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Seattle Has Spoken, and Its Favorite Coffee Comes from Portland

The Emerald City has fallen.

Like all moneyed siblings who used to be cool but now have boring jobs, Seattle loves to hate all the attention Portland gets.

But they could at least hang on to the idea their coffee was better than ours.

Seattle, birthplace of fancy coffee in America, is home not just to Starbucks but excellent third-wavers like Slate and Victrola. It was the city that made specialty coffee a thing.

But turns out Seattle now likes Portland coffee better.

Alt-paper Seattle Weekly just held its annual readers' poll of all the things Seattle likes best in Seattle. Some names are familiar: They like (Seattle-based) Asian grocery Uwajimaya, just like you all did in our Best of Portland Reader's Poll. And like you, gentle readers, they like the seafood best at (Seattle-based) Salty's.

Related: Best of Portland Reader's Poll 2016 Results

But their favorite coffee in the whole damn city of Seattle is Stumptown Roasters—Portland born, Portland roasted, California bought.

"Amid the array of Emerald City roasters and espresso-shot pullers," Seattle Weekly writes, "it might be hard to believe that a Portland-born coffee shop could rule supreme, but Stumptown is that good."

We should probably be gracious about this and say—as a city—thank you for enjoying the coffee we made.

Related: Stumptown Bought by Peet's

But goodbye to that feeling. I think I speak for everyone here in Portland, and maybe even San Francisco, when I say: "HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA"—taking a breath—"HA HA HA!"

Note that Stumptown was voted favorite by you all, too, in our Best of Portland reader's poll—followed by Coava and Water Avenue.

Caffe Vita, Seattle's second choice behind Stumptown, also has a location on Alberta Street.

But it didn't rank in Portland.