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.
Great Coffee, Good Atmosphere.
The coffee is always fresh brewed, the cheese danishes are a meal in themselves, and the tuna sandwiches are almost two meals. The outdoor dining area is roomy, a good place to people-watch. And it's just down the street from the E-trade offices.