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East Lansing Named Best Place in U.S. for Coffee

A quantitative study has named East Lansing as the best place to grab a cup of coffee in America.

Everyone has their favorite place for a cup of joe. For the lucky, their favorite coffee shop is close to their neighborhood — or at the very least, on the way to work.

A new quantitative study conducted by said downtown East Lansing beat out three Seattle neighborhoods, six New York City neighborhoods and even four San Francisco neighborhoods to earn the honor of the best neighborhood in the U.S. for coffee.

The website scored neighborhoods by business density and coffee shops per capita. Each score was weighted at 50% and combined to come up with an overall coffee score for each neighborhood. The neighborhoods with the highest combined score were determined to be the best for coffee in the country.

The only other neighborhood in Michigan to make the list was Old West Side in Ann Arbor, and it came in at No. 11 on the list.

It does not go unnoticed that these Michigan neighborhoods are both part of popular college towns, with the data collected most likely before the novel coronavirus came along.

Also among the top five neighborhoods for coffee in America: the Ave, Part of University District in the Seattle area; the West Edge neighborhood in downtown Seattle; Flatiron District in New York City; and Castro in San Francisco.

Neighborhoods with fewer than five coffee shops and 500 residents were excluded.

Coffee shops in downtown East Lansing include Blue Owl Coffee Co. and Starbucks. Unfortunately, Espresso Royal, which had locations in both downtown East Lansing and Ann Arbor, recently announced it did not survive the coronavirus pandemic. Coffee shop totals come from commercially licensed business listings and don’t necessarily reflect recent openings or closures.

While the data and facts may have changed since the study was conducted, East Lansing may happily accept the crown. After all, with everything going on in the world today, it’s good to find a positive … and a nice cup of coffee.


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