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!

Summer Food Drive

Summer Food Drive in August at The Human Bean

We will be hosting 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 give we will be giving away a free 20 oz. drink coupon that can be used now or saved for later.¬† For every $10 donation we will be giving away a Buy One Get One Free drink coupon.¬† We’ll also be giving away our popular reusable bags on August 24th to anyone who gives a non-perishable food item donation or a cash donation to the food drive.¬† One bag per customer and two per car while supplies last 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.  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.

2018-08-06T17:39:32+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 ‚Äď 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: , , , |

Coffee for a Cure 2017 Totals

Coffee for a Cure 2017 Totals are in! We raised $228,532.97 for breast cancer patient care during our 12th annual event! Thank you for your support!

On Friday, October 20th, Human Bean locations in eleven states raised $228, 532.97 during their “Coffee for a Cure’ donation event. Proceeds from beverage and pastry sales were donated locally by each location to fund mammograms and follow-up care to women who are uninsured or under insured with breast cancer.

Coffee for a Cure 2017 Totals

Over the past 12 years The Human Bean has raised over $1,283,577.24 to help fight breast cancer.  Last year we raised just over $200,000 so we are thrilled to have increased our donation amount by so much in one year!  Each location picks a local foundation to donate to so these funds stay in our local communities.  We are thrilled with the amount of customer support we receive on this day each year!


The Medford based company currently operates and franchises 69 locations in 11 states. For more information on The Human Bean, please go to www.thehumanbean.com.

2017-10-27T16:56:05+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Categories: Giving Back, What's New @ HB?|Tags: , , , |

Coffee for a Cure 2017

coffee for a cure

Our 12th annual breast cancer fundraising event, Coffee for a Cure, will be held on Friday, October 20th.  All proceeds on this day from all of our 69 locations in 11 states will be donated to local breast cancer agencies.  This has become a hugely successful and effective event for us and we are so happy that we are able to help make a difference in the fight against breast cancer!

Coffee for a Cure – The Impact

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

Last year was our 11th annual Coffee for a Cure event and we raised $202,448.89 for a total of $1,055,044.89 to date!

Coffee for a Cure – The Story

When hurricane Katrina hit 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.

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 12 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.

2017-10-02T20:26:41+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Categories: Giving Back|Tags: , , , |

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.

human bean food drive

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!

Human Bean Celebrates Earth Day with Reusable Bag Giveaway

Human Bean Celebrates Earth Day every year with a reusable shopping bag giveaway.  Earth Day is on April, 22nd.  We will be showing customer appreciation by giving away reusable bags on Friday, April 21st and have been doing this since 2011.  We estimate that we have given away 90,000 of them and also plan to give away about 15,000 more this  year.

Human Bean Celebrates Earth Day

Why Use Reusable Shopping Bags?

A simple way to be kinder to our earth is to use reusable shopping bags. Many communities, including the city of Ashland locally, have banned the use of disposable plastic shopping bags.  This is due to the damage they can cause to our environment and wildlife. A plastic bag can take from 15-1,000 years to break down depending on environment.  Millions of birds, turtles and other sea animals die each year from ingesting the plastic waste that doesn’t make it into landfills. Reusable shopping bags can replace disposable plastic bags.  They are also made of recycled materials and typically have a lifespan equal to that of more than 700 plastic bags. When worn out, reusable bags can then be recycled. Additionally many stores now give discounts to customers that bring in their own shopping bags.  Plus they now come in many fashionable and cute shapes and prints, like ours!

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!