Swiss Water Process

Swiss Water Process for Decaffeinating Coffee

swiss water process

Did you know that chemicals are used to make most decaffeinated coffee?  But not ours!  We use something called the Swiss Water Process.  This particular method of decaffeination is different from the rest.  It does not directly or indirectly add chemicals to extract the caffeine. Rather, it relies entirely on two concepts, solubility and osmosis, to decaffeinate coffee beans.  This method is also exclusively used on organic coffee beans.

Swiss Water Process Step 1

The coffee beans first come from the finest growing regions around the world. They clean and hydrate them with pure, local water to prepare them for caffeine removal.  These beans are beginning their journey to becoming amazing decaf coffee.

Swiss Water Process Step 2

Then their Green Coffee Extract (GCE) is introduced to the beans and caffeine removal begins. Caffeine ventures out on its own, away from the coffee beans into the GCE.  This occurs until the ratio of soluble compounds in the GCE to the compounds in the coffee reach the point of equilibrium. Caffeine and GCE flow continuously through carbon filters.  This traps and seperates all the caffeine from the GCE. Then they refresh the GCE and use it again and again to remove more caffeine.

Swiss Water Process Step 3

For the next 10 hours, a team continuously monitors the process and caffeine levels in each batch they are decaffeinating. They monitor time, gauge temperature controls, and check the levels on the GCE flow. The result of all this loving attention to detail is worth it.  It produces 99.9% caffeine-free coffee that still tastes great.

Swiss Water Process Step 4

Lastly,  they ship the decaffeinated green beans to the roasters and the specialty coffee brands like The Human Bean.  The beans now become something special that is ready to brew and enjoy.

swiss water process

You can purchase our decaffeinated coffee online here.  Or just order your favorite espresso drink to be made decaf at the nearest Human Bean location.

Colombia Farm Friendly Project

Colombia Farm Friendly Project is our latest initiative to help improve the quality of life within the communities where our coffee is grown.  The Human Bean is proud of our Farm Friendly Direct program.  This program was created to make a positive difference in our coffee world.  This is done through both socially responsible and direct coffee sourcing.  This sourcing comes straight from the growers.  Additionally we fund many improvement projects in these communities.  These projects provide clean water, solar energy, education and more.  Colombia is the 12th country where we have funded a project like this.

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Coffee farmers in Florencia, Manizales Colombia

Farm Friendly Direct Trade Coffee

Part of the Farm Friendly Program is sourcing our coffee directly from the farmers.  This also involves paying growers a premium for their coffee. 100% of that premium is then going to farm and community projects. This direct purchasing relationship is mutually beneficial both for The Human Bean and the grower. A consistent and constant supply of the highest quality coffee is then guaranteed to The Human Bean.  The growers and their local communities also receive above fair-market pricing.

Family members of local coffee farmers

Colombia Farm Friendly Project

The Colombia Farm Friendly Project consists of building and also repairing septic and sanitary units within coffee growing communities.  This is a three year project.  The goal is to build 55 total new units.  We are currently at 73% progress of our goal.  We are in the process of building four out of six new septic tanks.  21 out of 27 new sanitary units are complete.  Lastly, we have repaired 15 out of 22 sanitary units.  The units provide a quality of life increase for all of the farmers and community members where they are built.

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An example of a new sanitary unit

colombia farm friendly project

Farmer Jose Betancur and his family showing their new sanitary unit

colombia farm friendly project

Producer Luis Soto showing the new sanitary unit at his farm

In addition, we have also done many other projects like the Colombia Farm Friendly project.  These include putting in shade trees in El Salvador, placing water wells in Tanzania and building a “fun pump”  which produces clean water through children playing on a merry go round in Kenya.

Thank You!

While it may not seem like it when you are sipping on delicious mocha, your purchases have helped support us in community projects all over the world.  Providing an ethically sourced cup of coffee is important to us and you as our customers help make this happen!




House Specialty Human Bean Drinks

House Specialty Human Bean drinks are what set us apart from our competitors.  We use our rich espresso to make creative espresso drinks blends that can be made hot, iced or blended.  We use Hershey’s and Giradhelli chocolates.  And we also use high qualtiy flavored syrups to create these customer favorites.  Try them all and you’ll be pleasantly surprised and satisfied.

House Specialty Human Bean drinks

House Specialty Human Bean Drinks

Snowy (White Chocolate Mocha): Our signature specialty drink. Rich white chocolate, milk and our delicious espresso.

Muddy Snowy: A customer favorite specialty drink, double the chocolate. Rich white chocolate, chocolate milk and espresso.

Double Chocolate Mocha: Twice the dark chocolate goodness! Chocolate milk, Hershey’s and espresso will cure your chocolate craving!

Mexi Mocha: Spicy Mexican chocolate, milk and espresso shots. This one is a true winner in our book!

Sugar-free Mexi Mocha: Espresso shots, sugar-free cinnamon syrup, sugar-free chocolate and milk.

Snowy Mexi: White chocolate and Mexican chocolate is amazing! Two chocolates, espresso and milk make this a winner.

Vanilla Mocha: Chocolate milk, vanilla flavor and espresso shots.

Caramel Mocha: Chocolate milk, caramel flavor (or real caramel if you would like!) and espresso shots.

Caramel Hazelnut Mocha: Another one of our signature drinks! Caramel (syrup or sauce), hazelnut, chocolate milk and espresso.

Caramel Macchiato: Vanilla cappuccino with real caramel sauce.

Irish Cream Breve: A customer favorite! Irish cream, Half and Half and espresso shots.

Chocolate Mac Breve: If you haven’t experience our Chocolate Macadamia Nut flavor, you must try this! Rich cream, chocolate mac flavor and espresso shots.

Human Bean’s Newest Locations

Human Bean’s newest locations are located in Arizona, California and Oregon.  Five new locations have opened in the last couple months!  Continuing to grow at this pace is also in the plans for the next year.  Many other states will be opening new Human Bean locations as well.

Human Bean’s Newest Locations in Arizona

Our Tempe, Arizona location celebrated their Grand Opening on January 13th.  You can follow them on Facebook and Instagram @humanbeanphx.  Arizona State University students and Tempe residents are all excited to now have a Human Bean in their neighborhood!

human bean's newest locations

Next our Bullhead City, Arizona location opened on December 29th.  Residents of the area have been asking for a Human Bean location here for years.  Now they are excited to have their wish granted.  You can follow them on Facebook and Instagram @thehumanbeanlakehavasu.

human bean's newest location

Most recently, our Mesa, AZ location opened on January, 25th!  You can follow them on Instagram

human bean's newest locations

Human Bean’s Newest Locations in California

Our Lake Forest, CA location opened on January, 11th.  All of the customer are really impressed with the variety of delicious drinks in this first Human Bean location in the area.!  You can follow them on Facebook at The Human Bean Lake Forest.

human bean's newest locations

Human Bean’s Newest Locations in Oregon

And last but not least, we are just getting ready to open a new location in Keizer, Oregon!  This location has been eagerly anticipated throughout the building process.  Residents of the area are familiar with The Human Bean in Oregon.  They are therefore thrilled to have their own in the area.

Human Bean’s newest locations are all ready to serve you and would love it if you stopped by to say Hi!  We anticipate opening many more locations in 2018, so keep your eyes open for one near you!  You can find a list of all Human Bean locations here.

Frozen Favorite Human Bean Drinks

Frozen Favorite Human Bean drinks include Smoothies, Granitas, Java Chips and Frozen Hot Chocolate too.  If you aren’t sure what all of these drinks are then check out the descriptions below.  Frozen Favorite Human Bean drinks are great on a hot day or also as an afternoon treat!  We use real fruit in our smoothies and Hershey’s chocolate in our Granitas.  You can add flavored syrups to any of these drinks to create something one of a kind as well.

Frozen Favorite Human Bean drinks

Frozen Favorite Human Bean Drinks

Granita: What is a granita? It’s our rich espresso blended to perfection! You can add any flavor your heart desires. Some customer favorites are Hershey’s, chocolate milk, caramel, or snowy.  But the list is endless! Also available: Decaf, decaf mocha, low fat

Real Fruit Smoothie: Fruit pureed to perfection. We have a wide variety of flavors to tempt your taste buds. We can also make your smoothie with dairy alternative or dairy free as well.

Chocolate or Vanilla Smoothie: Blended, creamy vanilla or chocolate smoothie. Add a flavor to make it special!

Chai Smoothie: Our classic Chai blended into rich creaminess!

Mate Smoothie: Mate tea blended with our frappe makes a tasty smoothie.

Frozen Hot Chocolate: Delicious chocolate mix blended into a rich creamy smoothie. This is a crowd pleaser!

Green Tea Smoothie: This might be your new favorite smoothie! Green tea is great hot or iced but have you tried blended into this creamy treat?

Acai Smoothie: The acai berry is not only tasty but good for you too. We serve the acai smoothie dairy free and blended to perfection.

Java Chip: Everyone loves Java Chip! Try it as a smoothie (no espresso) or as a granita (served with shots). We recommend adding peppermint or cherry to give it a kick!

Low Carb: Need a low carb treat? We’ve got you covered. Low carb is served as a smoothie or granita (with espresso shots), pick your flavor of chocolate or vanilla.

Protein: Need a protein boost? We have a delicious vanilla whey protein that can be blended into a smoothie or granita (with espresso shots).

Frozen Favorite Human Bean drinks

Check out our full menu of drinks here.

Discover more types of favorite drinks on our blog!

Little Bean Human Bean Drinks

Little Bean Human Bean drinks keep kids begging to visit us!  We offer them in plastic leak-proof cups with lids and in a perfect 8 oz. child size.  And don’t forget the whip cream on the straw!  That’s the very best part!

Little Bean Human Bean Drinks

 Little Bean Human Bean Drinks

Not So Hot – Hot Chocolate: The richest, creamiest hot chocolate is here at The Human Bean. Want to make it special try adding peppermint or salted caramel. Available in non-fat too!

Flavored Steamer: Your favorite milk (or dairy alternative) steamed to with any delicious flavor.

Italian Soda: Enjoy a hand crafted soda with any flavor you enjoy. Add cream and make it a creamosa.

Real Fruit Smoothie: Fruit pureed to perfection. We have a wide variety of flavors to tempt your taste buds. We can also make your smoothie with dairy alternative or dairy free.

View our full menu of drinks here.

Check out all kinds of favorite Human Bean drinks on our blog!

Human Bean Holiday Gift Guide

Human Bean Holiday Gift Guide

We have the perfect gift for everyone on your list!  Use our Human Bean Holiday Gift Guide to make shopping easy.  Then stop by your nearest Human Bean location today to find a variety of items for all the Human Bean lovers in your life!  Find your nearest location here.

Human Bean Gift Cards

Right now for the month of December we are running our Re-charge campaign.  For every $20 worth of gift cards that you buy, we will give you a free 20 oz. drink!  You can enjoy the drink right then yourself or save the free drink card to give as a gift!  Gift cards make great gifts for teachers, college students, best friends or just about anyone!  We can sell them in any amount you like at any of our Human Bean locations.

Human Bean Holiday Gift Guide

Human Bean Hydro Flasks

We sell Hydro Flasks with our logo on them and a variety of other designs.  These reusable mugs keep cold drinks cold for 24 hours and hot drinks hot for 12 hours.  Plus they are leak proof and durable and come in so many fun colors and sizes!  Stop by your nearest location to see what they have in stock; every location will have something different!  Right now we even have cute limited edition Holiday themed Hydro Flasks!

Human Bean Holiday Gift Guide

Mugs and Cold Cups

We have a variety of other mugs and cold cups as well.  These ceramic mugs are great for drinking your morning coffee or tea at home!  And our insulated cold cups with straw are really popular and come in fun colors too!

Human Bean Holiday Gift Guide

Human Bean Coffee!

Did you know that you can buy the same coffee we brew at all of our locations to drink at home as well?  We sell it in 16 oz. bags or in single serve cups for Kuerig coffee makers.  Ask at your favorite location next time you drive through and share our delicious Human Bean coffee with someone who many not live so close to one of our locations.

Human Bean Holiday Gift Guide

Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans

We saved the best for last!  We know how much you love that chocolate covered espresso bean treat that comes on the lid of your cup!  Did you know you can buy those same beans in bulk?  We sell them by the half pound or pound and they make a surprisingly sweet gift!  Ask your barista to bag some up for you next time you visit!

Human Bean Holiday Gift Guide

We hope our Human Bean Holiday Gift Guide has shown you how super easy holiday gift shopping can be!  If you are going to be making a stop at one of our Human Bean locations any how then you might as well cross some items off your list!

Espresso Human Bean Drinks

Espresso Human Bean drinks are what many people know us for!  We use our rich smooth espresso beans to make a perfect drink for you.  If you don’t have a favorite drink yet then try one of the Espresso Human Bean Drinks below!

Espresso Human Bean drinks

Espresso Human Bean Drink Types

Espresso: Our award winning dark roasted espresso blend is rich and smooth with sweet toffee notes. Farm Friendly beans from Papua New Guinea, Colombia

Café Latte: Espresso shots and steamed milk. Ask out how many shots are in each size… more than most!

Cappuccino: Espresso shot and milk foam. Dry = all foam, Wet = ½ foam and ½ steamed milk

Mocha: Espresso shots and rich, creamy steamed chocolate milk

Sugar Free (SF) Mocha: Espresso shots, sugar free rich chocolate sauce and steamed milk.

Not Fat Mocha: Espresso shots, Hershey’s sauce and steamed milk.

Dairy free Mocha: Espresso shots, Hershey’s sauce and dairy alternatives (Most locations carry soy, coconut and almond milks. More options may be available, please ask your barista.)

Breve: Espresso shot and cream.

Americano: Espresso shots and hot water. If you love espresso this is a must try!

Check out our full menu of drinks here.

And read our blog to discover other types of drinks we make!


Flavors of The Human Bean

Flavors of The Human Bean are endless!  We get asked what flavors of syrup we carry so here’s your answer!  Make sure to check with specific locations to ensure they have your favorite flavor in stock.  And feel free to mix things up!  You can add these flavors to any of the drinks we make for an additional $.25 to make  your own favorite creation.

flavors of The Human Bean

Flavors of The Human Bean:

Please check with your favorite location for specific flavors.

Fruit Smoothie Flavors: Most flavors are available in all locations.
Blueberry Pomegranate, Green Apple, Lemonade, Mano, Peach, Pina Colada, Raspberry, Strawberry Banana, Strawberry

Smith Teas:
Black tea: Brahmin, Lord Bergamot, Exceptional Iced Tea
Green tea: Fez, Mao Feng Shui, Fez Iced Tea
Herbal: Jasmine Silver Tip, White Petal, Big Hibiscus, Meadow, Peppermint, Red Nectar

Syrup Flavors: Each location carries different assortment of flavors, not every flavor is listed.
Almond, Almond Mocha, Almond Roca, Amaretto, B-52, Banana, Back Cherry, Blackberry, Blueberry, Blue Raspberry, Brown Sugar Cinnamon, Butter Rum, Butterscotch, Can Sugar, Caramel, Cheese Cake, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Macadamia Nut, Cinnamon, Coffee, Cookie Dough, Crème de Menthe, Cream de Cacao, Cupcake, English Toffee, French Vanilla, Gingerbread, Grape, Green Apple, Guava, Hawaiian Salted Caramel, Huckleberry, Irish Cream, Kahlua Coffee Liqueur, Kiwi, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Madagascar Vanilla, Mango, Maple, Marion berry, Orange, Passion Fruit, Peach, Peanut Butter, Peppermint, Pineapple, Praline, Pomegranate, Raspberry, Rootbeer, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Strawberry, Tiramisu, Toasted Hazelnut, Toasted Marshmallow, Vanilla, Watermelon, White Chocolate

Sugar Free Flavors: Each location carries different assortment of flavors, not every flavor is listed.
Almond, Caramel, Cherry, Cinnamon, Coconut, English Toffee, French Vanilla, Irish Cream, Lime, Peanut Butter, Peach, Peppermint, Pineapple, Raspberry, Strawberry, Toasted Hazelnut, Toasted Marshmallow, Vanilla, Watermelon, White Chocolate

View our full menu of drinks here.

You can find ideas for flavor combinations and favorite drinks on our blog!

Classic Human Bean Drinks

Classic Human Bean drinks are many people’s favorite items on the menu.  But if you don’t know what they all are, here’s a brief description!  These are the drinks that never disappoint.  We use quality products and take pride in these classic Human Bean drinks!  Our coffee is part of a Farm Friendly Direct program that provides us with premium quality coffee and also supports the communities where it is grown.


Freshly Brewed Coffee:  This is our traditional French Roast dark roast blend.  Clean with a trademark smokiness that is smooth and a customer favorite.  Farm Friendly coffee beans from Brazil and Burundi.

Café Au Lait: Our delicious brewed coffee and steamed milk.


Whole Leaf Tea: Amazing black, green and herbal infused teas imported directly from farmers to Steven Smith Teamakers in Portland, Oregon. Steven Smith Teamakers was founded by world renowned tea maker Steve Smith. Also known for Stash and Tazo teas.

Flavor Infused Iced Tea: Try our Exceptional Black Iced Tea made specifically for a smooth easy to drink tea. Fez Iced Tea combines the flavor of green  tea and peppermint for a great refreshing flavor. We suggest pairing our teas with any of our fruit flavors (available sugar-free too!) or a splash of lemonade or maybe even lavender. Ask your barista for flavor infusion suggestions or refer to our flavor list.

Chai Tea: Oregon Chai Tea is a perfect blend of spices; clove, cardamom, cinnamon and ginger. We also offer sugar-free Chai. Make it a Dirty Chai by adding shots.

Mate Latte: The most popular drink in South America is a smoky mate leaves paired with spices. This drink will give you natural energy, antioxidants and tastes amazing.

Classic Human Bean Drinks

Energy Drinks

Rockstar: We offer a variety of Rockstar flavors. Check with your favorite location for selection choices. We love to help you find your favorite flavor infusions! Enjoy a Rockstar over ice or blended in a smoothie. (Red Bull is available in some areas.)

Classic Human Bean Drinks

Check out our full menu here.

And check out our blog to hear about all the different types of drinks we offer!