The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is a California-based, family-owned chain of coffee shops. Gourmet coffee and special teas are brewed and sold here. Espresso drinks, including cappuccinos and flavored lattes, are also available. The company has expanded its products to include more blended frozen drinks and fruit-based drinks. Customers can sit inside the shop or enjoy the large plaza outside that features a fountain and outdoor fireplace. On Thursdays between 7pm and 11pm, the shop hosts Soapbox Sessions, an open-mic forum for original music, comedy, poetry and spoken word.