Study: Coffee not the drink of choice in Cowtown

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Java junkies

The top 10 coffee-crazed cities in America:

1. Portland, Maine

2. Manchester, N.H.

3. Burlington, Va.

4. Portland, Ore.

5. Albuquerque, N.M.

6. Colorado Springs, Colo.

7. Reno, Na.

8. San Francisco

9. Seattle

10. Corpus Christi

The bottom 10

91. Houston

92. Kansas City, Mo.

93. Milwaukee

94. Baton Rouge, La.

95. Dallas

96. Birmingham, Ala.

97. Durham, N.C.

98. Memphis, Tenn.

99. Fort Worth

100. Jackson, Miss.

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Fresh off a survey that named Fort Worth as the most country city in America, another national study suggests that Cowtown is not as jacked up on java as others.

In its May issue, Men’s Health magazine ranks 100 of the nation’s largest cities on being “coffee-crazed” and Fort Worth is No. 99, just ahead of Jackson, Miss.

“Hey, we made the list,” said Jeff Manzanares, manager of the Buon Giorno Coffeehouse and Roastery in downtown Fort Worth.

Coming in at No. 1 was Portland, Maine, where lobster is the food of choice over chicken-fried steak and the average low temperature in January is 13 degrees.

The low ranking for Fort Worth — Texas, really — is not surprising; we’re more about iced tea than coffee, especially once summer arrives.

“Sweet tea is definitely popular,” Manzanares said, “but we’re growing as a coffee town. I think we’re seeing a move toward independent coffee houses.”

Buon Giorno is locally owned, with shops in Grapevine and Fort Worth, and grinds its own beans.

While he doesn’t dispute the rankings, Manzanares said “we’ve seen a dramatic increase in business, especially in the last year.”

Corpus Christi (No. 10) is the lone Texas city in the top 10 for coffee drinkers, which is baffling (we figured Austin would be near the top.)

Houston (91) and Dallas (95) helped Texas make a strong showing in the bottom 10.

To come up with the rankings, Men’s Health looked at such statistics as the percentage of households that own coffeemakers and the number of coffee shops per capita.

To see the full rankings and methodology, go to MensHealth.com/metrogrades.

Earlier this month, the real estate website Estately, using Facebook interests such as fishing, hunting, NASCAR and cowboy boots as its guide, named Fort Worth as the most country city in America.

Lee Williams, 817-390-7840 Twitter: @leewatson

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