The Top 20 Coffee Cities in the U.S.

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The City That Never Sleeps owes its nickname in part to the massive amounts of caffeine that fuel its citizenry. That’s right—New York City is the top coffee city in America, according to a new breakdown by WalletHub. The city has 17.4 times more coffee shops per capita than Laredo, Texas—the city with the fewest number of cafes.

In celebration of National Coffee Day this Saturday, September 29, the site used 14 criteria to assess the “coffee culture” in the country’s 100 largest cities. A few of these metrics include the number of coffee shops and cafes per capita, the average cost of a pack of coffee, the average price of a cappuccino, and the share of households that own coffee makers.

The fact that the top two spots are claimed by New York and Seattle probably won’t come as a shock to anyone. A few other cities on the top 20 list are less obvious, though. Miami, Florida, has the fourth lowest percentage of households that own coffee makers, but the city made up for it in other categories and came in at number eight on the list of best coffee cities overall.

Check out the full list below, and be sure to visit WalletHub’s website for a more detailed breakdown of which cities fared best (or worst) in each individual category.

1. New York, NY
2. Seattle, WA
3. San Francisco, CA
4. Portland, OR
5. Los Angeles, CA
6. Washington, DC
7. Chicago, IL
8. Miami, FL
9. Boston, MA
10. San Diego, CA
11. Denver, CO
12. Las Vegas, NV
13. Minneapolis, MN
14. Philadelphia, PA
15. Orlando, FL
16. Atlanta, GA
17. Austin, TX
18. Pittsburgh, PA
19. Oakland, CA
20. Fremont, CA

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

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Funko

Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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Lindt Opened the World’s Largest Chocolate Museum in Switzerland, Complete With a 30-Foot-Tall Chocolate Fountain

There aren’t any 10-foot strawberries to dip in it, unfortunately.
There aren’t any 10-foot strawberries to dip in it, unfortunately.
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Earlier this month, Lindt unveiled its sparkling new chocolate museum—which happens to be the largest chocolate museum in the world—near Zurich, Switzerland. The Lindt Home of Chocolate doesn’t have a Willy Wonka-esque chocolate river, but its nearly 30-foot-tall chocolate fountain is almost as enchanting.

According to Time Out, about 1500 liters of cocoa soup cascade from the golden whisk down to the massive LINDOR truffle and back again. Although you’re only allowed to enjoy it from a distance, you’ll get a chance to sample some of Lindt’s mouth-watering products in the tasting room at the end of the tour. But before that, you’ll find out how the magic happens: There’s a state-of-the-art research plant on the premises, with a production line in full view of visitors.

All LINDOR truffles should be this size.Lindt & Sprüngli

There’s also an exhibition that tracks chocolate through history, revealing how the Swiss became chocolate trailblazers and showing cocoa’s path from plantations in Ghana to factories in Switzerland. Along the way, you might find out a trade secret or two from one of the world’s best chocolate makers.

“The Lindt Home of Chocolate is the home of the renowned Master Chocolatiers, who are now opening their doors and inviting guests to immerse themselves into the fantastical world of chocolate,” the company said in a press release.

All this learning will help you work up an appetite.Lindt & Sprüngli

The project was funded by the Lindt Chocolate Competence Foundation, which seeks to further Switzerland’s confectionery legacy on a global scale.

“The Lindt Home of Chocolate will play an important role in safeguarding Switzerland’s position as a chocolate country in the long-term, as well as contribute to the transfer of knowledge across the entire industry,” Ernst Tanner, president of the Lindt Chocolate Competence Foundation, said in a press release.

The museum will also play an important role in satisfying the sweet tooth of every chocolate lover who waltzes through the doors, as the accompanying Lindt Chocolate Shop is the largest one on Earth.

[h/t Time Out]