Once worked in a building that had a Starbucks built in. Every morning (7am!) for months I would go and try different drinks looking for one that was tolerable. I finally noticed a coffee bean on the opposite side and never looked back! Head to head with ever drink I ever had at starbucks, coffee bean was WAY better. It wasn't just something to wake me up, it was sweet nectar that I would get though out the day because it was GOOD! I live in the south bay now and cry that coffee bean is so far:-( But, I love when I have an excuse to go to san fran so I can get my fix!
i'm sure lots of people will say lots of things are better than starbucks, but this really is. the atmosphere is great and it's a good place to just chill with a book, study, or ppl watch. also, there's a new one on Market St. but it's new and not as good as this one.