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Coffee machine manufacturer Krups announced the nominees for its annual Best Brew Awards, which selects the best coffee shops in the country — as long as they're located in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Atlanta or Washington, D.C. (Sorry, Portland.)

Los Angeles nominees include standbys like Intelligentsia, Groundwork (last year's winner) and Urth Caffe as well as Polly's Gourmet Coffee and relative newcomer Cafe Dulce with their maple macadamia doughnuts. There's also a new twist: The awards are now open to a public vote via Facebook.

For the first time, this year's contest also includes a category for best barista. Coffee-tenders can enter by submitting a video and answering a questionnaire on the contest Facebook page.

Voting for the Krups Best Brew Awards 2012 is open through Feb. 24. Winners will be announced on Monday, Feb. 27.

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