Update: The map, which previously covered only Manhattan, now includes Brooklyn and Queens.
About a year ago, we reported that the number of small chain or independent coffee shops in New York City for the first time in decades outnumbered large chains like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts.
The New York Economic Development Corp. attributed this shift in the New York landscape to higher numbers of working young adults who were not afraid to pay premiums associated with high-end independent coffee.
To you 18-to-35-year-old working New Yorkers, we present to you this map, which outlines dozens of coffee shops throughout Manhattan (and now Brooklyn and Queens), based on their proximity to a subway station. To save space, the mapmakers, Butterfruit Labs, eliminated words like “coffee” and “espresso” from the names of the shops, and only one location of each chain — big or small — is given representation. Here’s more on the criteria:
The coffeehouses which made the cut were selected based on their equipment, the type/source of beans used, stop proximity, and reviews from both customers and professionals. Unique spots also got priority. In cases of multiple stores, the original or most popular location of that chain was weighted more heavily. Shops which embraced their neighborhoods feel were also favored. Some locations didn’t have great options, and Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks had be chosen.
Is your spot not on there? Make it known below.