Philadelphia's coffee scene is not saturated, researchers say

Herman’s Coffee is a newcomer to the scene at 1313 S. Third St.

The Philadelphia region’s coffee scene is not saturated, according to a study by NPD, the global information company.

The region ranked 111th in the nation in coffee shops per capita, according to figures released this week. NPD based the rank on 612 coffee shops serving a population of 8.11 million, as it surveyed a broad swath of the region.

NPD included Kent and New Castle Counties, Del.; Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Salem Counties, N.J.; and the Pennsylvania counties of Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, and Northampton, in addition to the considerably more highly caffeinated Philadelphia, where you often can’t walk two blocks without smelling a pumpkin spice latte.

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Lattes at La Colombe’s flagship location on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown.

NPD counted 13 more coffee shops between spring 2016 and spring 2017, for a 2.2 percent rise. Of the net gain of 13, NPD counted 15 new chain stores, offset by two fewer independent shops, of one or two locations.

Meanwhile, Juneau, Alaska, ranked the highest in density with 22 coffee shops serving the city’s population of 32,519. Anchorage, Alaska, was second with 170 coffee shops for a population of 431,231.

In rank order, Bend, Ore,, Seattle, Wash., and Portland, Ore., followed with the most coffee shops per capita.

The Boston metro area ranked 50 with 763 coffee shops for a population of 6.53 million, and the New York City area ranked 70 with 1,994 coffee shops for a population of 21.5 million.