This Map Shows Which Coffee Chains Dominate America

The U.S. remains a country deeply divided… by its coffee chains.

Flowing Data’s Nathan Yau has the breakdown.

First, here’s the overall shakeout. Starbucks dominates the entire country. But somehow the western U.S. has been deprived of the joys of Dunkin’ Doughnuts. (BLENZ, Coffee Time, and, of course, Tim Hortons are Canadian brands.)

Next, here are the maps by chain. Aside from Starbucks, Seattle’s Best also has an impressive showing nationwide. There’s a minor Royal Mounted Canadian invasion in the north by Tim Hortons. We’ve never heard of Dutch Bros.

Finally, pizza chains vs. coffee joints. Sort of an elite vs. middle-America thing:

Yau writes:

I’m not totally sure why this is. I’ve only lived on the east and west coasts. Not so much anywhere else. Maybe fancy coffee drinks aren’t as ubiquitous as I thought. Or maybe people get their coffee from mum-and-pop places. Or maybe people in these areas tend to drink coffee at home, and it’s not profitable enough for these chains to open shop? Are these areas more into soda and tea? They why needs more investigation.

We would definitely be down to help, Nathan.

These maps are reprinted under a creative commons licence from Flowing Data.

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