A family-run empire of cafe-shops that's been brewing caffeinated beverages since 1963.. In Short Honey-colored oak and leaded glass give a homey touch to this California-based chain of specialty coffeehouses. Commonly referred to as the Bean, this purveyor of high-end blends--from dark roasts to oolongs--built its reputation on the international scope of its seasonal bean offerings (originating from Yemen to Hawaii) and a highly diversified selection of teas. Pastries encourage patrons to sit; espresso makers, French presses and coffee grinders let folks bring it home.
Better than Starbuck's.
I haven't been to this location, but the locales I've checked out offer a better product than Starbucks. They also surpass Starbuck's because they have a toaster for bagles. The one problem, their prices rival the competition (coffee's too damn expensive).