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New Orleans Ranks as One of the Best Coffee Cities in America

October 27, 2021
By: Burke Bischoff

There's nothing like a hot cup of coffee to get you through the long work day, and some places are better suited to providing some good coffee. Luckily for us locals, New Orleans was recently ranked as one of the top coffee cities in the United States.

According to a study by WalletHub, which looked at 100 different cities across America, New Orleans was ranked as the 15th best city for coffee lovers with a score of 52.31. The study determined this score comparing the 100 cities across 12 key metrics, some of which include: Average Price per Pack of Coffee, Average Spending on Coffee per Household, Share of Adult Coffee Drinkers, Coffee Shops, Coffee Houses & Cafés per Capita, and etc.

This ranking comes as no surprise. Tourists come to New Orleans from all over the country just to get a chance to sit in Café Du Monde on Decatur Street and enjoy an order of café au lait and beignets. Not only that, New Orleans is also home to many famous coffee establishments like Morning Call, PJ's Coffee, French Truck Coffee, and much more.

The city's connection to coffee is actually pretty historical. During the Civil War, Union forces set up naval blockades to cut off any supplies benefiting the Confederacy, including coffee, from entering the Port of New Orleans. In order the stretch out their limited coffee supplies, local New Orleanians started mixing in chicory as an extender, which gave a stronger and more bitter taste. This tradition has stuck around long after the war, and now chicory-mixed coffee has become another local custom that makes New Orleans one of the most unique cities in America.

For more information about the study and to see how other cities are ranked, visit wallethub.com.

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