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The Human Bean is expanding into new locations and exploring exciting concepts. From innovative drive-thru designs, cafes and mobile units, The Human Bean is bringing the best coffee to every market.

Human Bean Outdoors in all Activities!

We love to enjoy our Human Bean outdoors in nature!  There are lots of places to hike, bike, camp and explore by our many Human Bean Locations.  And there are also just as many ways to take our Human Bean to-go and enjoy it outdoors!

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Camping with the Human Bean Outdoors

Did you know that we sell our popular Human Bean coffee beans to go for you to grind and brew at home?  Well you can take this same coffee on a camping trip and brew it on your camp stove to also enjoy your Human Bean outdoors!   Our gourmet coffee tastes even better in the beauty of the nature!

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Day Trips with the Human Bean Outdoors

Heading out for a day in nature to play in the snow or hang at the lake?  You can still enjoy your favorite Human Bean outdoors!  Pick up a to-go box of your favorite hot drink.  You can choose from coffee, espresso or hot chocolate.  The box keeps beverages hot for hours!  And they will also serve up to 16 8 oz. cups if you are hanging with a group!

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Hiking, Biking, Boating, and Playing with Human Bean Outdoors

The easiest way to always enjoy your favorite Human Bean outdoors is to buy one of our popular Hydroflasks.  They come in tons of colors so you can also choose your favorite!  They keep hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours.  Additionally they keep cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours!  They come in all kinds of sizes from 12 oz. to growler size!  And your barista can fill it up with any drink on our menu!

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So what’s to stop you?¬† Since Human Bean beverages are so portable therefore you now have a good reason to get out there and play today!¬† Make sure to stop by your favorite Human Bean location first to get your Human Bean fix while on¬† your way!

Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans | The Human Bean

Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans are our signature little extra treat on top of your drink!  Each time you buy a Human Bean drink you buy you receive a tiny morsel of deliciousness on top.  The single espresso bean coated in milk and white chocolate is warm and also melty when you pop it in your mouth!  we have a full drink menu of gourmet espresso, teas, smoothies and specialty drinks.  Plus they all come with a bean!

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Where did the Human Bean Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans Come From?

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.  Then 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.  Additionally for offering the highest quality ingredients.  This was when we decided to make the chocolate covered espresso beans our signature touch!

When you pick up¬†our little chocolate covered espresso beans you can’t help but smile!¬† So come visit us today and see for yourself that it’s the little things that make life wonderful!

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And for a real treat you can buy a whole bag of our chocolate covered espresso beans online or at your nearest Human Bean location!

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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!

The Human Bean Drive Thru Coffee Franchise Ranked #157

The Human Bean drive thru coffee franchise¬†is proud to announce that we were ranked #157 in the ‚Äú2017 Franchise 500‚ÄĚ by Entrepreneur! Entrepreneur‚Äôs 38th Annual Franchise 500 is described as “the world‚Äôs best and most comprehensive franchise ranking”.¬† It states that “those franchises honored are recognized for their exceptional performance in areas such as unit growth, financial strength, stability and brand power!”¬†¬†The¬†Human Bean franchise¬†jumped 341 spots up on this list since 2013.¬† Conclusively, this¬†says a lot about the growth and future of our company.

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The Human Bean drive thru coffee franchise was founded 18 years ago in 1998.  Ashland, Oregon was the location of the first Human Bean. 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!  There are 13 corporate locations and 52 franchised locations. We also expect to continue this growth.  We will do so through approved franchisees that share the same determination and commitment to our goals for this exceptional brand.

Drive Thru Coffee Franchise Growth

We are expecting to open 20 new drive thru coffee franchise locations throughout the nation this year.¬†¬†Which¬†should make you¬†wonder how you can become a Human Bean Franchisee! The Human¬†Bean¬†brand was founded on¬†successful operations.¬† The will¬†stay true to these as they grow.¬†Not only do we¬†have¬†exceptional products, attractive and efficient facilities¬†but we also have¬†exceptionally trained and qualified teams.¬† We deliver the very best experience possible to assure we remain the consumers’ brand of choice.

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The Human Bean drive thru coffee franchise does not charge percentage-of-sales royalty or marketing fees.  Therefore the Human Bean is different from nearly all other franchises. Conversely we earn revenues from bulk sales of coffee and other supplies. Most importantly the Human Bean works as a team with our franchisees.  We also assure they have every tool necessary to operate a successful drive-thru coffee franchise. Our goal is for Human Bean franchisees to enjoy the returns from their hard work and investment too.  They are part of a family of successful operators.

Our Farm Friendly Direct trade program provides us with superior high-quality coffee products. This program strives to make a positive difference through direct, socially responsible, coffee sourcing. We also have a global commitment to our coffee-growing communities.

Now is exactly the right time to join the dynamic and growing Human Bean Franchisee Team! Learn more about becoming a drive thru coffee franchise owner today!

Convenience in each Human Bean Coffee Pod

The Human Bean Coffee Pod is Here!

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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 also¬†in a single-serve, ready-to-brew, Human Bean coffee pod!

human bean coffee podHuman Bean baristas grind French roast coffee beans fresh every morning and brew it throughout the day.  They use state of the art air-pots to ensure the best flavor in every cup.  But now you can also enjoy the same freshness and flavor at home with convenient Single-Serve Coffee Pod Blends.

The Human Bean coffee pod is sold in package of 12.  There is a whopping 12 grams of coffee filling in each pod.  Also they are fully-recyclable!  The best part is, the Human Bean coffee pod will fit in all single-serve coffee brewers.  This gives you convenience with every purchase.  This is also an affordable and easy way for you to enjoy your favorite Human Bean coffee blend without even leaving your home!

Find Single-Serve Coffee Pod Blends 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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Human Bean Remodel for Original Ashland Location


THE HUMAN BEAN REMODEL IN ASHLAND, OR IS AN INVESTMENT TO BETTER SERVE CUSTOMERS


The Human Bean team is hard at work renovating drive-thru locations in Jackson County.  They hope to improve operations, visual curb appeal and also better serve coffee lovers in the Rogue Valley!

The first location to receive a complete Human Bean remodel is the original coffee stand that started it all back in 1998 in Ashland, Oregon. The Human Bean of Ashland paved the way for The Human Bean brand.  Most importantly it established the products, operations and customer service we all know and love today.

To see how we construct a new Human Bean remodel, view our video.

The new Ashland Human Bean remodel location was constructed with a prefab structure built in a nearby city and then moved by truck to the location.  It features a stone covered foundation, warm coffee & mocha colors and light fixtures decorated with The Human Bean’s steaming coffee cup icon. Next time you’re in the Ashland area, make sure to check-out the beautiful new building off Highway 99!

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Let us know what you think of the changes on our Jackson County Facebook page. We’d love your feedback! Also, stay-tuned for the next complete remodel- The Human Bean off Biddle Rd. by Dairy Queen in Medford is next!

Human Bean SOU Campus location Opens

Human Bean SOU Campus Location now Open in Hannon Library!

The halls at Southern Oregon University buzzed last Tuesday, Oct. 27th.  There was one exciting message! The Human Bean is celebrating their grand opening with FREE signature drinks!
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New this fall 2015, The Human Bean opened their very first walk-in only location.  It is connected to the Hannon Library at Southern Oregon University.
SOU Dining teamed up with The Human Bean to¬†bring¬†more beverage options to campus. In addition, The Human Bean’s corporate responsibility, coffee sourcing program and overall presence and history in Jackson County aligned with their own.

About the Human Bean

Like the SOU Raiders, The Human Bean also¬†calls Southern Oregon¬†home. Back in 1998, The Human Bean opened¬†their¬†very first location in Ashland, Oregon.¬†¬†Since then, The Human Bean has served as a proud supporter of the community.¬† They do so by¬†giving¬†back through fundraisers, donation days and sponsorships. Since 1998, The Human Bean has expanded to surrounding cities and states.¬† They now consists of¬†58 corporate and franchised locations across 8 states. The Human Bean’s¬†corporate headquarters resides just 15 miles North of SOU¬†in Medford, Oregon. For more information about franchising, visit The Human Bean’s¬†Franchise Page.
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On the day of the Grand Opening, The Human Bean celebrated with their customers.  They did so by offering complimentary signature drinks from 11-3 pm. Excited SOU students, staff and guests chose from Human Bean favorites.  These are drinks like the Snowy mocha, infused RockStars and real fruit smoothies.
The team of SOU baristas worked hard with big smiles on their faces on the day of the grand opening. They quickly crafted hundreds of drinks for eager customers non-stop for 4 hours.
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SOU Dining and The Human Bean SOU Campus location are excited by the initial success and future potential of this SOU campus location. This natural partnership has everyone on campus enjoying quality, hand crafted beverages.

Cheers to Years of Coffee & Community

For Human Bean customers, there’s so much to be excited about¬†this summer at The Human Bean! As a matter of fact, many of our Human Bean locations are celebrating¬†business anniversaries.¬† The local communities we are in are important to the Human Bean.¬† Therefore they are doing so by¬†giving back to the most important aspect of their business, the Human Bean¬†customers they serve!

Grants Pass Customer Appreciation Day for 2nd Anniversary

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All¬†three Grants Pass, Oregon locations celebrated their second year¬†of ownership on July 1st. They promoted their anniversary as Customer Appreciation Day. The Human Bean of Grants Pass¬†recognized their loyal¬†Human Bean customers and was beyond excited to do so.¬† Equally important, the feeling was mutual. Grants Pass customers¬†were also 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!

Lake Havasu Celebrates 10 Years of Human Bean Customers

Other locations also celebrating noteworthy¬†anniversaries this summer¬†are The Human Bean of Lake Havasu City, Arizona as well as The Human Bean of Seaside, Oregon. The northern Lake Havasu City location is thankful¬†for 10 great years of great Human Bean customers.¬† They also¬†can’t wait to celebrate such a milestone with their recently opened 2nd¬†location on the south-side of town.

Seaside Celebrates 8 Years of Human Bean Customers

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The Human Bean of Seaside celebrates 8 wonderful years in August this year. Seaside franchisees couldn’t be prouder of the community involvement they’ve established there.¬† They¬†are also¬†bringing their same lively spirit to their Warrenton location which¬†opened last October.¬†‚ÄúWe try to separate ourselves by really standing out as a supporter of the community,” said Seaside franchisee.¬† Another successful year in business also¬†proves their efforts are appreciated by their Human Bean customers.¬†¬†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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The Human Bean Coffee Truck

Behold the newest addition to our Colorado stores, the Human Bean Coffee Truck!

The Human Bean Coffee Truck is making it even easier and more convenient to enjoy your favorite coffee from just about anywhere. Crafting the same Human Bean drinks you love, but on wheels, we introduce to you our new Human Bean Coffee Truck in Colorado!

About the Human Bean Coffee Truck

The coffee truck has many custom features including:

  • A flat panel TV/monitor that will stream CSU games so fans don‚Äôt miss a play while getting their coffee.¬† Plus an interior and exterior sound system with awning for better TV viewing.
  • A sunroof from which you just might see one of their baristas pop out!
  • Dual solar panels that serve as the fuel for onboard electronics.¬† They¬†will be the power source for a customer charging station called the ‚ÄúJuice Bar‚ÄĚ.
  • A front seat that converts to a desk for office work space.
  • Three ‚Äútowers‚ÄĚ on the rear of the unit and side panels that hide the wheels.¬† This¬†helps emulate the look of The Human Bean‚Äôs branded retail locations, disguising that it‚Äôs even a truck.

The Human Bean Coffee Truck is the first food truck to ever have an NSF Certified ‚ÄúCustom Liner within Food Preparation Areas.‚ÄĚ No other food truck can make this claim.

It is fully equipped with:

  • three espresso machines
  • one super granita machine
  • one smoothie machine
  • an ice machine
  • a large three-compartment refrigerator
  • an under-counter refrigerator, plus two drawers, three-compartment sink, hand sink, dump sink and NASA restroom!

It‚Äôs safe to say you won‚Äôt find a mobile coffee truck like this anywhere else.¬†And although The Human Bean Coffee Truck will primarily be stationed at CSU, it will take off from time to time to attend CSU games and other local events! To get your caffeine fix on your way to school or in between classes, stop by at the truck‚Äôs home base near Moby Arena on the Intramural Fields at CSU. As the ‚ÄúOfficial Coffee Sponsor‚ÄĚ of CSU Athletics, you will also find the Human Bean Coffee Truck selling drinks at sporting events throughout the year and at the concession stands of both Moby Arena and Hughes Stadium.

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The Human Bean Coffee Truck is excited to participate in upcoming¬†community events surrounding¬†Northern Colorado. This week, they’ll be serving up delicious drinks at their local¬†farmers market and summer concerts. So keep your eyes peeled¬†and like¬†The Human Bean Coffee Truck on Facebook because they want to know where you’d like to see them next!

Newly Opened Locations

The Human Bean has two newly opened locations!¬† These¬†two beautiful franchised locations opened¬†this month in two new cities in Oregon; Warrenton & Wilsonville. Both Human Bean drive-thru locations received a warm welcome from their customers and surrounding businesses. Human Bean franchisees are happy to be open and can’t wait¬†to get involved and give back to their respective communities.newly opened locations

Warrenton, OR

The Human Bean of Warrenton opened on October 4th and is the second Human Bean location opened by franchisees Kristi and Adam Israel. ‚ÄúWe love being¬†a part this¬†franchise,” said Kristi, “It was important for us to be a part of a successful brand and The Human Bean has done a great job growing their business.¬†” She shared that her experience opening Warrenton was much smoother than anticipated. “We really knew what to expect after successfully running our Seaside location for seven years,‚ÄĚ said Kristi.

Unique from their first location in Seaside, The Human Bean of Warrenton is located in a fast growing retail area. Kristi says they are prepared to be busier than ever and are excited to grow with the busy business district.

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Community involvement is highly important to Warrenton franchisees,¬†Kristi and Adam. ‚ÄúWe try to separate ourselves from other local coffee stands by really standing out as a supporter of the community,‚ÄĚ said Kristi. They are planning to participate in Warrenton community events the same way they also did in Seaside. They are ready to invest their time and resources to represent The Human Bean in a positive light.

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Wilsonville, OR

Only 4 short days later and nearly 100 miles northeast of Warrenton, The Human Bean of Wilsonville was opened by franchisee, Josh Veentjer, on October 8th. This location marks the first of many as Josh plans to grow The Human Bean into a multi-unit franchise.¬† This would all be¬†within the Portland metropolitan area. ‚ÄúWilsonville is a very nice community and having only been open for two weeks, we are off to a strong start,‚ÄĚ said Josh.

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The Human Bean of Wilsonville is unique. Instead of having two drive-thru windows, it features an innovative single sided drive-thru, plus¬†order station and menu board. ‚ÄúThe single-sided design allowed for greater flexibility situating the building on the lot.¬† We also¬†had the opportunity to offer an inviting expanded patio for our customers,‚ÄĚ said Josh. Wilsonville is only the second Human Bean to operate with this new design; Our corporate store in Newberg, Oregon was the first.

Our warmest congratulations to these newly opened locations and also¬†to¬†our franchisees¬†Kristi & Adam and Josh for successfully opening their locations in Warrenton and Wilsonville. We are so happy to have you on¬†our team!¬† We¬†also can’t wait to see where you bring The Human Bean¬†next!

Learn more about our franchising program HERE.