Seattle is java lover’s nirvana ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page The only probelm for a coffee lover in this city is fitting in stops at all the best places. Matt Viser/ Globe Staff In many ways, Seattle is where the coffee explosion that is reverberating across the country first began. Pictured, Broadcast Coffee Roasters. Matt Viser/ Globe Staff In 2010, the Seattle-Tacoma area had 1,646 coffee shops. Matt Viser/ Globe Staff That's 3.5 shops for every 10,000 residents, according to a survey by market research firm NPD Group. Pictured, Storyville Coffee in Pike Place. Matt Viser/ Globe Staff Slate Coffee Roasters served up a four-course coffee flight. Matt Viser/ Globe Staff It’s hard to walk three blocks without coming across a tempting place to grab an espresso. Matt Viser/ Globe Staff By some measures, Seattle has the highest density of coffee shops in the country. Pictured, Espresso Vivace. Matt Viser/ Globe Staff Zeitgeist Coffee is among the top places in Seattle to sit for a cup. Matt Viser/ Globe Staff Espresso Vivace's Caffe Nico, a 4-ounce macchiato with dashes of orange, vanilla, and cinnamon. An orange peel is placed on the saucer.