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Meredith Goad

Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.

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Posted: April 23, 2014

Portland is No. 1 “Coffee-Crazed City,” according to Men’s Health

Every time a new coffee shop opens in Portland, the usual response is “what, another one?”

Now our love of good joe has been documented by Men’s Health magazine, which ranked 100 American cities according to coffee consumption. We are (drum roll, please) No. 1 on the list. Portland even beat out Seattle!

To determine the rankings, the magazine looked at the percentage of households that own coffeemakers and buy coffee; the household average spent on coffee; coffee shops per capita; percentage of people who drink coffee and who drink at least five cups a day.

The magazine interviewed food historian Sandra Oliver, who cites the region’s pre-Revolutionary War  rejection of high taxes on British tea as the root of our love for coffee.

Interestingly, Manchester, N.H. and Burlington, Vt. round out the top three. Boston is No. 15, and Seatlle clocks in at No. 9.

The bottom three cities are Memphis, Fort Worth and Jackson, Miss.

For the complete list, go here.

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