Dunkin' Donuts' bid to tout their java exclusively as "Best coffee in America" has been refused by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on the grounds that the desired trademark is "merely laudatory and descriptive of the alleged merit of applicant’s services and the goods featured therein," according to the Boston Globe.
For those readers not in the habit of deeply perusing the USPTO's website as part of their leisure reading, "coffee" is defined as "a hot, slightly bitter drink made by pouring hot water over brown powder consisting of coffee beans that have been ground" and "best" as "used for referring to the person or thing that is the most satisfactory, appropriate, pleasant, effective, of the highest quality, etc."
With all due respect to the Double-D (which got us through many an all-nighter in college and kept us from falling asleep at the wheel on innumerable, interminable road trips), the proliferation of fantastic local coffee places makes us think that there truly is an "America's best" somewhere out there, and we're looking to you to point the way.
CNN Travel, Eatocracy and iReport are teaming up to find the best places around the globe to eat - and drink - like a local. Sing the praises of your favorite local coffee place in the comments below or share your favorite (complete with pictures, even) on iReport. We'll be rounding them up for a future feature, so grab your favorite barista and brew up a tribute.
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