There's a reason a good cup of coffee feels so incredibly hard to find, and this chart may have unearthed it for us. It's confusing! We're not saying that the chart, designed by Pop Chart Lab, is poorly laid out. But when it comes to coffee, there are just too many options, too many "paths to follow."
The problem lies in the fact that there are more ways to make a cup of coffee than you can count on your hands and your feet -- from an aeropress to a clever to a moka pot. Then, to complicate matters further, there are multiple additions to be added to that cup of coffee (scalded, steamed, foamed milk) which result in more types of caffeinated beverages than you can remember.
And while we don't really want to live in a world where good folks can't get a triple mocha soy caramel cap, we're just saying, we finally grasp the scope of coffee. And, we appreciate this chart for laying it out for us. You can study the interactive infographic of "The Compendious Coffee Chart" online, or you can buy it in poster form for $27. We're not saying it'll help you make better coffee, but at least it's trying -- and it looks pretty cool, too. Want a chance to win one of these posters? We've got three to give away. Leave a comment below telling us what you'd be willing to give up for a good cup of coffee.
Check out the coffee shops our readers think make the best coffee in the country.
Vint Coffee, Louisville, KY
Twitter user Danielle Adkins (@danirenae12) says: <a href="http://vintcoffee.com/" target="_hplink">Vint Coffee</a> in Louisville, Kentucky. :)
Haymarket, Northampton MA
HuffPost User Katherine Hartman says: <a href="http://www.haymarketcafe.com/main.html" target="_hplink">Haymarket</a> in Northampton MA. Great basic coffee and they make mochas the right way (chocolate milk).
Luxxe Café, Santa Monica, CA
HuffPost user Raquel Villarreal says: <a href="http://www.caffeluxxe.com/" target="_hplink">Luxxe Café</a> on Montana Avenue, in Santa Monica, CA. Absolutely the best latte, hands down!
Satellite, Albuquerque, NM
HuffPost user luckylily88 says: Albuquerque's local coffee chain, <a href="http://www.satcoffee.com/" target="_hplink">Satellite</a>, has some of the best coffee I've ever had. They roast their own beans, have some of the best tea blends I've ever had, and always have something sweet to nibble on. Fantastic!
Molto Bene Cafe & Italian Market
HuffPost user RedPistolet2 says:<a href="https://www.facebook.com/MoltoBeneOnline" target="_hplink"> Molto Bene Cafe & Italian Market</a> in Cranbury, NJ.
Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters, MA
HuffPost user CarolineLee7 says: Haymarket is great but I also love <a href="http://www.ibuycoffee.com/" target="_hplink">Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters</a> (locations: Northampton, Easthampton, Greenfield, Hadley, and of course, Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.
Lone Pine Coffee Roasters, Bend, OR (Two Votes!)
HuffPost User ggbolt16 says: <a href="http://www.lonepinecoffeeroasters.com/" target="_hplink">Lone Pine Coffee Roasters</a> in Bend, OR. HuffPost User Kaycee Anseth also says: Lone Pine Coffee Roasters in beautiful Bend, OR!
Crema Cafe, Cambridge, MA
HuffPost user tracikins24 says: <a href="http://cremacambridge.com/" target="_hplink">Crema Cafe</a> in Harvard Square, MA! Not only do they have great coffee, but freshly made bakery items!
Gregorys Coffee, NYC
HuffPost user BobbyCalise says: Any of the 5 <a href="http://gregoryscoffee.com/" target="_hplink">Gregorys Coffee</a> locations in NYC!
Buono Bagels-Deli Inc, Ramsey, NJ
HuffPost user RedPistolet2 says: <a href="http://buonobagels.com/" target="_hplink">Buono Bagels-Deli Inc</a> in Ramsey, NJ.
Bauhaus, Seattle, WA (Two Votes!)
HuffPost user nickboos says: <a href="http://www.bauhauscoffee.net/" target="_hplink">Bauhaus</a> in Seattle! The best atmosphere and always open. HuffPost User Natalie Marie Ogburn says: Bauhaus Coffee and Books in Seattle, WA!
The Life House, Rockwall, TX
Facebook user San Patzke says: <a href="http://www.thelifehousetx.com/" target="_hplink">The Life House</a>, Rockwall, TX.
Plank, Cloverdale, CA
Facebook User Carl Smith says: <a href="http://www.plankcoffee.com/" target="_hplink">Plank</a> in Cloverdale California!
Strictly Organic, Bend, OR
HuffPost user ggbolt16 says: <a href="http://www.strictlyorganic.com/" target="_hplink">Strictly Organic</a> in Bend, OR.
Bailiwick's Coffee Company, Tiffin, OH
Facebook user Sandy Lang Hurt says: <a href="http://www.bailiwickscoffeecompany.com/" target="_hplink">Bailiwick's Coffee Company</a> because they're local and their coffee anyway you order it is the best!
Boston Bagel Café, Fort Lauderdale, FL
HuffPost user scaredinSFLA says: <a href="http://www.bostonbagelcafe.com/" target="_hplink">Boston Bagel Café</a> in Fort Lauderdale, FL!! A small little mom and pop shop with the BEST coffee in town, hands down!!
New Moon Cafe, Aiken, SC
HuffPost user Emily Neal says: The <a href="http://www.newmoondowntown.com/" target="_hplink">New Moon Cafe</a> in downtown Aiken, SC, ftw!
Sugar on Front Street, Wilmington, NC
HuffPost user DarcieD says: In Wilmington, North Carolina, it's <a href="http://sugaronfrontst.wordpress.com/" target="_hplink">Sugar on Front Street</a>! Samantha Smith is not only an absolutely fantastic baker, she is a terrific barista, and she'll make you feel instantly at home. Her coffee beverages are THE best--made even better with a slice of one of her pies. Plus, Sugar is located inside a used-books store, Old Books on Front Street. What is better than coffee and pie and books!?
Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse, Poulsbo, WA
HuffPost user tobych says: <a href="http://poulsbohemian.com/" target="_hplink">The Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse</a> in Poulsbo, WA. The most casual, laid-back scene around here. Often populated by watercolor artists painting the stunning view, poets preparing for one of the cafe's regular reading nights, and left-leaning intellectuals reading Proust. The staff are friendly, genuine, chatty, and witty, and there's a little area outside where you can sit on big super-comfy chairs and stare at the Bay. Quite wonderful. I make trips out there from Bainbridge Island just to hang out for a few hours because there's nothing like it at home. And they don't mind if you fall asleep with your four-year-old on your lap in the corner.
Uncommon Grounds, Burlington VT
HuffPost user Tuck Hanson says: Uncommon Grounds, Burlington VT.
Peekskill Coffeehouse, Peekskill, NY
HuffPost user KDgray says: <a href="http://www.peekskillcoffee.com/" target="_hplink">Peekskill Coffeehouse</a>, Peekskill NY.
Los Gatos Roasting Company, Los Gatos, California
HuffPost user PRGAL says: <a href="http://www.lgcrc.com/" target="_hplink">Los Gatos Roasting Company</a>, Los Gatos, California. Nestled in the foothills of the majestic Santa Cruz Mountains. Warm wood décor revealing shades of this lovely town's earliest iteration as a lumber hub. Benches and slightly rickety bistro tables drawing an eclectic mix of coffee connoisseurs: the Silicon Valley iPad-attached tech types; the circle of retired gentlemen gathering for their daily chatter; aging hippies; the avid cyclists sipping coffee on the window ledge outside keeping a watchful eye on their expensive bicycles; uber-fit young moms in smart workout gear pushing designer strollers; and, of course, the ubiquitous readers [of the print persuasion]. Anchoring the tableau is the giant coffee roaster - the engine that generously infuses the whole town with a divine aroma of fresh coffee. Sublime!
Ocracoke Coffee Company, Ocracoke Island, NC
HuffPost user pghflash says: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/OcracokeCoffeeCo" target="_hplink">Ocracoke Coffee Company</a>, Ocracoke Island, NC.
Bergies Coffee Roast House, Gilbert, AZ
HuffPost user Guy Downes says: <a href="http://www.bergiescoffee.com/" target="_hplink">Bergies Coffee Roast House</a> in Gilbert, Arizona.
Grindcore House, Philadelphia, PA
HuffPost user rejecct says: <a href="http://www.grindcorehouse.com/" target="_hplink">Grindcore House</a> in Philadelphia, PA.
De Lillo's, NYC
HuffPost user Robert Brancatelli says: No question about it. Don't even... <a href="http://delillopastryshop.com/" target="_hplink">De Lillo's</a>, East 187th, Da Bronx... Baba rum... the rest a yous can go home... fuggedaboutit.
Great Lakes Chocolate And Coffee, Angola, IN
HuffPost user kaydiannas says: <a href="http://www.greatlakeschocolate.com/locations.php" target="_hplink">Great Lakes Chocolate and Coffee</a>, in Angola Indiana. I worked as a bistro so I know my stuff, and they make some amazing coffee!
Tattered Cover Bookstore And Coffee Shop, Denver, CO
HuffPost user Ann Werner says: Tattered Cover Bookstore and Coffee Shop in LoDo, Denver. Independent bookstore and great coffee gets me started every morning!
Commonplace Coffehouse, Pittsburgh, PA
HuffPost user JamesPGH says: <a href="http://www.commonplacecoffee.com/" target="_hplink">Commonplace Coffehouse</a>, Pittsburgh, PA.
Grouchy John's Coffee Shop, Las Vegas, NV
HuffPost user epfitness7 says: <a href="http://grouchyjohns.com/" target="_hplink">Grouchy John's Coffee Shop</a> in Las Vegas, NV. Not only do they have 5 star customer service, but almost everything in their shop is from a local business or shop. Their pastries are from local mom and pop bakeries so everything is always fresh out of the oven (including KD Donuts, Tuff Cookie Bake Shop and Bread and Butter Restaurant), their tea is from an amazing woman who owns Joy's Teaspoon, and their coffee is delivered locally from Colorado River Coffee Roasters (CRCR). They do as many community events as they can and have helped create such an incredible community in the Las Vegas area that we didn't have before. Oh... and did I mention that their coffee is TO DIE for? CRCR is the smoothest, most amazing coffee you will ever taste in your life. It is like being home when going to Grouchy John's. They know your name, your drink, and what you talked about last time you came in. Best coffee shop hands down!
Caffe Calabria, San Diego, CA
HuffPost user zen city says: <a href="http://www.caffecalabria.com/" target="_hplink">Caffe Calabria</a> in San Diego. Roasted in house, it's amazing!
The Brick, Naples, FL
HuffPost user parentlarry333 says: I looooooooove coffee!!!! There are a couple of places here in Naples, Florida, (across from Miami). 'The Brick', on 5th avenue. 'The Coffeehouse on 5th, and of course, 'Starbucks inside Barnes and Noble'!! Great coffee's, and many to choose from!! They have WIFI too! They have great deserts and hot and cold sandwiches!! The best part???... a small walk to the beach!! They don't mind if you hang out, inside or outside!! CHEERS!!
Alterra Coffee Roasters, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
HuffPost user Nathan Kliewer says: <a href="http://alterracoffee.com/Home.aspx" target="_hplink">Alterra Coffee Roasters</a> in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Indie Coffee, Madison, WI
HuffPost user Nathan Kliewer says: <a href="http://indiecoffee.net/" target="_hplink">Indie Coffee</a> in Madison, Wisconsin.
Sheetz Coffee Emporium, Kent, OH
HuffPost user kennieman says: My favorite is <a href="http://www.sheetz.com/main/" target="_hplink">Sheetz Coffee Emporium</a> in Kent, Ohio.
Amante Coffee, Boulder, Colorado
HuffPost user Juliette Valier Harris says: <a href="http://www.amantecoffee.com/" target="_hplink">Amante Coffee</a> in Boulder, Colorado. Good stuff. : )
The Coffee Hound, IL
HuffPost user Susan Yasue Grogan says: <a href="http://www.coffeehound.net/?link=home" target="_hplink">The Coffee Hound</a> (two locations in the twin cities) of Bloomington and Normal IL is our local local best! Fresh roasted beans every week, friendly staff, and both locations have their own style-complete with the work of local fine artists on the walls. They serve up fair-trade coffee and they and they support a local cycling team.
Jobot, Phoenix, AZ
HuffPost user Renetto-Mario Etsitty says: Jobot! in downtown phoenix. arizona
The Pearl Cup, Dallas, TX
HuffPost user jakethesnake576 says: <a href="http://pearlcupcoffee.com/" target="_hplink">The Pearl Cup</a> in Dallas... Famous for their Pearl Latte.
Oddfellows, Dallas, TX
HuffPost user jakethesnake576 says: <a href="http://oddfellowsdallas.com/" target="_hplink">Oddfellows</a> -- a coffee shop that is also in Dallas that has a $26,000 La Marzocco Strada espresso machine!
HuffPost user TTymesen1 says: <a href="http://www.trystdc.com/" target="_hplink">Tryst</a> in DC. And they serve alcohol, to boot!
Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Portland, OR
HuffPost user Aaron Kier says: If there's one thing we know in the PacificNW, it's coffee. <a href="http://stumptowncoffee.com/" target="_hplink">Stumptown Coffee Roasters</a>, Portland OR -- I've actually seen it sold in a super high-end, snooty coffee boutique... where it was the only domestically roasted coffee they deigned to stock!
The Witches Brew, West Hempstead, NY
HuffPost user zumzum123 says: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Witches-Brew/41854822214" target="_hplink">The Witches Brew</a> in West Hempstead, NY. They have coffee combinations you've never imagined!
Cozy Corner Books And Coffee, Bellingham, WA
HuffPost user geddy lee is a god says: It's hard for me to choose here in Seattle. Bellingham has some pretty cool shops too, but if I had to choose from there, I'd go with <a href="http://cozycornerbooksandcoffee.com/" target="_hplink">Cozy Corner Books and Coffee</a>. Very comfy place.
Grassroots, Thomasville, GA (Four Votes!)
HuffPost user Maureen Butler Price says: <a href="http://www.grassrootscoffee.com/" target="_hplink">Grassroots</a> in Thomasville, GA. HuffPost user Jennifer Lodge says: Grassroots in Thomasville Ga for sure! I love their Caramel Blenders!! HuffPost user Princelia Reyes says: Grassroots Coffee in Thomasville, GA. Their iced coffees are the best! HuffPost user Rebekah E Mann says: Grassroots Coffee in Thomasville, Ga. They roast their own beans in store. They have the best everything!
Wormhole, Chicago, IL
HuffPost user Moemonty says: <a href="http://www.thewormholecoffee.com/" target="_hplink">Wormhole</a> in Wicker Park, Chicago, IL. They have a delorean and they make one of the best pour overs ever!
Bonlife Coffee, Cleveland, TN
HuffPost user ErikabMoore says: <a href="http://bonlifecoffee.com/" target="_hplink">Bonlife Coffee</a> in Cleveland, TN. They roast all fair and direct trade, organically grown coffees on site, have a dozen different brew methods, and some awesome specialty drinks like a Bacon Mocha!
Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, Rochester, NY
HuffPost user WC Reed says: <a href="http://www.joebeanroasters.com/" target="_hplink">Joe Bean Coffee Roasters</a>, Rochester, New York. Profile roasters, all manual brewing, everything timed and weighed out to perfection.
Dub Pies, Brooklyn NY
HuffPost user KiwiDesign says: <a href="http://www.dubpies.com/" target="_hplink">Dub Pies</a>, Brooklyn, NY.
Cafe Kili, Tampa, FL.
HuffPost user says: <a href="http://www.cafekili.com/" target="_hplink">Cafe Kili</a>, Tampa, Florida.
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