East Coast Coffee versus West Coast Coffee
Of all the divides in American culture today (non-withstanding recent political events which we'll not go into) the East/West coffee divide is probably one of the more surspirsing ones. It exists, and in fact, we can attribute it to the modern advent of American coffee culture most heavily influenced by the two, most dominant, coffee chains in the country.
Starbucks, was founded on the west coast of the country, in the state of Seattle, and currently has over 11,000 locations in the U.S. alone. Ever since its inception, Seattle (and the west coast itself) have both been labeled as the inception place of hipster trendy coffee...
On the other hand, Dunkin’ Donuts was founded on the east coast, in the state of Massachusetts, and currently has about 7,200 locations in the U.S. Although the popular coffee chain fails to surpass Starbucks in numbers, it’s certainly the coffee house of choice day in and day out for all sorts of people up-and-down the east coast.
“The Boston Globe recently created a map of the U.S. locations of Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts. The paper then asked several business analysts to figure out what these mappings say about the country’s coffee consumption habits and unsurprisingly, their collective expertise informed us that the two forementioned companies prevail on their respective coasts, i.e. where they were founded.
However, there is a reasonable catch to this. Those analysts also found out that Starbucks tends to reign supreme in bustling city areas, whereas Dunkin’ dominates in more suburban areas.
For instance, Starbucks dominates New York City (a city that is definitely fueled on nothing but coffee) even though there are more Dunkin’ locations than Starbucks locations. In Pennsylvania, Dunkin’ Donuts dominates as the coffee house of choice, given that there are far more rural and suburban areas in the state than metro ones.
Here in Texas though, we have far more practical folks who spend more time on creating thriving little businesses that exceed expectations. Unlike the super chains whose sole goal seems to be to reduce overheads and queue times, companies like ours are all about providing authentic, high quality products and world class customer service.
The glorious state of Texas, has a unique and thriving coffee story to tell. Texas is known for many things, but, look a little deeper and you'll discover artisanal coffee roasting houses from San Antonio to Austin and may dozen others just about every where in between. Between them they source coffee beans from every corner of the world and ship delicious blends to just about every corner too.
Yes, Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts may still be the coffee houses of choice for the majority of folks that simply need a quick trendy cup'o'Joe, but there are many, many other coffee houses across the state worth a try. And I'm not just talking about the hipster friendly, quirky named affairs that seem to be coming out of a deranged interior designers sketch book. I'm talking about the real down to earth mo and pa places where real conversations between real people happen every day. We pride ourselves on our hospitality and friendliness down these parts and it's about time we told the world of our great coffee too!
Love My Cup Coffee Blends
Seasoned readers of our blog will already be aware that we started our coffee company to bring amazing coffee experiences to the people we care about. We created our blends with sharing in mind and as a way to reach out to people and give them a taste of the best Texas has to offer.
You can read about the story of our brand and the way we started out on previous entries and be a part of our story by reaching out to us on social media.
Simply search for Love My Cup coffee on Google or send us a line on your social media!