So what is it about Seattle and coffee? You already know that the ubiquitous Starbucks chain is headquartered there, but it turns out that’s also where a bunch of coffee-related hardware comes from as well. Three of the biggest names in serious espresso machines (sorry, Mr Coffee) either assemble or refurbish their machines in that Pacific Northwest location. These aren’t machines that you’re likely to pick up at your local Target, though, since some of them can retail for upwards of $20,000, depending on how pimped out they are. But why Seattle? Maybe it’s all the cold and dreary, or perhaps all those caffeine-fueled nerds at Microsoft.
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