"I have measured out my life in coffee spoons," T.S. Eliot once wrote. The working person's ambrosia is now nearly ubiquitous, and a reported 83 percent of Americans indulge in the beverage, averaging three cups a day per person.
However, some cups of joe are better than others, and Food and Wine went on a national quest to find the best coffee available in every state.
Americans' love of coffee has turned the morning staple into a $30 billion a year industry, according to Professor Bob Thompson, per USA Today.
"You could say this nation runs on two dark liquids — petroleum and coffee."
"Possibly for the first time ever, each state now has a modern, up-to-speed coffee roaster doing at least very promising work, so there's that -- from North Dakota to Nevada to Oklahoma to Alabama, there are so many bright, often very young people jumping into the game, a group that becomes more representative by the year."
Though the Food and Wine article lists the impression notes of coffee, general experiences, and runners up, below is a short summary of places to find a great cup of joe.
Alabama: Domestique Coffee Company, Birmingham.
Alaska: Uncle Leroy's Coffee, Anchorage.
Arizona: Presta Coffee Roasters, Tucson.
Arkansas: Onyx Coffee Lab, Springdale.