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3. Portland, Ore.

Coffee Shops: 876*

With the increasing interest in coffee as a gourmet product, coffee fanatics are taking their obsession to a new level with an attentiveness rivaling that of the wine industry. Portland is one of the cities at the forefront of this movement.

At left, Gena Stutzman, Tom Stutzman Jr., and his father Tom Stugetttzman Sr. take a breath of recently ground coffee at a cupping of fine coffees at Stumptown Coffee Annex in Portland.

*As of July 31, 2011
Source: The NPD Group

Photo: Michael Rubenstein | Bloomberg | Getty Images