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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!

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.

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!

2016 Human Bean Coffee for a Cure

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Join us for our Coffee for a Cure donation day Friday, October 21st.

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A simple purchase can make a huge difference. When you purchase your favorite beverage  or pastry we donate the proceeds locally to provide low income mammograms, education, and post diagnosis support.

Please join us for an amazing beverage from The Human Bean on our donation day; Coffee for a Cure and feel great knowing that your purchase is going directly to help someone in your community in their fight against breast cancer. For more information, join our event page:

Join us next year for a delicious beverage from The Human Bean on Coffee For A Cure and feel good knowing you’re supporting local women in your community. For more information, join our event page: Coffee For A Cure 2016.

3 Reasons to Love Coffee For A Cure:

1.) Proceeds from all beverages & pastries are donated.

2.) Supports women in our communities facing breast cancer.

3.) Funds raised are kept local and donated to community hospitals.

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This is our staffs favorite event of the year! They work very hard to get everyone served and have a blast doing it! They love that they touch people’s lives where they live. Please join us and be a part of our celebration: Together we can make a difference!

Supporting Local & Global Communities

Giving back is important to The Human Bean.
From sponsorship to event involvement to donation days, our team is committed to making a positive impact in the communities we serve locally and globally.

The Human Bean of Treasure Valley held a donation day benefiting a local and worthy children’s cause called the Jayden DeLuca Foundation, on Friday, June 24th. This year marked the 4th annual Jayden DeLuca Fundraiser and all five Human Bean locations in Treasure Valley participated by encouraging customer donations and donating 30% of their daily sales directly to the cause.

The donations raised by this event will support technological progress in the development of pediatric heart conditions. Thank you to all who supported the Jayden DeLuca Foundation by generously donating or purchasing a tasty beverage in Treasure Valley on June 24th.

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We are proud to recognize another Human Bean region in Northern Colorado who is giving back in big ways both locally and globally.

The Human Bean of Northern Colorado hosts many “Guest Barista Days” where members of the community join the baristas in the stands and interact directly with customers to promote their cause. In addition to encouraging customer donations, The Human Bean of Northern Colorado gives 10% of their daily sales to the guest barista. They hosted one of their very own managers as a Guest Barista in support of her recent trip to an orphanage in Haiti on Thursday, June 23, at their location in Evans, Colorado.

Read more about her eye-opening experience here: My Trip to Haiti…

The Human Bean of Northern Colorado encouraged customers to donate basic medical supplies that they would send to the orphanage in Haiti where their manager visited. A HUGE thank you to everyone who donated! Because of you, The Human Bean of Northern Colorado was able to provide a large donation of medial supplies to support children in Haiti.

Team Sponsorship for Local Bike Race

The Human Bean is a proud supporter of the communities we serve. Through fundraisers, donation days and sponsorships, we’ve raised and donated thousands of dollars for countless organizations over the years.  For example, our biggest annual fundraiser, Coffee for A Cure, has raised over $850,000 for community breast health centers since 2002. Learn more about Coffee for A Cure here.

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In addition to large-scale fundraisers like Coffee for A Cure, The Human Bean also values supporting smaller local events too, like the “Brewhaus Cross”. The Human Bean supported this event by sponsoring a  race team from Southern Oregon’s Marty’s Cycle Bicycle Shop. The Brewhaus Cross is an exciting 4 day bike race held each September that benefits local Search & Rescue.

The bike races were held over the summer on Thursday the 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th of September at the Bigham Knoll Campus in Jacksonville, Oregon. During and after the race, bikers and supporters enjoyed yummy Brats and beer from Jacksonville’s Schoolhaus Brewhaus Restaurant. Since 2004, this fun local event has raised over $200,000 in cash and equipment for Josephine County Search and Rescue. The Human Bean is proud to support Marty’s Cycle Bike Shop’s race team in such an awesome community event!
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Hot Chocolate & Holiday Lights

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Nothing says happy holidays more than delicious hot chocolate, sparkling Christmas lights and supporting the community! This season The Human Bean celebrated all these things and more on Dec. 22nd at Greystone Court during the Access Inc. Hot Chocolate Sponsorship.

Greystone Court is located in Medford, Oregon and every winter the entire neighborhood brightly shines. Each house on the block is gorgeously decorated with countless holiday lights.

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More than 5,000 cars drive through Greystone Court annually to catch a glimpse of these lights. Access Inc. has made this event one of their greatest annual food drives by encouraging members of the community to bring canned food and cash donations. In support of Access Inc. and to spread holiday cheer, The Human Bean added to the event for the third year in a row by providing free hot chocolate to those attending.

The Human Bean served 20 gallons and over 450 cups of complimentary hot chocolate that evening. Faces of children from ages 1-92 gleamed as they enjoyed the beautiful lights while sipping on warm hot chocolate. Needless to say, we’ll definitely be back next year.

Happy Holidays from one Human Bean to Another!

Coffee For A Cure 2015

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Last Friday, Oct 23rd, marked our 10th annual Coffee For A Cure event.

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On this day, The Human Bean donated their beverage and pastry proceeds to local hospitals to financially support women facing breast cancer. Over the past 10 years and with support like yours, The Human Bean has raised over $850,000 through Coffee For A Cure.

Join us next year for a delicious beverage from The Human Bean on Coffee For A Cure and feel good knowing you’re supporting local women in your community. For more information, join our event page: Coffee For A Cure 2015.

3 Reasons to Love Coffee For A Cure:

1.) Proceeds from all beverages & pastries are donated.

2.) Supports women in our communities facing breast cancer.

3.) Funds raised are kept local and donated to community hospitals.

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Again, thank you to all who supported this event by enjoying a beverage on Friday and making a donation. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Football Food Drive

Shout-out to everyone who supported our 6th annual Food Drive on Friday, August 21st. Thanks to your help and generosity, the one-day fundraiser was a huge success and we raised almost 4,000 pounds of food! These donations will make a difference in your communities by supporting local food banks when they need it most.

A special thank you to all you football fans who gave 3 or more donations and entered online for your chance to win a pair of college football tickets.

Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the reveal of the ticket winners.

The winners of our ticket raffle are…

  • The winner of (2) tickets to the University of Oregon vs. USC (University of Southern California) game on November 21st in Eugene, OR is Staci Wytcherley from Grants Pass, Oregon!
  • The winner of (2) tickets to the Oregon State vs. Stanford game on September 25th in Corvallis, OR is Daniel Johnston from Medford, Oregon!

Congratulations to both ticket winners! Your tickets will be shipped to the address you provided when entering but feel free to contact us with any questions. We hope you enjoy the football games as they both should be very exciting!

Again and again, we are reminded of how amazing our customers are and this food drive was no exception. Thank you all for the support!

Cheers to Years of Coffee & Community

There’s so much to be excited about this summer at The Human Bean! Many of our Human Bean locations are celebrating business anniversaries by giving back to the most important aspect of their business, the customers they serve of course!

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All three Grants Pass, Oregon locations celebrated their second year of ownership on July 1st. Promoting their anniversary as Customer Appreciation Day, The Human Bean of Grants Pass was beyond excited to recognize their loyal customers and the feeling was mutual. Grants Pass customers were happy to celebrate this day with their favorite baristas around. A regular customer from Grants Pass  commented on Facebook, “Thanks for the great service and for always remembering my drink order even before I get there!” Congratulations on the anniversary Grants Pass!

Also to celebrate noteworthy anniversaries this summer is The Human Bean of Lake Havasu City, Arizona and The Human Bean of Seaside, Oregon. The northern Lake Havasu City location is thankful for 10 great years and can’t wait to celebrate such a milestone with their recently opened 2nd location on the south-side of town.

The Human Bean of Seaside celebrates 8 wonderful years mid August this year. Seaside franchisees couldn’t be prouder of the community involvement they’ve established in Seaside and are bringing their same lively spirit to their Warrenton location which opened last October. “We try to separate ourselves by really standing out as a supporter of the community,” said Seaside franchisee. Another successful year in business proves their efforts are appreciated, congratulations Seaside!

See what these locations are up to now on Facebook! Like their page to receive updates on specials, events and much more!

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Concerts in the Park Sponsorship

It may have been 106°, but The Human Bean brought The Breeze to Concerts in the Park in Southern Oregon.

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The Human Bean is a proud sponsor of Jackson County’s weekly concert series called Concerts in the Park coordinated by Medford Parks & Recreation. Last week, they pushed their sponsorship even further by providing free iced tea to those attending the concert. Featuring their sweet summertime iced tea called The Breeze, HB baristas served overheated concert enthusiasts refreshing green iced tea sweetened with a splash of lemonade and raspberry.

Everyone who tried The Breeze had nothing but great things to say and the community event  was a huge success overall. The Human Bean takes pride in the active role they play within the community and they look forward to supporting similar events in the near future.