By now, we know coffee shops are for more than just coffee. We might go there for a group meetings, for a date, or just to hang with friends. And just about everyone has used a coffee shop as a temporary office at some point. Besides a good cup of Joe, knowing a shop has reliable Wi-Fi can be the deciding factor in which shop you choose.
So which coffee shop has the fastest Wi-Fi in the United States?
PCMag looked at nearly 100,000 Ookla Speedtests results taken from smartphones over the past 12 months. Coffee chains with at least 100 tests over that period were considered for the final analysis.
In the end, 11 chains were included: Caffe Nero, Capital One Café, Caribou Coffee, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Dunkin’, Joe & the Juice, Krispy Kreme, Peet’s, Philz, Starbucks, and Tim Hortons.
And the coffee shop with the fastest Wi-Fi? Joe & the Juice.
If you’re unfamiliar with the coffee, smoothie, and sandwich chain, you likely don’t live in a major city. The hip Denmark-based chain has locations in places like Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Miami, Washington D.C., San Fransisco, in the United States, and Sydney, Reykjavik, Hong Kong, Seoul, Amsterdam and Zurich worldwide (to name a few). In total, you can find about 300 shops worldwide.
But besides being known for its clean interior design and thumping music, Joe & the Juice customers count on it for the best Wi-Fi signal. With average speeds of 42.4 Mbps, you’ll want to keep an eye out if you’re need a good signal in the States or abroad. Furthermore, all 20 Joe & the Juice locations in New York City have speeds topping 100 Mbps.
The ubiquitous Dunkin’ and Starbucks did well, too.
Dunkin’ was the 2018 winner, narrowly edging out Starbucks to claim the title of fastest Wi-Fi. Both chains did well again for 2019—again, placing at #2 and #3— but Dunkin’ clearly invested in some serious upgrades. This year Dunkin’ offers average speeds of 40.4 Mbps (up from 25.4 Mbps last year). At Starbucks you’ll find speeds of 26.1 Mbps this year (up from 23.3 Mbps last year).
Other chains didn’t fair poorly either. Rounding out the top five were Krispy Kreme at 21.1 Mbps, Peet’s at 20.9 Mbps, and Caffe Nero at 19.9 Mbps.
Of course, the main reason to head to a coffee shop is usually the coffee. But if it’s work that takes you there, it might be worth considering the whole package.