Human Bean Food Drive 2017

The Human Bean Food Drive was held on Friday, August 25th.  This was our 8th annual event.  Human Bean customers who participated in the one-day event received drink discounts in exchange for food donations.  Also, in Oregon, they received a chance to win Ducks or Beavers football tickets if they donated 3 items or more.

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With the majority of food drives held during the winter months, many local food banks run lowest on food supplies during the summer.  The Human Bean recognizes this need and believes that everyone deserves a nutritious meal, no matter what time of year.  Therefore we choose to run our annual event during the summer months as a way to give back to our local communities when most needed.

Each participating Human Bean location chose a local food bank to support.  In Southern Oregon, food donations went to Access.  In Northern Oregon, food donations went to Oregon Food Bank as well as FISH Emergency Services in Newberg and a local church food bank in Canby.  Between all of the 13 corporate Oregon locations over a thousand pounds of food was donated!

Human Bean Food Drive Results

Kyle Hummel with Oregon Food Bank reported back after the Human Bean Food Drive, “So the grand total was 187 pounds which will allow us to provide 159 meals to the community!  Or help out 159 of our neighbors in need!  Pretty awesome!  I hope you are as proud of those numbers as we are; to be able to support almost 160 people is wonderful!”  This was from only 3 locations in Northern Oregon and yes, we are very proud of these numbers!

The Human Bean has 68 locations in 11 states so you can imagine the cumulative impact we were able to make.

Human Bean Food Drive Football Winners

The winners of the Oregon football tickets were chosen randomly after the drive was completed.  Donors who entered were able to specify which team tickets they would like to win.  Carol Snider of Eugene won tickets to the Beavers vs. Stanford game and Kristin Davidson of Grants Pass won tickets to the Ducks vs. Arizona Wildcats game.  Congratulations to them both!

Back to School with The Human Bean

Back to School with the Human Bean makes everything better!  It’s that time of year when summer is coming to an end and days are getting shorter.  Plus we all need to get back to school and our routines.  The Human Bean can  help with that in many ways!  We love to be the smiling friendly face that greets you on your way to school, at lunch or as an after school treat too!  Here are some of the ways you can get Back to School with the Human Bean!

Morning Commute

Mornings can be tough when school starts up again.  It can be a hassle to get lunches packed, kids dressed and everyone out the door in time too.  The Human Bean is open early and waiting for you with some caffeinated relief every morning!  And we’re quick as well!  So you have time to stop with just minutes to spare!

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ReCharge Cards for College Kids

We have lots of parents who like to give their college kids who are away at school a special Human Bean treat!  Something to help them power through their school week and exams.  You can buy a gift card and preload any amount on to it for kids to use at our locations across the country!  Many parents recharge amounts on to these cards on a regular basis all school year long.  You can do this online or over the phone.  This can be a great gift or just a special way to let your big kids know you are thinking of them always.

back to school with The Human Bean

Little Beans

And then there are those kids that are just not old enough for school yet.  They may be hanging out with their parents for the day and would love a special trip through the Human Bean Drive Thru for a Little Bean smoothie, steamer or not-so-hot chocolate.  We have something for every kid of every age!

back to school with the Human Bean

Cold Brew – What exactly is it?

Cold Brew is quite the buzz word these days.  You’ve probably tried it.  And if you have, you probably love it.  But what exactly is it?  And  how is it made?  Here’s everything you need to know about Cold Brew!

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It’s Brewed in Cold Water

Hence the name.  Cold brew coffee is actually steeped in room temperature or chilled water and never touches hot water.  This causes a much slower flavor extraction which contributes to the smooth flavor of cold brew coffee.

It Takes at Least 12 Hours to Make

Cold brew coffee is made by steeping coarse ground coffee in large paper coffee filters in water for 12-18 hours and then diluted to taste with water.  We make fresh batches over night so they are ready to be served each morning!

It’s HandCrafted

You won’t find our cold brew in a can.  It’s handcrafted by our own baristas to ensure it’s fresh!  That’s why there is limited availability based on what we make each day.  Come get it while it’s hot!  Errr….cold, we mean.

It’s not the same as Iced Coffee

Iced coffee is essentially normally brewed coffee that is chilled and then poured over ice.  It still has the same flavor as hot coffee and might taste more acidic or even bitter compared to cold brew coffee.

Cold Brew can be Customized

You can add flavored syrups or chocolate or caramel to cold brew.  It’s rich smooth flavor tastes great with vanilla, coconut or hazelnut flavors.  You can also add dairy or dairy alternatives if you prefer!

So now that you know what it is, then you have no reason not to try it!   You’ll be pleasantly surprised.  Stop by one of our many locations today!  We think you’ll have a new favorite craving!

Human Bean Road Trip Tips

Human Bean Road Trip Tips for  you to check out now that summer vacation season is here!  We have 68 locations in 11 states so you are sure to find a convenient drive-thru coffee location wherever you may be going!  Here are some of our best travel tips to keep you hydrated and energized while on your summer road trip!

Human Bean Road Trip Tip #1

Hit the road early to beat the heat and the traffic.  And don’t worry about where you will get your coffee to wake you up for the day ahead.  We open conveniently at 5am in most all locations and are ready to serve you early with a smile!

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Human Bean Road Trip Tip #2

Stay hydrated. The Human Bean has all kinds of refreshing beverages to keep you hydrated on a long road trip.  Try our Rockstar energy drinks or our Iced Teas. You can add a splash of flavor of your choice to either!  Plus you can purchase one of our logo Tumblers or Hydroflasks to keep them cold for hours if you plan to drink them later!

Human Bean  Road Trip Tip #3

Stay safe. It’s been proved that driving while drowsy can be dangerous!  But a quick stop at a Human Bean drive thru for a little pick-me-up can be just what you need to perk up and stay alert to get to your destination!  We have so many menu options from cold brew coffee to frozen granitas that will be just the caffeine kick you need!

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Human Bean Road Trip Tip #4

Explore new places. Craving a little Human Bean but far away from home?  There’s a good chance there’s a Human Bean location nearby that you must visit! All of our owners and employees are awesome!  Plus every location has it’s own personality so do your best to visit them all when you are in the area!  Remember that we are open late until 9pm at most locations too!

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Human Bean Road Trip Tip #5

Have fun! The most important thing to do on a road trip is to have fun!  Our baristas will be sure to recommend a fun new drink and some friendly conversation on every trip through the Human Bean.  We have fun doing our job and love to share that with you!

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Human Bean Menu Choices for Everyone

There are Human Bean Menu choices for everyone!  Have you ever taken a look at all of the choices we have?

Espresso & House Specialty Human Bean Menu Choices

Are  you the type of person that  appreciates gourmet espresso as well as specialty espresso drinks?  Then this is the menu for you!  We make a variety of classic espresso drinks such as cappuccinos, lattes, breves, mochas and Americanos.  There are also a lot of flavored riffs on these classic drinks and you can add one of our extensive flavored syrups to any of them!  Order them iced or blended to mix things up or with dairy alternatives!  And be sure to check out our brand new handcrafted Cold Brew!

Human Bean Menu Choices

Classic Human Bean Menu Choices

But let’s not over look our classic coffee drinker that just really appreciates a good cup of coffee.  Our coffee is direct trade sourced and delicious as well!  We have a Farm Friendly Direct trade program that benefits the communities where our coffee is grown.  Not a coffee drinker at all?  We also sell Steven Smith Teamaker teas that come in a variety of blends and can be served hot or iced.

Human Bean Menu Choices

Frozen Favorite Human Bean Menu Choices

Have you ever had a Human Bean smoothie?  They are delicious and also made from real fruit!  They come in so many flavor combinations that you are sure to find one that you love!  We also serve our signature Granita which is a frozen blend of coffee and java chips.  And we have Rockstar energy drinks that can be blended frozen or have syrup added to them!  Something else to try is an Italian Soda.  And we can top all of these frozen favorites with whip cream!

Human Bean Menu Choices

Little Bean Human Bean Menu Choices

Let’s not forget about our Little Beans!  We have Human Bean Menu Choices for the kids too!  They love our not-so-hot Hot Chocolates and our fruit smoothies come in 8 ounce sizes for them as well.  You can also have them try a flavored steamer which is steamed milk and syrup of choice or an Italian soda!

Human Bean Menu Choices

Visit our menu page on our website to decide what to order before you visit!  If you have a large group order, you can even fill out an Order Form and fax it in ahead of time and we will have your order ready for you when you drive through!  We just know that out of all of our Human Bean Menu Choices there is something that everyone will love!

 

Human Bean Pick of the Week

The Human Bean Pick of the Week has been a lot of fun to follow from @mekela_rae_dio on Instagram!  Mekela chooses a different Human Bean barista as her Pick of the Week every week!  She also offers a chance to win a Human Bean gift card each week when you try their favorite drinks!  Read about previous Picks below and follow along for your own chance to win here!

Meet the Human Bean Baristas – Picks of the Week!

Kayla

mekela_rae_dioThis gorgeous Human Bean Barista is Kayla, also affectionally known as “KZ!” She is smart, fun and very witty. Swing by to see her at the Rossanley stand and try her favorite HB beverage, an iced extra, extra, sweet Peppermint Mocha with Madagascar Vanilla added to it AND cut with 1/2 N’ 1/2 for all its added glory! 💥
Kayla is working full time while going to school to pursue a career in business just like her mama who she looks up to constantly. She says that her mom is her everything and has been her life’s inspiration! ❤️
Kayla’s manager says that she is a non-stop good time, great worker and if you aren’t careful she will make you laugh harder than you’ve ever laughed before! 😆 Her big beautiful smile will brighten your entire year! ☀️☀️☀️

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Barista Kayla

Courtney

mekela_rae_dioThis stunning lady is Courtney my #humanbeanpickoftheweek!!💖 You can find her at the Stewart location! She loves making herself Snowy Americanos (a widely popular drink among HB baristas). Her favorite past time is playing sand volleyball, and if she could only listen to one song over and over again, it would be ‘Evelyn’ by Gregory Alan Isakov. Courtney is in school and on her way to becoming a teacher which she will be great at because of how fun and upbeat she is! 🍎😄♥️Courtney’s manager says she is a triple threat kind of gal…brains, beauty and personality! What more could you ask for in an amazing employee?!

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Barista Courtney

Rylee

mekela_rae_dioWelcome Miss Rylee! 👋 She is one of the newest members to the HB crew, although you wouldn’t have guessed it by the way she fits in so well and gets along perfectly with everyone! She is a shining star! 🌟 Rylee currently floats between the Biddle and Rossanley stands where she whips up her favorite drink, a Frozen Hot Chocolate! (YUM!) She is fun, peppy, and always ready for a good time and Mexican food! Rylee’s manager says she constantly works hard and helps out when needed. She is very flexible and level headed. Rylee says if she had to choose an animal to be, she would be a sloth because they get to sleep all day. 😴😴

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Barista Rylee

Jackie

mekela_rae_dio It’s time for another @thehumanbeancoffee giveaway!!🎉 Head over to the Barnett stand and introduce yourself to Jackie! She will even make you her favorite drink, the green tea smoothie with peppermint! Jackie works and goes to school full time. Her dream is to become a lawyer, have two kids and a pool in the backyard…not necessarily in that order.😉 She is a fun loving, intelligent lady who always makes for a good time working with her. Her manager is beyond thrilled to have her as a part of the HB team and thankful for her flexibility, honesty and accountability! Jackie is everything a perfect employee is made of. ❤️❤️ Comment here for your chance to win a $10 Human Bean coffee card and don’t be a stranger, drive through The Human Bean!!

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Barista Jackie

Lindsey

mekela_rae_dio This ray of sunshine is Lindsey, my Human Bean Pick of the Week! ☀ You can normally find her at the Rossanley Dr. location! She is a mama to two cute boys, wife to Andy and merch girl/roadie/biggest fan of The Fret Drifters! Lindsey’s favorite color is rainbow and that just fits her perfectly because her manager says that she is ALWAYS happy and makes anyone she works with feel so welcome and amazing! Lindsey says that making strangers smile is her life goal! 😄🙌 Drive through to try her favorite summer drink, the Iced Fez tea with honey!

Lindsey Barista Pick of the Week

Barista Lindsey

Amber

mekela_rae_dio Say hello to Amber, one of the coolest gals in town and my Human Bean Pick of the Week! ✌She slings java on the daily at the Barnett location AND works full time as a teacher’s assistant! She has BIG summer plans-EUROPE!! 🙀😻 Even though she will be done working in June, her manager is hoping and praying she returns in September because Amber is such a hard working, positive person and is a joy to be around!

She loves the HB’s iced coffee with Mexi powder and cream!  I can add, it’s SO GOOD!! Drive through and try it AND comment here for a chance to win a $10 @thehumanbeancoffee card!! 💖 An iced coffee sounds perfect on a day like today, doesn’t it?!! If you’d like to win a $10 @thehumanbeancoffee card, comment here for your chance! Happy Memorial Weekend!!

Amber Barista Pick of the Week

Barista Amber

Nicole

mekela_rae_dio Happy Saturday!! Say hey to Nicole! 👋You can find my Human Bean Pick of the Week at the Stewart location mostly and occasionally she hangs around the Biddle stand too! ⭐️She is a bright, shining star and always does what the team needs! She currently goes to Cosmetology school full time while slinging java full time! 🙌 Nicole is dedicated, smart and oh so sweet! Her favorite beverage is an extra strong  americano with real caramel and almond milk.

All her managers comment on how much they love working with her and her continuous drive to always be better and learn more. Everyone who meets her can’t help but love her! Swing by one of the two locations to catch Nicole and get your HB fix!! Now’s your chance to win a $10 @thehumanbeancoffee card!! All you have to do is comment!! Cheers!! 🌷🌸🌷

Nicole Barista Pick of the Week

Barista Nicole

Megan

mekela_rae_dio It’s the weekend and this is Megan, my Human Bean Pick of the Week!! 💖 She hangs around the Biddle location if you’re thirsty and wanna say hi!! Try out her favorite beverage, the Iced Snowy (I love this drink too)! Megan is in high school and is currently working towards becoming a teacher. She loves Reese’s and South Umpqua River. ☀☀

Megan’s manager says she loves her sweet demeanor and attitude. She is constantly willing to help and works so hard each and every day. She is kind to everyone and her sweet smile can make anyone’s day! 😄Comment for your chance to win a $10 @thehumanbeancoffee card and drive through to try Megan’s fave!! 🚙☀😎

Megan Barista Pick of the Week

Barista Megan

Devin

mekela_rae_dio Say ‘Hey’ to Devin, my Human Bean Pick of the Week! 👋 She is usually found at the Bear Creek stand but pops up around town ’cause she is always so willing to help out! ❤Her favorite drink is a Black Americano. She says her spirit animal is a peacock because they are beautiful, obnoxious, and can be a little aggressive! (If you’ve seen one in person, you get it!)

Devin’s manager says she is like a Sour Patch Kid, a little sweet and sour. Whether she is jumping out from behind boxes to scare co-workers or making everyone laugh until they cry, she is always bringing good vibes! There is no better way to start your day than with a double dose of Devin! ☀Drive through any @thehumanbeancoffee location and see if Devin will jump out at you with your fave drink in hand! 😜 -And- comment here if you want a chance to win a $10 #HB coffee card!! ❤❤

Devin Barista Pick of the Week

Barista Devin

Maddie

mekela_rae_dio Hey hey! This is Maddie, my Human Bean Pick Of The Week! Her favorite drink is the iced snowy americano with chocolate macadamia and cream. She has always wanted to be a nurse and is currently going to school for it! Her manager says, “Maddie is such a strong and dedicated worker, without her I wouldn’t have grown a love for sun kissed skin or have met my OCD sister!” Drive thru to try Maddie’s favorite and comment here for a chance to win a $10 @thehumanbeancoffee card!!

Maddie Barista Pick of the Week

Barista Maddie

Meet Mekela!

mekela_rae_dio*Giveaway!* I scream, you scream, we all scream for @thehumanbeancoffee!! I have a $10 coffee card I’m giving away! My friends and family, this is a new way of sharing a place that is so near and dear to my heart! Let me hear from you if you want it! Watch for my weekly giveaways! 🎉

Fun fact: I started working at The Human Bean when I was 18 for over the course of 10 years. I got to meet some really incredible people and learned some rock steady life skills. I owe a lot to them for helping mold me into who I am today. ❤🖤

Mekela Radio Pick of the Week

Mekela

Human Bean Gifts | Teachers & Grads

Human Bean Gifts are always a good idea for the teachers and graduates in your life!  These busy people need lots of coffee and refreshments!  The Human Bean will help make it through tough study sessions or through grading piles of papers!  It’s that time of year when school is almost out!  Now we all want to show them a little appreciation for their hard work!  Here are a few ideas for Human Bean gifts!

Human Bean Gifts

  1. Gift Cards – These are the perfect gift for anyone really.   You can load a gift card with any dollar amount you would like.  And then the recipient is able to buy any drink or online merchandise they like with it!  You can purchase a gift card at any Human Bean location or also online here.  You are also able to re-load a balance to the card whenever you like which is great for college students that may live away from home! human bean gift card
  2. Hydroflasks with Human Bean logo – Hydroflasks are the perfect gift!  They come in many sizes and colors and they keep drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12!  Plus they are super durable and last forever!  You can find an assortment of Hydroflasks at your favorite Human Bean location when you pick up your next drink or you can buy them online here!hydroflasks
  3. Coffee pods – Did you know that we sell our coffee in single-serve pods that can be used in any Kuerig compatible machine?  Perfect for the Human Bean lover who would prefer to make their coffee at home or even in the teacher’s lounge or student center!  You can buy a box of 12 at the nearest Human Bean location or online here! French single serve pods
  4. Human Bean Gear – We always have an assortment of t-shirts, hats, and decals in our online store for sale for the Human Bean lover in your life!  They can wear them proudly while they sip their favorite Human Bean drink! human bean gear

We hope that one of these ideas is the perfect thing for the teachers or grads in your life!  We personally don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want Human Bean gifts!

Drive Thru Coffee – 7 Reasons why we love it!

Drive Thru Coffee is one of those inventions we wonder why no one ever thought of any earlier!  We love it’s convenience and speed in our on-the go lifestyles.  It has become a part of our daily routine.  Plus it’s one of the best parts of our day!  Here are 7 reasons why we love our Drive Thru Coffee from the Human Bean!

1) Drive Thru Coffee is Fast

The speed at which we can get that steaming cup of mocha or refreshing fruit smoothie in our hands is the number one reason we love Drive Thru Coffee.  There is no waiting around for your name to be called or looking for a place to sit.  The Human Bean has a large variety of drinks and they are all also made really fast!  With most locations having double sided drive thru windows they are also built for speed and efficiency.

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2) Drive Thru Coffee is Friendly

The smiling barista handing our Human Bean drink to us makes our day!  They are always friendly and know their regular customers by name.  If you visit often enough they probably even remember your drink order!  It might be a quick exchange but the excellent customer experience is part of why we come back over and over again.

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3) Drive Thru Coffee is Kid Approved

Moms and Dads know how hard it is to get small kids in and out of the car just to grab a quick cup of coffee!  Drive Thru Coffee seems to be made for them!  Tired parents can grab the quick pick-me-up they need without the unloading and reloading.  Plus the Human Bean has a full menu of Little Bean drinks like not-so-hot chocolate and fruit smoothies in spill-proof 8 ounce plastic cups that kids love!  Therefore parents love them too!

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4) Drive Thru Coffee is Dog Approved

Where else than a Drive Thru Coffee stand can your pup visit too?  And they also receive a treat of their own while they are there!  The Human Bean loves our furry customers coming thru our drive thru windows to cheer us up.  We’ll always be ready with a dog bone or maybe even a whipped treat!

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5) No need to dress up when getting Drive Thru Coffee

Worried about who you might run into at the local coffee shop and how you look?  That is not a problem at a Drive Thru Coffee stand!  You get to stay in your car and you know your friendly barista doesn’t care!  Roll on through a Human Bean drive through after a long day of work, as soon as you wake up or for a post-work out pick me up with no worries.

6) No need to find parking when getting Drive Thru Coffee

Do you live in a busy city where parking is always a headache?  What to do when you just really need that cup of coffee?  A Drive Thru Coffee location is the perfect solution!  Human Bean has 68 locations across the country in 11 different states.  Find your nearest location and skip worrying about parking!

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7) There is always time for Drive Thru Coffee!

No matter how much of a hurry you are in and no matter where you are at there is always time for a quick stop.  Visit a Human Bean location today and we guarantee we’ll make it worth your while!  Plus we bet you’ll look forward to coming back!

Human Bean Ranked #2 as National Coffee Franchise

The Human Bean was ranked as the No. 2 national coffee franchise behind Dunkin’ Donuts in the specialty coffee world according to Entrepreneur magazine.  This was on it’s 38th annual Top 500 franchiser list.  Overall, the Human Bean ranked #157 out of all franchise types.  A recent article in the Medford Mail Tribune details the history and rapid growth of the popular drive-thru coffee franchise on a national level.

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The Human Bean’s first drive-thru coffee franchise location was in Ashland, Oregon in 1998.  Nowadays, the drive-thru coffee market in Oregon is saturated with little margin for growth.  In a five-mile radius here there are about 45 drive-thru coffee locations where as in other locations, like Reno NV, there are only about six.  Also in many states there is no such thing as drive-thru coffee locations.  Therefore there is plenty of room for growth for the Human Bean as a national coffee franchise!

National Coffee Franchise Growth

Currently the Human Bean is in 11 states with 68 locations and sales are about $45 million annually.  At last count, Human Bean grinds about 400,000 pounds of coffee and espresso each year.  The Human Bean anticipates a total of 85 locations by the end of 2017.  There are several new locations opening every month with their two newest in Nampa, ID and Odessa, TX.  The goal by the end of next year is to have a total of 100 locations nation-wide.

The initial franchise investment runs between $174,000 and $669,000.  The Human Bean recently sold a nine-store market in the Phoenix, AZ area with the first one going in to Mesa.  Sacramento, CA and new locations in Colorado, Idaho, Texas are also in the works.

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There are currently 10 people in the Medford Corporate office handling administration, equipment support, vendor support and marketing.  Overall, the Corporate company has 160 employees.

In addition to being a growing company, the Human Bean is also a humanitarian company.  They have a direct coffee sourcing program called Farm Friendly Direct.  Beans are sourced from Africa, Latin America, or Asia and they have long standing relationships with their growers.  They are currently helping coffee farmers in Colombia develop their own clean drinking water wells.

Click here to learn more about this rapidly growing national coffee franchise and franchise opportunities.

Human Bean Outdoors in all Activities!

We love to enjoy our Human Bean outdoors in nature!  There are lots of places to hike, bike, camp and explore by our many Human Bean Locations.  And there are also just as many ways to take our Human Bean to-go and enjoy it outdoors!

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Camping with the Human Bean Outdoors

Did you know that we sell our popular Human Bean coffee beans to go for you to grind and brew at home?  Well you can take this same coffee on a camping trip and brew it on your camp stove to also enjoy your Human Bean outdoors!   Our gourmet coffee tastes even better in the beauty of the nature!

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Day Trips with the Human Bean Outdoors

Heading out for a day in nature to play in the snow or hang at the lake?  You can still enjoy your favorite Human Bean outdoors!  Pick up a to-go box of your favorite hot drink.  You can choose from coffee, espresso or hot chocolate.  The box keeps beverages hot for hours!  And they will also serve up to 16 8 oz. cups if you are hanging with a group!

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Hiking, Biking, Boating, and Playing with Human Bean Outdoors

The easiest way to always enjoy your favorite Human Bean outdoors is to buy one of our popular Hydroflasks.  They come in tons of colors so you can also choose your favorite!  They keep hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours.  Additionally they keep cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours!  They come in all kinds of sizes from 12 oz. to growler size!  And your barista can fill it up with any drink on our menu!

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human bean outdoors

So what’s to stop you?  Since Human Bean beverages are so portable therefore you now have a good reason to get out there and play today!  Make sure to stop by your favorite Human Bean location first to get your Human Bean fix while on  your way!