West Coast favorite The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf set up shop on Reisterstown Road last year, and there has been a line of caffeine lovers out the front door ever since. This popular chain definitely has its formula down; look for a broad menu that ranges from the standard to the seasonal, with plenty of unexpected flavors along the way.
Rose hazelnut and Japanese houjicha hazelnut tea lattes are the winter specialties, and their nutty, floral aromas are a welcome variation from the same old blended drink. Tea devotees also love The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf for their range of tea varieties that rival the types of coffee drinks you can get, along with decaf, herbal infusions, and flavored cold brews. The Pikesville location is still fresh and new, with clean bathrooms, modern décor, and comfortable seating if you plan to sit a while.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf opens at 6 a.m. on weekdays for the morning commute, and 7 a.m. on the weekend. Make a visit before the winter flavors disappear.