Category Archives: Giving Back

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 2017

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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.

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!

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.

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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!

 

 

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

Single Origin Coffee is grown within a single known geographic origin. Sometimes this is a single farm or comparatively a specific collection of beans from a single country. Therefore the coffee is usually named after the place it was grown to the narrowest degree available.

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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.  Estate grown (also referred to as a Micro-Lot or Single Farm) are examples of this.  Single Origin coffee should have specific regional characteristics.  In the same fashion as wine grapes, many factors contribute to the taste of a single origin coffee.  These factors include the soil it’s grown in, also the altitude of the farm, the farming method used, the varietal of coffee tree,  and the climate conditions too. Therefore when compared to a blend, a single origin coffee should be more true to its origin.  Most importantly it should represent the type of coffee bean.  And it should show flavor nuances characteristic of where it was grown.

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Coffee Farmer on his Coffee Farm in Papua New Guinea

Coffee¬†that is labeled as Single Origin¬†is not all created equal. As a matter of fact it could be a¬†single farm, a single region or a single country they are referring to. This can also make a big difference when the country is the size of Brazil.¬† It could be a blend of many types of coffee from many different farms spread across different regions within the country.¬† Comparatively it could be grown by the same farmers and the same coffee trees in the same spot year after year.¬†In light of this there is large definition and difference of opinion on what ‚Äúsingle-origin‚ÄĚ actually encompasses.

Here at the Human Bean, if we label one of our coffee beans as single origin, it means first that it was grown in one region at one farm.  Second, a long standing coffee farmer grew it and we have most likely traveled to meet.  Third, we 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 Human Bean single origin coffees you can purchase online from a variety of countries including: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Papa New Guinea, Mexico and also Honduras.  Experience these flavors yourself by buying from The Human Bean!

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

Human Bean Single Origin Coffee

Costa Rica Single Origin:

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 also 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 Р5200 feet.

Guatemala Single Origin:

Nutty, Smooth, Complex .  Direct from the Finca El Paternal farm, this delicious single origin coffee begins with the fruity aroma of cherries and apples, also 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. Uniquely it was featured on Morning Edition on NPR! Grown in the Huehuetenago region of Western Guatemala

Papua New Guinea Single Origin:

Full, Citrus, & Lively Flavors.¬† Delicious creamy body with stone, fruit and spice on the nose and also apricot and pineapple flavors with mild acidity. Persimmon and cherry sweetness perfectly balanced with a mild earthiness. Grown and delicately harvested in Papua New Guinea’s Western Highland at altitudes of 1600-1800 meters.

Mexico Single Origin:

Even, Spicy, Rousing.  This is a very well balanced Organic Mexican coffee. Starting with a spiced honey aroma, this coffee also 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 Р5200 feet.

Honduras Single Origin:

Luscious, Caramel, Delicate.  This well balanced organic coffee combines floral hints with brown sugar and caramel, and also 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.

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Human Bean New Things we are Looking Forward to in 2017!

It’s a new year and there are lots of Human Bean new things that we are looking forward to! The Human Bean would also 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. 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. The Human Bean will have its very own App!

Now it will also 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 year and be one of the first to download your new favorite App!

3. 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 too! 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 Human Bean new things that we do! 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 also continue to find opportunities to do more in 2017!

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5. Country Crossings Music Festival in July!

Talk about Human Bean new things!  This year we are 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 also Jake Owen plus Human Bean to fuel the event! www.cxfest.com. Time to get your boots ready and also time 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 also 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 too to get all the details on what’s going on in your local area!

2016 Human Bean Coffee for a Cure

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

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Coffee for a Cure day is when 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.  We also have pink ribbon breast cancer mugs and other merchandise available for purchase that you can buy to show your support of this great cause.

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.

Join us¬†this 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

The Human Bean Gives Back

From sponsorship to event involvement to donation days, our team is committed to making a positive impact in the communities we serve locally and also globally.

Human Bean Gives Back for the Jayden DeLuca Foundation

The Human Bean of Treasure Valley held a donation day benefiting a local and worthy children’s cause.  This was called the Jayden DeLuca Foundation and was held on Friday, June 24th. Additionally this year also marked the 4th annual Jayden DeLuca Fundraiser.  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 purchasing a tasty beverage in Treasure Valley on June 24th.

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We are proud to recognize another Human Bean gives back!

Guest Barista Days

The Human Bean of Northern Colorado¬†hosts many “Guest Barista Days”.¬† These are where members of the community join the baristas in the stands.¬† This way they can¬†interact directly with customers¬†and also¬†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 also encouraged customers to donate basic medical supplies.  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.

Human Bean Sponsorship for Local Bike Race Team

Human Bean Sponsorship for a Team in a Local Bike Race was a fun time for all!

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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs Cycle Bike Shop’s race team in such an awesome community event!
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Hot Chocolate & Holiday Lights | The Human Bean

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Holiday Lights is a fun event every year!  Nothing says happy holidays more than delicious hot chocolate, sparkling Christmas lights and also 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.

About 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

Coffee for a Cure 2015 was a Success!

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Last Friday, Oct 23rd, marked our 10th annual Coffee For A Cure 2015 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.  Just by buying your favorite Human Bean drink  you can support local breast cancer patients!  This popular event is the highlight of every year at the Human Bean.

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!¬† And we had so much fun celebrating Coffee for a Cure 2015¬†and serving¬† you delicious drinks on this day!