Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The United States of Americano

Thinknum has mapped out six of America's largest coffee chains. 22,842 Coffee Shops of America is an interactive map which shows the location of coffee shops belonging to Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Caribou Coffee, Tully's, Peet's, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Baskin-Robbins. Some of these chains are national while some are much more regionally based.

the distribution of Dunkin Donuts

Exploring the distribution of individual coffee shop chains can be quite interesting. For example, Dunkin Donuts really hates the northwest, Caribou Coffee really loves Minnesota and nowhere is safe from the ubiquitous reach of Starbucks.

Starbucks (13,000 restaurants) and Dunkin Donuts (8,500 restaurants) are America's largest coffee shop chains. Starbucks started on the West Coast and Dunkin Donuts originated in the northeast. Even though both chains have expanded across the globe it is interesting to note that you can still see the geographical influence of their founding locations on the spatial distribution of their restaurants across America. This trend was even more noticeable six years ago when created a number of heat maps showing the distribution of Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts across the USA. That 2013 article explores how both companies expanded across the U.S. from opposite sides of the country.

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