The Human Bean is a proud supporter of the communities we serve. We give back throughout the year with donation days, sponsorships and much more. Check out what we’ve been up to lately!

Coffee for a Cure 2018

Coffee for a Cure 2018 will be held on Friday, October 19th.

Our annual breast cancer fundraising event, Coffee for a Cure, will be held on Friday, October 19th.  All proceeds on this day from all of our 80 locations in 10 states will be donated to local breast cancer agencies.  This has become a hugely successful and effective event for us.  We are so happy that we are able to help make a difference in the fight against breast cancer.

In Oregon alone, between Providence Foundation and Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center we have helped fund over 1600 mammograms or about 145 per year.  This is along with follow-up care and ongoing patient support.

Last year was our 12th annual Coffee for a Cure event and we raised $228,532.97 for a total of $1,283,557.24 to date.

Where Coffee for a Cure began

We got the idea for this annual fundraising event back when hurricane Katrina hit and we had a donation day to help support the Red Cross. The following year we decided we wanted to make our donation day an annual event.  We wanted to help each of our own communities by doing so. Therefore each location donates to their local community. After talking to people we found out Oregon and Washington had the highest rates of breast cancer in the country (at the time). Everyone we knew had someone in their lives that had been affected by breast cancer. So we thought it was a cause that really could help people in our communities.  So, this Friday, October 19th, Who are you buying a drink for? Please share with us on social media by using the hashtag #whoareyoubuyingadrinkfor

We work directly with local foundations.  They allocate the funds to help the patients that need help the most; uninsured or under-insured. Since starting Coffee for a Cure thirteen years ago we have lost a barista, a franchise owner, family and friends. We are happy to say that since starting the donation day how our funds are used is beginning to change. More people are insured, getting early detection and surviving the disease. We now support patients with expenses while going through treatment.  We also help with a lot more preventive scans for early detection and education.

Truly it is the core of what The Human Bean is about, giving back and supporting our own communities.  Please visit any Human Bean location on this day and make a purchase and all proceeds will be donated to a local breast cancer care center in that community.  We will also have tumblers and Hydroflasks with the Coffee for a Cure logo for sale that day.

2018-10-18T17:59:37+00:00 October 1st, 2018|Categories: Giving Back, What's New @ HB?|Tags: , , , |

National Coffee Day

National Coffee Day Offers a Free Espresso Shot

We celebrate National Coffee Day every year on September 29th.  We will be celebrating at The Human Bean by giving away a free extra shot of espresso at participating locations.  This will be offered to anyone who orders an espresso drink that day.  You can view our full menu of espresso drinks here.  This day a great reason to express how much we love our caffeinated beverage.  People all over the world love coffee and drink it daily.  It only continues to grow in popularity.  It also boasts a long list of health benefits.

national coffee day

But it also has another purpose.  This day is also used to promote fair trade coffee and to raise awareness for the plight of the coffee growers.

Farm Friendly Direct

The Human Bean supports the coffee growers and the fair trade business through our Farm Friendly Direct Program.

Farm Friendly Direct’s program involves paying growers a premium for their coffee.  100% of that premium goes to farm and community projects. This direct purchasing relationship is mutually beneficial for The Human Bean and the grower. The Human Bean is guaranteed a constant and consistent supply of the highest quality coffee.  And growers and their local communities receive above fair-market pricing as well as investments into their local communities.

Farm Friendly Direct funds have built a water treatment plant in Guatemala and completed the build of deep solar water wells in Tanzania and Kenya.  We have also planted 15,000 trees in the region of El Salvador and built a new schoolhouse and supported the salary of a teacher in the Papa New Guinea community. These are just a few examples.

As you can see, we try our best to celebrate coffee every day of the year and not just on National Coffee Day!

2018-09-27T20:59:14+00:00 September 27th, 2018|Categories: Coffee & Espresso, Giving Back, What's New @ HB?|Tags: , |

Free Drinks for First Responders on 9/11

Free drinks for first responders will be given away on Tuesday, September, 11th.  This will include all active military, veterans, police, firemen and paramedics.  They will each receive one 16 oz. drink free of charge with their badge, military ID or uniform at participating locations.  The Human Bean has made this an annual event to thank them for their service. Here are some other ways that we GIVE BACK in our local communities as well.

free drinks for first responders

2018-09-10T17:44:29+00:00 September 10th, 2018|Categories: Giving Back|Tags: , |

Food Drive Football Ticket Winners

Food Drive Football Ticket Winners have been announced!  The winner of the Oregon Ducks tickets is Judy Tomes of Medford, OR.  The winner of the Oregon State Beavers tickets is Michelle Vail of Grants Pass, OR.

As part of our annual summer Food Drive held on Friday, August 24th, we give away both a pair of Ducks tickets and a pair of Beavers tickets to one lucky food donor.  Customers who donate food on the day of the food drive at our Oregon locations can enter a drawing to win the tickets.  This years Ducks game is versus the UCLA Bruins on Saturday, November 3rd.  And this year’s Beavers game is versus USC on Saturday, November 3rd.

food drive football ticket winners

We have hosted our annual summer food drive every year now for nine years. With the majority of food drives held during the winter months, food banks run lowest on food supplies during the summer. The Human Bean believes that everyone deserves a nutritious meal, no matter what time of the year. Each year The Human Bean food drive grows and raises more donations than previous years. Thanks to customer support, The Human Bean raises thousands of pounds of food to donate each year.  We hope to make an even bigger difference every year.  You can see other ways The Human Bean gives back to our communties HERE.

 

2018-09-07T18:39:09+00:00 September 7th, 2018|Categories: Giving Back, What's New @ HB?|Tags: |

Summer Food Drive

Summer Food Drive in August at The Human Bean

We hosted a food drive all month long in August to re-stock local food pantries when they are often at their lowest supply.  For every $20 donation you gave we gave away a free 20 oz. drink coupon.  For every $10 donation we gave away a Buy One Get One Free drink coupon.  We also gave away our popular reusable bags on August 24th to anyone who gave a non-perishable food item donation or a cash donation to the food drive.  One bag per customer and two per car while supplies lasted and only at participating locations.

We have hosted our annual summer food drive every year now for nine years.  With the majority of food drives held during the winter months, food banks run lowest on food supplies during the summer.  The Human Bean believes that everyone deserves a nutritious meal, no matter what time of the year.  Each year The Human Bean food drive grows and raises more donations than previous years. This year in Jackson County alone we were able to give 836 pounds of food and $2,000 to Access Food Bank.  Access said they will be able to purchase 10,000 pounds of food with the $2,000!

Thanks to customer support, The Human Bean raises thousands of pounds of food to donate each year and we hope to make an even bigger difference this year.

2018-09-10T18:34:28+00:00 August 6th, 2018|Categories: Giving Back, What's New @ HB?|Tags: , , , , |

Danielle Craig & A Lesson in Gratitude

lesson in gratitudeRecently we teamed up with Danielle Craig.  She describes herself as “a mom of two boys, wife, Emmy-award winning journalist – and most recently a recovering pessimist.”  She hosts an inspiring podcast called Happiness in Progress and you can read her blog at daniellecraig.com

She approached us and asked if we would be willing to sponsor what she refers to as “a Lesson in Gratitude”.  We would be a good team since we both believe it is important to “give back”.  You can read about other ways we give back to our local communities here and to our global coffee growing communities here.

The Lesson in Gratitude

Danielle’s 5 year old son has nut allergies.  When he was about to start Kindergarten he was anxious. He was worried about starting school and being exposed to this allergen through other childrens’ lunches.  They came up with a plan.  They asked the 21 children in his class and their parents if they would be willing to commit to packing “nut-free” lunches for the entire year.  All of the families agreed.  As a way to thank them for making the effort to ease her son’s anxiety she wanted to show them gratitude. They thought a good way to do so would be to give a Human Bean gift card for each family.  That was when she approached us.  We were more than happy to donate the 21 gift cards.  We love finding creative ways to give back in our communities such as this!

You can read Danielle’s cute blog post on the Lesson in Gratitude here.

2018-07-18T20:53:43+00:00 July 18th, 2018|Categories: Giving Back|Tags: , , |

Buy One Get One Granitas!

Buy One Get One Granitas (BOGO Granitas!)

Buy One Get One Granitas will be offered on June 21st, as a celebration of the first day of summer at participating locations!  Just tell the barista “BOGO Granitas” at the window when you order your first Granita and you will receive the 2nd Granita of equal or lesser value for free (valid up to 20 oz. size).  Granitas are a delicious blend of frozen espresso and you can add flavor or real caramel or chocolate sauce!  This is a great time to try one with a friend!  Or…we won’t tell if you decide to drink them both yourself either!!!  You can still earn rewards by paying with our new App too!

View our full menu of frozen treats and more HERE.

2018-06-18T21:11:09+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Categories: Coffee & Espresso, Giving Back|Tags: , , , , |

Human Bean Father’s Day & Mother’s Day Giveaways

Human Bean Father’s Day & Mother’s Day Giveaways are done annually to thank all of the mothers and fathers in our lives.  On their special day we like to give them a small gift to make their day extra special!

Human Bean Father’s Day Giveaway

For Father’s Day this year on Sunday, June 17th, we will be giving away free cookies at participating locations to all dads who drive thru and visit us while supplies last.

Human Bean Father's Day and Mother's Day

Human Bean Father's Day and Mother's Day

Human Bean Mother’s Day Giveaway

And for Mother’s Day we gave away free flowers to all moms who drove through to visit us. We’ve done this every year for several years now and moms love it!

We love to give back to our local communitites in all kinds of ways all year long.  Check out some of the other holidays where we give back HERE.

2018-07-12T21:07:10+00:00 June 11th, 2018|Categories: Giving Back|Tags: , , |

Earth Day Celebration

Earth Day Celebration at The Human Bean will be held on Friday, April 20th, this year.  We celebrate Earth Day in April as well as all year long!  In the past we have given away reusable shopping bags for Earth Day.  These are always really popular with our customers and we love seeing people use them all year long!  This year several locations will be giving away a plantable coffee sleeve that contains both basil and parsley seeds.  We started doing an Earth Day Giveaway each year in 2011.

How the Human Bean Celebrates Earth Day Every Day

The Human Bean tries to extend their earth friendly practices globally as well as through their Farm Friendly Direct program.  This is their direct-trade coffee sourcing program.  They work directly with the farmers that grow their coffee.  Therefore they can pay them at or above market prices.  They also allocate additional funds for community projects such as: building water systems, school and community centers and facilitating earth friendly soil, water and farming practices.  You can learn more about The Human Bean and Farm Friendly Direct here!

 

2018-04-16T19:51:34+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Categories: Giving Back|Tags: , , , |

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.

colombia farm friendly project

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.

colombia farm friendly project

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!

 

 

 

2018-02-21T21:38:35+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Categories: Farm Friendly Direct Trade Coffee, Giving Back|Tags: , , , |