Coffee at 4121 Main. Photo by Brian Cohen.

Here’s some news that’ll perk you up: Pittsburgh has once again been named one of 2020’s Best Coffee Cities in America.

WalletHub, a personal finance website, ranked our town first in the number of coffee shops and cafes per capita and the sixth-best coffee city overall. The local caffeine scene also gets high marks for the average price of a cappuccino (13th), affordable coffee shops earning a rating of 4.5 stars per capita (8th) and donut shops per capita (42nd).

WalletHub compared the 100 largest cities across 12 key indicators of a strong coffee culture, including price, average spending on coffee per household and coffee spots offering free Wi-Fi.

The list was published in anticipation of National Coffee Day on Sept. 29. Whether you take it black, iced or loaded with whipped cream and pumpkin spice, you’ll find plenty of places around Pittsburgh to sip a cup of joe.

Many shops have provided a liquid boost to frontline workers during the pandemic. Black Forge Coffee House, which is remodeling its Allentown location this week, is hitting the road with a mobile espresso maker in support of independent music venues.

Other rolling cafes and brick-and-mortar businesses debuted in 2020, including a bird-friendly roastery.

Adda Coffee & Tea House and Redhawk Coffee are both gearing up to open their third locations and Rock ‘n’ Joe is planning multiple cafes throughout the city.

Can’t decide between coffee and beer? Have both.

Redhawk products will be featured at Trace Brewing, which is opening soon in Bloomfield and Hitchhiker Brewing plans to debut a Downtown espresso bar/taproom in the near future. On weekends throughout October, you can enjoy a hot cup of De Fer coffee and a cold beer at Lagerlands Socially Distant Beer Garden on the South Side.

Cool beans, eh?

Kristy Locklin

Kristy Locklin is a North Hills-based writer. When she's not busy reporting, she enjoys watching horror movies and exploring Pittsburgh's craft beer scene.