Feeling jittery? Well that could be because you’re living in the most caffeinated city in Texas.
Austin recently ranked as the most caffeinated city in Texas on a list compiled by WalletHub identifying the “Best Cities for Coffee Lovers.” With local cold brew companies like High Brew and Chameleon growing quickly and innovative coffee shops popping up all around, this isn’t entirely surprising.
But (take a moment to dismount your high-coffee-horse) the city doesn’t hold up quite as well nationally. In fact, according to the personal finance site’s analysis, Texas as a whole is a coffee lover’s nightmare.
WalletHub considered factors like the affordability of coffee and how many coffee shops and coffee manufacturers can be found in the area in ranking different cities. Austin ranked as No. 28 on the list, the highest for a Texas city. The only other city in Texas to be ranked among the top 50 was Plano, at No. 29. Laredo stole the No. 100 spot, the last on the list. You’re probably not surprised to hear that Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington nabbed the first and second spots on the list.
We’d like to put some charming twist on our state’s performance on the list. Maybe something like we’re still making it how the cowboys taught us with a sock, some grounds and a pot? But according to WalletHub’s Jill Gonzalez, it more likely, as she told the Texas Standard, has a lot to do with the small number of coffee and tea manufacturers in the state.
There has to be a way to make better, cheaper coffee more readily accessible to all of Texas — but we’re going to need at least two more cups before we even think about it.