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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Caribou Coffee

Caribou is by far the largest chain on this list, with nearly 500 locations around the world. It's also the most theme-oriented, with interiors that are more reminiscent of a hunting lodge than a coffeehouse (which can offer a unique contradiction in warm-weather locales). With a full menu of goodies like cookies and sandwiches, plus generous cup sizes, it's not a surprise that Caribou has become so popular.


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