America’s best coffee chains not named Starbucks (or Dunkin' Donuts)

These shops may be small in comparison, but they're big on flavor and appeal.

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Tully's coffee chain Tully's coffee chain (Photo: Tupungato /

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Tully's Coffee

Tully's was founded in 1992 in Seattle with the intention of directly competing with another local upstart named Starbucks. We know how that went. While Tully's didn't quite keep up with Starbucks' expansion, that's not necessarily a bad thing.

With about 50 locations, mostly in the Western United States, it has expanded gradually, focusing on quality over quantity. There's a reason its slogan is "Your friendly neighborhood coffee shop."

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