Category Archives: Coffee & Espresso

Start your espresso exploration and expand your coffee horizon with us. With many different origins, blends and roasts to choose from, a bean as unique as you are is waiting to be discovered.

Two new Human Bean Locations to open and be the first in their states of Ohio & Texas!

We are so excited we are able to continue growing and adding to the Human Bean family with new locations opening all over the US every month this year! Our newest drive-thru coffee franchise locations will be located in Canton, Ohio and Odessa, Texas.

New Location to open in Canton, Ohio on March, 7th!

Partners in this location are Southern Oregon Owners, Moni Peterson & Dr. Mark Peterson along with Moni’s brother, Ron Watson, who lives in Canton. Ron says they had been brainstorming on a franchise company to open in Southern Oregon for years but nothing had proved to be that appealing. One day on his annual summer visit to the Rogue Valley they were sitting outside a Human Bean drive-thru coffee location talking while drinking their Human Bean coffee and it dawned on them that maybe it would be a good idea to instead open a franchise in Canton, Ohio and be the first to bring the Human Bean brand to the state. It turned out Dr. Mark Peterson had gone to school with one of the founders of Human Bean and after getting in touch and learning more about the franchise, and meeting the other owners, the rest is history!
Choosing the location proved to be just as effortless. A small green square of land in the middle of a popular shopping Plaza had just been listed and met all the criteria. Ron thinks it will be a great location because of all the traffic. There are 3 entrances/exits, 1 with a traffic light, it is less than 1 mile from the Expressway and 24,000 cars pass by this location every day. Inside the Plaza is one of the most active Planet Fitness locations in Ohio, as well as a Sky Zone Jump center and many other attractions.
Ron has a background in Sales & Marketing & Graphic Art which will prove to be an asset in running a Human Bean franchise location. They have plans to open 2 or 3 or maybe even more locations in the area in the near future. Currently, they are looking at a location in Alliance, about 15 miles away and also have their eyes on a couple of locations in North Canton about 5 miles away.
Ron says the process of working with the Human Bean to open his first franchise has been great. “A potential franchise owner called me for a referral the other day and I had nothing but good things to say,” he says.
New Location to open in Odessa, Texas in April


Owner Maurice Torano sums it up perfectly by saying, “At Human Bean, it’s about the customer – it’s that simple and appealing!” Maurice says he always admired the Human Bean, but didn’t really know much about them. Upon learning more, he says, “Human Bean matches my style and values so much better than the other franchises.” He finds this to be the main difference that sets the Human Bean apart, “The customer service ethos is unmatched! It’s not about how to order, how to pronounce something, how cool the barista is or how urbane and up-to-the second their image is, it’s about the customer.”
Maurice’s background is in commercial and real estate development in and around Southern Oregon and Northern California. When the real-estate market was hit in 2007, he found his way to North Dakota and re-invented himself in the oil and gas world, managing large scale projects for two major oil and gas service companies, eventually landing in West Texas. Upon moving to Midland-Odessa in late 2012 he immediately noticed there were only 2-3 Starbucks for a population of over 300,000 people and saw the need for a drive-thru coffee franchise like the Human Bean.
Maurice is looking to open his first franchise location in Odessa on East University Boulevard, in early April. He plans to open additional locations in Midland and Odessa before years end.
At the Human Bean we are thrilled to introduce ourselves to the states of Ohio and Texas! To learn more about becoming a franchise owner and bringing the Human Bean to your area, visit our website at: https://thehumanbean.com/franchise/

What’s the Big Deal about “Single Origin” Coffee Anyhow?

Single-origin coffee is coffee grown within a single known geographic origin. Sometimes this is a single farm, or a specific collection of beans from a single country. The name of the coffee is then usually the place it was grown to the narrowest degree available.

What sets a single origin coffee bean apart from the rest of the blends is that the coffee was very likely grown in specific conditions, such as Estate grown (also referred to as a Micro-Lot or Single Farm) and should have specific regional characteristics. Similar to wine grapes, many factors contribute to the taste of a single origin coffee: the soil it’s grown in, the altitude of the farm, the farming method used, the varietal of coffee tree, climate conditions, etc. Compared to a blend, a single origin coffee should be more true to its origin and the type of coffee bean and show flavor nuances characteristic of where it was grown.

Coffee Farmer on his Coffee Farm in Papua New Guinea

But, that does not mean that all coffee labeled single origin is created equal. Is it a single farm, single region or single country they are referring to? This can make a big difference when the country is the size of Brazil and it could be a blend of many types of coffee from many different farms spread across different regions within the country versus grown by the same farmers and the same coffee trees in the same spot year after year. Therefore there is large definition and difference of opinion on what “single-origin” actually encompasses.

Here at the Human Bean, if we label one of our coffee beans as single origin, it means it was grown in one region at one farm and most likely by a long standing coffee farmer that we have traveled to meet and have tasted the coffee and appreciated the flavors of their region and farm. As part of our Farm Friendly Direct program we aim to support individual coffee growers and communities and want to be as socially responsible and honest in our coffee labeling as possible. We have several single origin blends you can purchase online from a variety of countries including: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Papa New Guinea, Mexico & Honduras at https://thehumanbean.com/single-origin/ and we would love to tell you the story of where they were grown and what they each taste like although that is something you should experience for yourself!

Turning coffee beans for drying purposes on a Human Bean visit to Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Floral, Fruity, Balanced – This coffee begins with sweet floral aromas with subtle undertones of pipe tobacco. A medium body containing notes of sweet cocoa and graham crackers. The quick finish is a perfect expression of this great example of Costa Rican coffees. Grown in the Naranjo region in the West Valley of Costa Rica between 4000 – 5200 feet.
Guatemala: Nutty, Smooth, Complex – Direct from the Finca El Paternal farm, this delicious single origin coffee begins with the fruity aroma of cherries and apples, with just a mild hint of vanilla. The well balanced flavor combines a full body with sweet undertones of chocolate. Finishing with a smooth creamy taste, this coffee may just become your new favorite. Featured on Morning Edition on NPR! Grown in the Huehuetenago region of Western Guatemala
Papua New Guinea: Full, Citrus, & Lively Flavors – Delicious creamy body with stone, fruit and spice on the nose and apricot and pineapple flavors with mild acidity. Persimmon and cherry sweetness perfectly balanced with a mild earthiness. These beautiful green beans are grown and delicately harvested in Papua New Guinea’s Western Highland at altitudes of 1600-1800 meters.
Mexico: Even, Spicy, Rousing – This is a very well balanced Organic Mexican coffee. Starting with a spiced honey aroma, this coffee tastes of chocolate and light citrus with a smooth. A velvety body and a creamy finish makes this organic coffee really something special. From the Mixteca Alta del Pacifico Co-op in the Oaxaca region, Available in limited quantities while supplies last. Grown at 4000 – 5200 feet.
Honduras: Luscious, Caramel, Delicate – This well balanced organic coffee combines floral hints with brown sugar and caramel, and finishes with a hint of coffee pulp. Grown in the Copan region in western Honduras. While this is often a blend base, this one totally stands alone.

Sneak Preview’s Best of Medford Poll votes the Human Bean Favorite Place to get Coffee & Favorite Barista of Medford!!!

We are so proud and grateful that the people of Medford have spoken and voted the Human Bean as their Favorite Place to get Coffee in Medford AND also gave the Favorite Barista award to our very own, Justine. The Sneak Preview has been conducting the very popular Best of Medford poll for years now and we all look forward to it each year for the recommendations on best places to do business and where to eat and drink within our local community.
The Sneak Preview is one print publication that locals look forward to reading! This upbeat & lively publication has been resting on coffee tables for over 26 years…with a circulation of nearly 100,000 copies a month, the Sneak Preview has a very large voice in our community and we are thrilled that their readers have voted for the Human Bean!
Let us tell you a little bit about Justine, voted Favorite Barista in Medford. She has worked for the Human Bean for 6 years and is currently the Manager of the Rossanley location. Justine grew up in the Rogue Valley and enjoys the outdoors by hiking, rock climbing and doing yoga in her free time. When asked what her favorite part of the job is she says, “The customers, the girls, the coffee! It’s fun to work here; we get to make coffee and talk to people all day and there isn’t anything better than that!” We are so happy to have her as part of our Human Bean team!

And in case you don’t know
here is just a little bit about The Human Bean.
With a passion for creating happy people and our love of coffee, we opened our first drive-thru espresso stand in Ashland Oregon in 1998. The demand for convenient, quality coffee & espresso grew and soon after opening our original location in Ashland, we expanded to surrounding cities in Southern Oregon. The Human Bean quickly established a reputation for having friendly and experienced baristas (just like Justine!) and offering the highest quality ingredients.
Our commitment to developing the best drive-thru espresso led us to franchising The Human Bean’s brand and system in 2002. We are proud to announce that The Human Bean has expanded to 65 locations in nine states. We expect to continue this growth through approved franchisees that share the same determination and commitment to our goals for this exceptional brand.

Come visit one of our many locations in the Rogue Valley today to see for your selves what everyone is talking about! We have a full menu of espresso drinks, smoothies, RockStars, and more with monthly specials to look forward to and punch cards to earn free drinks! We thank all of you for your business and look forward to continuing to serve you quality coffee with a smile! www.thehumanbean.com

7 Things that The Human Bean is Looking Forward to in 2017!

It’s a new year and we all have plenty to look forward to including new and improved selves and fresh new experiences. The Human Bean would love to be a part of your journey this year and we have plenty to be excited about as we look forward to the next 12 months!
1. This month – We are growing! New Locations may be coming to a place near you! We are expecting to open 20 new drive-thru coffee franchise locations this year, with the first two to open this month in Canton, Ohio and Odessa, Texas! Fingers crossed that the next location will be coming to a place near you!
2. Early spring – The Human Bean will have its very own App! Now it will be even faster to pull through any Human Bean drive thru coffee franchise location and order your favorite drink! You will be able to track your rewards and pay with our App! Stay tuned for the release this spring and be one of the first to download your new favorite App!
3. Every Month – We have new flavor combinations to debut every month as our Monthly Specials! We’re excited about all of the creative and exotic flavor combinations out there and strive to bring something new to your taste buds every month of the year! Plus we can customize our drinks to your taste buds upon request!

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4. Earth Day in April & Farm Friendly Direct Program! – Not only do we give away free re-usable shopping bags to all of our customers on April, 22nd, we also celebrate all the earth-friendly things The Human Bean does! All of our coffee is part of our Farm Friendly Direct program that helps global coffee farming communities. In past years we’ve helped coffee farmers in other countries come up with more sustainable and environmentally ways to farm and use land and water for their coffee crops and will continue to find opportunities to do more in 2017!

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5. Country Crossings Music Festival in July! – The Human Bean is one of the sponsors of this 4 day national Country Music Festival that is going to be held in Jackson County, Oregon this year and it’s going to be awesome! Headliners Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton and Jake Owen plus Human Bean to fuel the event! www.cxfest.com . Time to get your boots ready and to buy your tickets!

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6. Coffee for A Cure in October! – Last year in 2016 we raised over $1,000,000 ($1,055,044.27 to be exact) to support local breast cancer organizations and we can’t wait to blow that number out of the water with all of your loyal support and Coffee for A Cure donations in 2017!
7. New faces & Loyal Customers! – We love meeting all of our Human Bean customers and especially look forward to making friends with those that frequent our locations often enough to know them by name and have their drink order ready when they pull up to the window. We look forward to seeing all of our returning customers in the coming year as well as to meeting all of our new customers trying The Human Bean for the very first time!
These are only a sample of all the things The Human Bean has going on throughout the year! Follow our social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to get all the details on what’s going on in your local area!

Another New Location Opens in Lake Havasu, AZ – The Human Bean shows no Signs of Slowing Down!

Coffee consumption continues to grow, but this is not the black drip coffee of the past! One third of the population drinks a gourmet coffee or espresso beverage each day and drive-thru options only continue to grow in popularity due to our fast paced and on-the-go lifestyles. Although in a hurry, consumers are not willing to sacrifice quality for convenience which makes The Human Bean’s award winning Farm-Friendly Direct coffee and high quality products the perfect combination.
Headquartered in Oregon, The Human Bean has opened six new coffee franchises in the past six months in five different states (Missouri, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado & Arizona). The latest of which was the third location to open in the Lake Havasu area November, 14th. This location brought the total Human Bean count to 64.havasu-pic
Brian & Juls Baumkirchner, owners of all three Havasu locations, said they came into the role of Human Bean Franchisee when they took over the first location at 633 North Lake Havasu Avenue in 2007. The Baumkirchners saw the potential for this location to be the bustling coffee drive-thru destination that it is today. Their other two locations are on South McCulloch and now North Palo Verde on Highway 95. Between the three locations they are able to provide employment for 30 employees plus 1 handyman, 1 machine maintenance person and 1 bookkeeper.
Brain Baumkirchner said they chose this new location because many of their customers had constantly asked for it. “The North side of town doesn’t have very many business establishments for the residents and tourists alike. Additionally this location has higher traffic when compared to the two other locations.” Couple that with the fact that it has a double drive through and ample vehicle cueing; it is designed to provide the very best customer experience.
The Baumkirchners also have letters of intent for additional locations signed in nearby cities. Baumkirchner credits this growth to the brand supporting their franchisees and says, “The Human Bean Team has become like a family for us.” Human Bean co-founder, Dan Hawkins, states “Brian and Juls are phenomenal operators and it is a joy to get to work with them. They have a passion for creating the very best customer experience and the results are really something special!”
Baumkirchner sums it up nicely when he says, “It’s amazing to be a part of a quality brand and system that grew to 3 stores with proper management. Like I always tell people, ‘If the coffee wasn’t superior and service was sub-par, we wouldn’t exist!’”
The kind of growth Baumkirchner has experienced speaks for the brand as a whole and the Human Bean shows no signs of slowing down on growth with plans to open at least 19 more franchise locations by the end of 2017 throughout the US bringing the total to 82.human-bean-havasu-3

 

Sipping on Sunshine!

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You can’t go wrong with these six iced & blended favorites. Give them all a try this season.

1. Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie 

How it’s made: Need an afternoon pick-me-up?? Try a yummy fruit smoothie blended from real fruit puree and creamy ice cream. Best part is, all our all-natural fruit smoothies are on special for the whole month of June! Try them all!

Barista inside-scoop: With so many yummy options available, switch-up your smoothie for never ending refreshment! The raspberry peach and strawberry lemonade smoothies are delicious!

2. Java Chip Granita 

How it’s made: Mini dark chocolate chips and sweet ice cream meet roasty espresso before blending to perfection.

Barista inside-scoop: Delicious with or without caffeine. The Java Chip Smoothie still has every ounce of chocolaty goodness.

3. Frozen Hot Chocolate 

How it’s made: Your favorite winter weather treat is ready for summer! Premium hot cocoa blends with ice cream to satisfy true chocolate lovers.

Barista inside-scoop: Add a hint of toasted marshmallow to this frozen favorite.

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4. Green Tea Smoothie

How it’s made: An irresistible blend of sweet green tea and creamy ice cream is pick-me-up perfection if you ask us!

Barista inside-scoop: A scoop of blackberry or raspberry turns this creamy smoothie into a refreshing afternoon treat.

5. Rockstar Energy Drink

How it’s made: Sweet syrups brighten bubbly Rockstars with vibrant colors and flavors.

Barista inside-scoop: Infuse with fruit flavors like blue raspberry, pomegranate or passion fruit. Can’t decide on just one flavor, go with your top TWO favorites!

6. Blended Chai Latte

How it’s made: Concentrated chai tea meets sweet ice cream and cold shaved ice creating a smooth & refreshing Blended Chai you’ll love.

Barista inside-scoop: Add a scoop of vanilla and top with whipped cream & cinnamon sprinkles for a real treat.

The next time you’re craving something icy on a hot day,
you’ll find your refreshment at The Human Bean.

Convenience in each Coffee Pod

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Brewed coffee fans, you’re in luck– The Human Bean offers the coffee you love for sale by the pound and now as single-serve, ready-to-brew, coffee pods!

coffee pods2Human Bean baristas grind French roast coffee beans fresh every morning and brew it throughout the day with state of the art air-pots to ensure the best flavor in every cup.
Enjoy the same freshness and flavor at home with convenient Single-Serve Coffee Pods.

The Human Bean coffee pods are packaged in 12-packs with a whopping 12 grams of coffee filling each fully-recyclable pod. Best part is, the pods fit in all single-serve coffee brewers giving you peace of mind when purchasing.

Find Single-Serve Coffee Pods online or at a stand near you! 

The Human Bean’s single-serve coffee pods are available in 4 classic coffee varieties for you to enjoy from the comfort of your home or office.

Bring home House, French, Italian or SWP Decaf (Swiss Water Process).

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3 Tips to A Guilt-Free Drink

Happy 2016 fellow coffee lovers! Searching for a beverage you can feel good about drinking? Well we’re happy to say, Your Search is Over at The Human Bean.

Whether you are counting calories or simply trying to live a healthier lifestyle in 2016, this post will expand your coffee knowledge and give you the power when ordering your favorite drinks at The Human Bean. We offer almost limitless options on our menu. From dairy-free alternatives to protein powder, we are always striving to provide the highest quality ingredients for our customers. While all these choices are great, they can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why we created this post to guide you when ordering your next drink at The Human Bean.

Here are THREE simple tips to turning your favorite drink into one that satisfies your coffee cravings without the guilt!

1.)    Add a Scoop of Protein Powder! 

You asked and we delivered! We now offer a vanilla protein powder at most of our locations. You can enjoy this new product as a Granita (w/ espresso) or as a Smoothie (w/out espresso). You can also add a scoop of protein to any of your current favorite blended drinks! With 20 grams of protein per scoop and an optimal amino acid profile, our protein powder drinks will keep you full and focused all day!

Barista Tip: Add a half scoop of protein to your favorite fruit smoothie flavor for the perfect afternoon snack!

2.)    Fat-free or dairy-free anyone?

Substituting your favorite drink with a fat-free dairy or dairy-free alternative can cut you’re your calories in HALF! Swapping chocolate milk for non-fat milk in your mocha will reduce the calories and eliminate the fat, while still satisfying your coffee and chocolate craving.

Dairy-free alternatives can also be a great option for creating a health conscious coffee beverage. At The Human Bean, we offer soy, almond and coconut milk at most of our locations. These dairy-free alternatives are low in fat and calories, contain no cholesterol and have up to 50% more calcium than dairy milk. Try soy, almond or coconut milk in your next coffee!

3.)   Add a shot? Why not!

If you enjoy a strong coffee flavor, this is the trick for you! Espresso contains 0 calories and can cut anywhere from 15 to 50 calories from your drink. This trick works because the extra espresso replaces the higher calorie dairy or dairy substitute products. On your next drink, simply ask for an extra shot and you’ve got yourself a coffee with fewer calories and more of your favorite coffee flavor.

If too much caffeine is a concern of yours, ask your barista for an extra decaf shot of espresso.

You now hold three simple tips and tricks to creating a delicious, yet healthier coffee option. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your new coffee knowledge. Remember, you can have your coffee and drink it guilt-free at The Human Bean.

Celebrating Espresso

espresso croppedThe Bean of the Month features online coffee & espresso varieties to help you discover a new favorite.  With many unique origins, blends and roasts to choose from, a bean as unique as you are is waiting to be found! This month, try any or all four distinctive espresso beans and enjoy 15% off with the promotion code below.

Sorano Espresso: This is our lightest roast espresso with subtle hints of berry and toffee flavors. Aptly named after an ancient medieval town in Tuscany.

Teramo Espresso: Award winning espresso served in our stands. This classic medium roasted espresso blend combines dark chocolate with deep smoky accents.

Trieste Espresso: Named after a well-known cafe in San Francisco, this balanced medium roast compliments a good book, cozy blanket and fuzzy socks.

SWPŸ Decaf Espresso: Swiss Water ProcessŸ is a 100% chemical-free way to remove 99.9% of caffeine from coffee and espresso beans. This gentle process maintains the distinctive origin and flavor characteristics to enjoy anytime of day or night. Learn more here.

Save 15% on all Human Bean premium espresso beans for the entire month of April. Use the promotion code Espresso1998 on the last step at checkout to receive your discount. Shop now.

Explore Single Origin Coffees

Try a coffee. Sip a coffee. Love a coffee.

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Expand your coffee horizon with The Human Bean. This month, our online store is featuring seven distinctive coffees that exclusively originate from seven unique countries. Welcome the balanced and flavorful Single Origin Coffees.

Our single origin coffees are sourced from prime coffee growing regions around the world from the high slopes of El Cachillo, El Salvador to the peaks of Chalalacktu Township, Ethiopia.  The single origin coffee collection also ranges in roast level and flavor to satisfy all coffee lover palates.

Check out all seven single origin coffees HERE to find the perfect coffee for you to try. Enter the promo code, CoffeeLover, at checkout for 15% off! Don’t wait, this discount doesn’t last long and the sooner you order, the sooner you can enjoy!