The New York Times has a neat article about the smaller coffee shops – not Starbucks, but those one-offs that, if you’re lucky, you’ll find in your local neighborhood. It goes on to talk about the differences in the drinks (and quality) you’ll find there. My favorite local cafe is The Bean Scene in Sunnyvale – good coffee, good ambiance, though they don’t roast their own beans. For that, the Los Gatos Roasting Company is a fantastic choice, but too far for me to frequent.