Astronomy grad student James Davenport loves maps, data, and coffee.
He brought them all together last fall in a project he calls “The United States of Starbucks.”
Analyzing the locations of Starbucks in the lower 48 states, Davenport, who studies populations of stars at the University of Washington, turned up some interesting facts about Seattle’s biggest local brew. Among them: 80 percent of Americans live within 20 miles of a Starbucks. And while you can’t avoid passing a Starbucks in Seattle, you can be a whopping 140 miles away from one in a remote point in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park.
Though the project got some attention last fall, he freshened it up for a presentation at the grab-bag speaker series Ignite Seattle (which I emcee) last month. This week he answered some questions about the project.More