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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.

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!

The Human Bean Drive Thru Ranked #157 for 2017

157-blog-picThe Human Bean is proud to announce that we were ranked #157 in the “2017 Franchise 500” by Entrepreneur! Entrepreneur’s 38th Annual Franchise 500 is described as the world’s best and most comprehensive franchise ranking and states that those franchises honored are recognized for their exceptional performance in areas such as unit growth, financial strength, stability and brand power! We jumped 341 spots up on this list since 2013 which says a lot about the growth and future of our company and we are honored .

The Human Bean was founded 18 years ago in 1998 and the first location was opened in Ashland, Oregon. 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, 52 of those being franchised locations and 13 being corporate locations. We expect to continue this growth through approved franchisees that share the same determination and commitment to our goals for this exceptional brand.

We are expecting to open 20 new drive thru coffee franchise locations throughout the nation this year, which might make you start wondering how you can become a Human Bean Franchisee! Moving forward, the brand will stay true to the successful operations on which The Human Bean was founded. With exceptional products, attractive and efficient facilities and 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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What makes The Human Bean different than nearly all other franchises is that we do not charge percentage-of-sales royalty or marketing fees. We earn revenues from bulk sales of coffee and other supplies. At The Human Bean, we work as a team with our franchisees to assure they have every tool necessary to operate successful drive-thus. Our goal is for Human Bean franchisees to enjoy the returns from their hard work and investment, while receiving the benefits of being part of a family of successful operators.

Plus we have superior high-quality coffee products that are obtained through our Farm Friendly Direct trade program which strives to make a positive difference through direct, socially responsible, coffee sourcing. You can read more about our global commitment to coffee-growing communities here: http://thehumanbean.com/stewardship/

Now is exactly the right time to join the dynamic and growing Human Bean Franchisee Team! You can learn more about how to become a franchise owner at: http://thehumanbean.com/franchise/

Convenience in each Coffee Pod

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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 as single-serve, ready-to-brew, coffee pods!

coffee pods2Human Bean baristas grind French roast coffee beans fresh every morning and brew it throughout the day with state of the art air-pots to ensure the best flavor in every cup.
Enjoy the same freshness and flavor at home with convenient Single-Serve Coffee Pods.

The Human Bean coffee pods are packaged in 12-packs with a whopping 12 grams of coffee filling each fully-recyclable pod. Best part is, the pods fit in all single-serve coffee brewers giving you peace of mind when purchasing.

Find Single-Serve Coffee Pods 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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New Building for Original Ashland Location

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THE HUMAN BEAN IS INVESTING IN NEW STANDS TO BETTER SERVE CUSTOMERS


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

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

The new Ashland location 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!

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 Opens on SOU Campus

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The halls at Southern Oregon University buzzed last Tuesday, Oct. 27th with one exciting message; The Human Bean is celebrating their grand opening with FREE signature drinks!
New this fall 2015, The Human Bean opened their very first walk-in only location 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.
Like the SOU Raiders, The Human Bean calls Southern Oregon home. Back in 1998, The Human Bean opened their very first location in Ashland, Oregon off I-5 Exit 19. Since then, The Human Bean has served as a proud supporter of the community giving back through fundraisers, donation days and sponsorships. Since 1998, The Human Bean has expanded to surrounding cities and states and 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 by offering complimentary signature drinks from 11-3 pm. Excited SOU students, staff and guests chose from Human Bean favorites 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 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

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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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!

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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 opened two beautiful franchised locations 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.The Human Bean of Warrenton opened on October 4th and is the second Human Bean location opened by franchisees Kristi and Adam Israel. “We 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,” 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.

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

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 within the Portland metropolitan area. “Wilsonville is a very nice community and having only been open for two weeks, we are off to a strong start,” said Josh.

The Human Bean of Wilsonville is unique. Instead of having two drive-thru windows, it features an innovative single sided drive-thru, order station and menu board. “The single-sided design allowed for greater flexibility situating the building on the lot, plus we had the opportunity to offer an inviting expanded patio for our customers,” 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 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 and can’t wait to see where you bring The Human Bean next!

Learn more about our franchising program HERE.

New Caldwell Location is Turning Heads

The Human Bean of Treasure Valley introduces a 4th stand in Caldwell, Idaho this month. Since their grand opening on July 10th, the Caldwell community has been enjoying The Human Bean’s delicious drinks, friendly atmosphere and head turning building design.

Caldwell is a western city in Idaho with almost 50,000 residents, all of whom can appreciate a good cup of coffee. Human Bean franchisee, Alex Furioso, said, “Caldwell is an awesome growing city. They have done nothing but welcome us with open arms.” The new Caldwell location demonstrates The Human Bean’s mission of delivering quality products with exceptional customer service. “We are happy to be here, and happy to give them a great product,” said Alex.

Along with offering quality products and great service, the Human Bean of Caldwell’s eye catching curb appeal is unique from the typical Human Bean location. “We wanted a building design that catches people’s attention,” said Alex, “A design that makes them stop and look because it has never been done before.” With recycled barn wood and copper pitched roofs as inspiration, the Human Bean of Caldwell stands out and demands a double-take from the street.

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This is the Furioso’s 4th Human Bean location with several more in various stages of development.

The Human Bean team sends our warmest congratulations to Alex on successfully opening another Human Bean location. We look forward to growing with Alex and the awesome Human Bean Baristas in Caldwell and throughout Canyon and ADA Counties.

Innovation in Newberg, OR

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The Human Bean of Newberg received a warm welcome from the surrounding community after opening in April, 2014. Kimberly Jackson, Portland Regional Manager of The Human Bean said, “What a welcoming town Newberg has been!  Having customers say, ‘welcome to the neighborhood’ warms my heart every time”.

Newberg Oregon is located about 35 Miles Southwest of Portland, Oregon. It is surrounded by a beautiful greenbelt of rural forests and farmlands. The Willamette River creates a natural bowl around the community and the Chehalem Mountains provide a special backdrop for the 23,000 residents. The prestigious Gorge Fox University is just a block away from the Human Bean.

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Order Station featuring Menu Board & Speaker Post

Unique from most of our double-sided Human Bean locations, Newberg features a single-sided drive thru where customers place their order at the order station rather than the window. This design was developed by The Human Bean corporate team after anticipating high demand for the Newberg corner location.  The new order station features a visual menu board, audio speaker post and headsets for the baristas. This effective ordering station allows The Human Bean to maintain the speed of our double-sided drive thru while giving us greater flexibility when choosing new corporate or franchised site locations.

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Newberg Baristas Loving Their Headsets

Along with increasing efficiency and accuracy, the Newberg stand prioritized upholding The Human Bean’s exceptional customer service. Greeting customers using headsets rather than face-to-face interaction was unfamiliar, but our talented Newberg baristas quickly adapted and soon it became second nature. “Having a good time with customers at the order station makes it even more enjoyable for them when they pull up to the window and see a smiling face!” said Shelby.

The Human Bean of Newberg’s success has been a direct result of the hard working and enthusiastic people that make up our team and of the overwhelming support from the Newberg, Oregon community. We are excited to see the growth and future accomplishments our Newberg stand has approaching. Additionally, the success of Newberg represents exciting opportunities for The Human Bean brand both at the corporate level and through franchising. The innovative order station and single-sided drive thru design is proving to be a game changer for our brand development and we cannot wait to explore its potential.