Where can you find the largest number of independent coffee shops per capita in Seattle? In zip code 98103, including parts of Green Lake, Greenwood, Phinney Ridge, Fremont, and Wallingford, according to some number crunching that Redfin did using data from Foursquare.
The company defined “independent” shops as those with fewer than 10 retail outlets. And, because Redfin is a real estate service, it calculated the median home price for the area ($480,000) in terms of the average number of $4 lattes it would take to buy it (120,000, meaning you’d have to give up that latte a day for 329 years.)
The most popular shop in the zip code, by the Foursquare data, was Milstead & Co. in Fremont, a contender for best in the city as well as in the north end.
The next most popular areas, in order: 98101 (including Belltown/Downtown, First Hill, Pike Place,) 98122 (including the Central Area, Capitol Hill, First Hill, Leschi, Madrona,) 98015 (Bellevue) and 98109 (including Queen Anne, South Lake Union, Westlake.)
It’s a no-brainer that living in Seattle, period, provides access to a lot of caffeine. By the Redfin count, the entire Seattle metropolitan area (which includes Bellevue and Tacoma in their map) ranks #1 in the U.S. for the number of independent coffee shops per capita, beating out Portland, Boulder, San Francisco, and (oddly not in the same group as Boulder) Denver.
The survey was done in conjunction with the marketing device known as National Coffee Day. While they certainly aren’t counted in the indie survey, McDonalds and Krispy Kreme are marking the day by offering free drinks at participating locations. Caffe Vita, which is a little too big to count as an independent for Redfin’s purposes (but still is to us) is offering a buy-one-get-one-free deal.