Let's begin with one of our new favorite coffee spots: The Coffee Bean.
Also known as The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, The Coffee Bean is a very well-known and loved establishment. It has a profoundly loyal following. Founded in Southern California in 1963, it remains the oldest and largest privately-held specialty coffee and tea retailer in the United States. It's also become an international icon with 800 stores in 20 countries!
True this may be, but before California the only place I'd seen a Coffee Bean had been in an airport in South Korea. Crazy, right? Starbucks were everywhere, but it wasn't until we made our move back to the US that Coffee Bean's became just as visible.
Our favorite Coffee Bean is located in a beautiful outdoor shopping area in Westlake Village.
Set beneath the shade of numerous trees, you can people watch in comfort while enjoying your coffee. Women in yoga gear often frequent it in the mornings, as do men in their business suits. Pet-owners sit outdoors to enjoy the fresh air with their drinks and treats. Parents & children spend their time with one another over muffins and juices morning, noon, and night.
As a mother, I love being able to go places where my children are welcomed with smiles and cheerful dispositions~especially when my daughter and I are spending some much needed time together.
The Coffee Bean has a more subdued atmosphere than Starbucks, which is great when you want to have an actual conversation. But much like it, they have coffee-free drinks for your children to enjoy. Eldest loves her Pure Chocolate...
and her red velvet. I suppose it's true what they say: you can take a girl out of the South, but you just can't take the South out of a girl!
On our last visit we split a cupcake while sipping our drinks. The entire time we nibbled, laughed, and delighted at the chill in the air. It was a wonderful afternoon.
After our outing and some discussion, we came to this conclusion: what we love most about The Coffee Bean is the warm, welcoming atmosphere. It's very family-friendly. Not only that, but there's something calmer, less chaotic, and more inviting than that of Starbucks. It could be the attention given by the servers, the quality of their product, the warmth of the decor, the set-up and layout of their individual locations...
Perhaps it's all of the above! In the end, I don't suppose it really matters. Any way you look at it, The Coffee Bean is a wonderful place to delight in a cup of coffee, by yourself or with others.
And they've certainly earned two new, loyal patrons.
Thank you for joining us on our inaugural "Meet Me Monday"! I hope you'll share your favorite coffee locales and return next week for our following adventure.
A lovely Monday morning to you all!