America’s Favorite Coffee Shop is the Gas Station; Cumberland Farms, QuikTrip and Wawa Lead the Consumer Shift

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#ButFirstCoffee occurring more at gas stations as consumers turning away from traditional shops for their cup of joe, research finds; GasBuddy study reveals the best gas station brands for coffee in every state in time for National Coffee Day

Top rated gas station coffee in every state, infographic

Over the years, gas station c-stores have increased their coffee quality to a level where they now compete with coffee shops. Their offer is also more affordable, drawing in tens of millions of consumers a day.

In honor of National Coffee Day on Sept 29, GasBuddy, the only smartphone app connecting drivers with their Perfect Pit Stop, today reveals which gas station brands have the highest-rated coffee in each state, making them the best bet when you need a caffeine fix.

According to NPD Group Inc, traffic growth to large coffee chains is slowing and traffic to small coffee chains and independent shops is declining. Consumers are noticing the growing number of other options available to them, including gas station convenience stores.

In 2017, hot dispensed beverages were the second largest category in convenience store foodservice at 14 percent of sales. The quality of coffee at gas stations have improved as well. Of the stations in the U.S that have ever received a coffee review in the GasBuddy app, more than 75 percent received positive reviews. Additionally, coffee was voted the “favorite food and beverage item in the gas station” according to a recent GasBuddy survey.

“Gas station convenience brands are investing heavily in their hot beverage programs, with retailers like 7-Eleven and Wawa adding permanent specialty coffee offerings at their locations,” said Frank Beard, convenience store and retail trends analyst at GasBuddy. “Over the years, gas station c-stores have increased their coffee quality to a level where they now compete with coffee shops. Their offer is also more affordable, drawing in tens of millions of consumers a day.”

As for the gas station brand that has the best coffee, GasBuddy data scientists reviewed more than 3 million coffee ratings covering more than 150,000 retail locations where gasoline is sold and found that Buc-ee’s captured the highest ratings in the nation as being the best gas station c-store for a cup of joe. On the state level, Tulsa, Okla.-based QuikTrip captured the top spot in seven states, while Media, Penn.-based Wawa, and Framingham, Mass.-based Cumberland Farms tied for second, both with six states.

The top five states with the highest-rated gas station coffee are Texas, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Florida.

FULL LIST OF BEST COFFEE BRANDS BY STATE
Alabama: MAPCO
Alaska: Holiday
Arizona: QuikTrip
Arkansas: Casey’s
California: 7-Eleven
Colorado: Kum & Go
Connecticut: Cumberland Farms
DC: Exxon
Delaware: Wawa
Florida: Wawa
Georgia: QuikTrip
Hawaii: Texaco
Idaho: Maverik
Illinois: Kelley’s Market
Indiana: Pilot
Iowa: Kwik Trip
Kansas: QuikTrip
Kentucky: Pilot
Louisiana: RaceTrac
Maine: Irving
Maryland: Wawa
Massachusetts: Cumberland Farms
Michigan: Holiday
Minnesota: Kwik Trip
Mississippi: Circle K
Missouri: QuikTrip
Montana: Holiday
Nebraska: Kum & Go
Nevada: Maverik
New Hampshire: Cumberland Farms
New Jersey: Wawa
New Mexico: Chevron
New York: Cumberland Farms
North Carolina: QuikTrip
North Dakota: Casey’s
Ohio: Sheetz
Oklahoma: QuikTrip
Oregon: Sinclair
Pennsylvania: Wawa
Rhode Island: Cumberland Farms
South Carolina: QuikTrip
South Dakota: Shell
Tennessee: Weigel’s
Texas: Buc-ee’s
Utah: Maverik
Vermont: Cumberland Farms
Virginia: Wawa
Washington: Mobil
West Virginia: Sheetz
Wisconsin: Kwik Trip
Wyoming: Maverik

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