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America's Best Coffee Cities: Portland, ME

Lindsay Heald

No. 8 Portland, ME

The New England city didn’t rate highly in the survey for its nightlife, but its morning life is clearly another matter. Since the 1990s, Portland has supported strong local chains that go mano-a-Americano against the big chains. The longtime favorite is micro-roasted Coffee by Design, while relative newcomers include the Old Port’s Bard Coffee, which does a nitro cold brew on tap, and Crema, across from the Bay, where the Caffe Milky Way comes with espresso, steamed milk, chocolate, and a homemade caramel sauce.


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