5 standard cups of coffee daily has been consistently associated with a reduced risk of several chronic diseases.”

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