Starbucks subsides,locals win. Dissing Starbucks has become the correctly hip thing to do. Wannabe connoisseurs contend Starbucks coffee is over-roasted, over-complicated and over-priced. They have a point. But you have to give Starbucks proper credit: The first tsunami of Starbucks coffee, a shop on every corner, made us pay attention to our coffee. Now the Seattle flood has receded somewhat, and cookie-cutter coffee shops are no longer cutting edge.

Idiosyncratic coffee shops are where it’s at, and it makes sense because having a cup of coffee is more than drinking a beverage. It means different things at different times. It helps define who you are. Read on for the local coffeeshops you must try.

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