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Food: Best Cup of Joe in Bean Town

Some might say that a city is only as cool as its coffee shops. If that’s the case, Boston is one cool city with a coffee-house culture as varied as the neighborhoods that make up the historic metropolis.

Here’s a local guide to the best places to grab a mug (or bring your own). Be forewarned: I’ve purposely left out Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts-because you can find them on every corner. But unlike our independent booksellers, many of which have shut their doors over the past few years, our independent and small-chain java spots are still plentiful in Boston. So abundant, in fact, that I’m starting to wonder if the "Beantown" nickname refers to coffee beans.

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