While Portland's Stumptown might earn the city big points on a list like this, Seattle's answer is Caffe Vita, another larger specialty roaster whose single-origin mentality has earned it wholesale accounts across the country, from Portland, to LA, to New York.
On the less consumer-facing side, Seattle companies like La Marzocco, Synesso, and Slayer supply much of the third-wave market with their espresso machines, and the Emerald City served as the first host of back-to-back iterations of the Specialty Coffee Association of America's yearly conference in 2014 and 2015.
Younger coffee cities like Portland and Los Angeles might be snapping at Seattle's heels, but you're going to have a hard time finding any city as deeply grounded in coffee culture than the one on the Puget.
Major players: Starbucks, Caffe Vita, Seattle Coffee Works, Elm Coffee Roasters, Victrola Coffee Roasters
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