Coffee is a way of life. It's the element that keeps us going. It's a necessity. Some would go as far to say it's the most important meal of the day. Shall I go on? If you can't tell, I'm a certified coffee addict...and I'm totally okay with it, because I know I'm not the only one.

No city would survive without an overwhelming collection of coffee shops to cater to the millions of consumers who rely on that energy-inducing liquid gold. And Boston is no exception. With hundreds of options out there on where to find that perfect java, here's a list of 12 worthy Boston contenders to make the choice a little bit easier.

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Ogawa Coffee // 10 Milk St

What started as an independent coffee roasting business in Kyoto, Japan, the creators of Ogawa Coffee (thankfully) decided to immerse themselves in the American coffee culture, opening their first-ever international cafe here in Boston. The Milk Street location has been in business for just over a year now, and to say it's been a hit would be an understatement.

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Render Coffee // 563 Columbus Ave

Cozy, cute and unpretentious, this little South End coffee shop is the perfect daytime gathering spot for coffee enthusiasts. Wait the extra few minutes for their signature pour-over coffee; it's 100% worth it. And get a breakfast sandwich while you're there.

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Wired Puppy // 250 Newbury St

Take the stairs down into this Newbury Street lair for one delectable cup of coffee. Born in Provincetown, the Boston location is proving to be a great addition to the Wired Puppy family. There is limited seating, so just be prepared you might be eating your chocolate muffin and espresso fizz on the go. (And yes, dogs are welcome.)

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Thinking Cup // 85 Newbury St

Another Newbury Street gem, the Thinking Cup is definitely worth a stop in, especially if you can snag a seat on the patio during the warmer months. People rave about the salmon bagel, and the lattes are always on point. Oh, and if you're a fan of Stumptown, you're in luck - Thinking Cup serves "Stumptown Coffee" and "Third Wave Coffee" products exclusively.

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Fortissimo Coffeehouse // 365 Somerville Ave, Somerville

This hole in the wall coffee shop is easy to miss, but you don't want to. The laid back vibe is warm and welcoming, and the wonderfully Brazilian staff is always super friendly. And yes, Brazilian = acai bowls!

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3 Little Figs // 278 Highland Ave, Somerville

Somerville definitely has their fair share of coffee shops, and 3 Little Figs is definitely at the top of this list. Apart from their ever changing variety of coffee, you MUST try one of their pastries...and the egg and feta sandwich.

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Pavement Coffeehouse // 1096 Boylston St

Pavement has six locations around the city, and they are all equally amazing. A hit amongst Boston students, the hipster-esque ambiance is trendy without being obnoxious. Quality coffee and homemade bagels make it a Boston breakfast staple.

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Gracenote Coffee // 108 Lincoln St

These guys (and gals) know coffee. Take a look through their website and you'll instantly learn the intricacies of each and every one of their coffee blends. If you're a cold brew person, their nitro-charged small batch cold brew on tap will change your life.

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Flat Black Coffee // 50 Broad St

There's a reason why this Boston-based coffee company has six locations in the area; it's freakin' fantastic. Packed with bold flavors, all of their coffee drinks are smooth, velvety and highly addictive. Try to go on the off hours, though (AKA not at 8:45 on your way to work), as the lines can get a little crazy.

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Green T Coffee Shop // 754 Huntington Ave

Very small and homey, this neighborhood coffee shop is nothing short of adorable with their twinkle light covered ceilings. If you're lucky enough to snag a table by the window, grab a book from their small collection and post up shop for a while.

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Barrington Coffee Roasting Company // 346 Congress Street

Clean, minimalist and funky; this place has good coffee written all over it. The staff is incredibly knowledgable and can help you pick the perfect drink for your taste. If you notice a crazy looking machine behind the counter - that’s a Steampunk. A what? Basically, a fancy coffee machine that will take your drink to the next level.

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Jaho Coffee Roaster & Wine Bar // 665 Washington Street

Um. Coffee roaster AND wine bar. Do I really need to say more?

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4A Coffee // 419 Harvard St, Brookline

Simple and to the point - exactly what a coffee shop should be. I believe they might possibly serve the greatest cappuccino known to man...but the most popular coffee drink they deliver is the mocha, featuring shaved Taza chocolate. So you should probably just get both.

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