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Discover the latest news on what The Human Bean is serving up in their stands today. From delicious drinks to awesome mugs, The Human Bean is always welcoming something new to our brand!

Two new Human Bean Locations to open and be the first in their states of Ohio & Texas!

We are so excited we are able to continue growing and adding to the Human Bean family with new locations opening all over the US every month this year! Our newest drive-thru coffee franchise locations will be located in Canton, Ohio and Odessa, Texas.

New Location to open in Canton, Ohio on March, 7th!

Partners in this location are Southern Oregon Owners, Moni Peterson & Dr. Mark Peterson along with Moni’s brother, Ron Watson, who lives in Canton. Ron says they had been brainstorming on a franchise company to open in Southern Oregon for years but nothing had proved to be that appealing. One day on his annual summer visit to the Rogue Valley they were sitting outside a Human Bean drive-thru coffee location talking while drinking their Human Bean coffee and it dawned on them that maybe it would be a good idea to instead open a franchise in Canton, Ohio and be the first to bring the Human Bean brand to the state. It turned out Dr. Mark Peterson had gone to school with one of the founders of Human Bean and after getting in touch and learning more about the franchise, and meeting the other owners, the rest is history!
Choosing the location proved to be just as effortless. A small green square of land in the middle of a popular shopping Plaza had just been listed and met all the criteria. Ron thinks it will be a great location because of all the traffic. There are 3 entrances/exits, 1 with a traffic light, it is less than 1 mile from the Expressway and 24,000 cars pass by this location every day. Inside the Plaza is one of the most active Planet Fitness locations in Ohio, as well as a Sky Zone Jump center and many other attractions.
Ron has a background in Sales & Marketing & Graphic Art which will prove to be an asset in running a Human Bean franchise location. They have plans to open 2 or 3 or maybe even more locations in the area in the near future. Currently, they are looking at a location in Alliance, about 15 miles away and also have their eyes on a couple of locations in North Canton about 5 miles away.
Ron says the process of working with the Human Bean to open his first franchise has been great. “A potential franchise owner called me for a referral the other day and I had nothing but good things to say,” he says.
New Location to open in Odessa, Texas in April


Owner Maurice Torano sums it up perfectly by saying, “At Human Bean, it’s about the customer – it’s that simple and appealing!” Maurice says he always admired the Human Bean, but didn’t really know much about them. Upon learning more, he says, “Human Bean matches my style and values so much better than the other franchises.” He finds this to be the main difference that sets the Human Bean apart, “The customer service ethos is unmatched! It’s not about how to order, how to pronounce something, how cool the barista is or how urbane and up-to-the second their image is, it’s about the customer.”
Maurice’s background is in commercial and real estate development in and around Southern Oregon and Northern California. When the real-estate market was hit in 2007, he found his way to North Dakota and re-invented himself in the oil and gas world, managing large scale projects for two major oil and gas service companies, eventually landing in West Texas. Upon moving to Midland-Odessa in late 2012 he immediately noticed there were only 2-3 Starbucks for a population of over 300,000 people and saw the need for a drive-thru coffee franchise like the Human Bean.
Maurice is looking to open his first franchise location in Odessa on East University Boulevard, in early April. He plans to open additional locations in Midland and Odessa before years end.
At the Human Bean we are thrilled to introduce ourselves to the states of Ohio and Texas! To learn more about becoming a franchise owner and bringing the Human Bean to your area, visit our website at: https://thehumanbean.com/franchise/

Sneak Preview’s Best of Medford Poll votes the Human Bean Favorite Place to get Coffee & Favorite Barista of Medford!!!

We are so proud and grateful that the people of Medford have spoken and voted the Human Bean as their Favorite Place to get Coffee in Medford AND also gave the Favorite Barista award to our very own, Justine. The Sneak Preview has been conducting the very popular Best of Medford poll for years now and we all look forward to it each year for the recommendations on best places to do business and where to eat and drink within our local community.
The Sneak Preview is one print publication that locals look forward to reading! This upbeat & lively publication has been resting on coffee tables for over 26 years…with a circulation of nearly 100,000 copies a month, the Sneak Preview has a very large voice in our community and we are thrilled that their readers have voted for the Human Bean!
Let us tell you a little bit about Justine, voted Favorite Barista in Medford. She has worked for the Human Bean for 6 years and is currently the Manager of the Rossanley location. Justine grew up in the Rogue Valley and enjoys the outdoors by hiking, rock climbing and doing yoga in her free time. When asked what her favorite part of the job is she says, “The customers, the girls, the coffee! It’s fun to work here; we get to make coffee and talk to people all day and there isn’t anything better than that!” We are so happy to have her as part of our Human Bean team!

And in case you don’t know
here is just a little bit about The Human Bean.
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 and 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 (just like Justine!) and offering the highest quality ingredients.
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. We expect to continue this growth through approved franchisees that share the same determination and commitment to our goals for this exceptional brand.

Come visit one of our many locations in the Rogue Valley today to see for your selves what everyone is talking about! We have a full menu of espresso drinks, smoothies, RockStars, and more with monthly specials to look forward to and punch cards to earn free drinks! We thank all of you for your business and look forward to continuing to serve you quality coffee with a smile! www.thehumanbean.com

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/

Another New Location Opens in Lake Havasu, AZ – The Human Bean shows no Signs of Slowing Down!

Coffee consumption continues to grow, but this is not the black drip coffee of the past! One third of the population drinks a gourmet coffee or espresso beverage each day and drive-thru options only continue to grow in popularity due to our fast paced and on-the-go lifestyles. Although in a hurry, consumers are not willing to sacrifice quality for convenience which makes The Human Bean’s award winning Farm-Friendly Direct coffee and high quality products the perfect combination.
Headquartered in Oregon, The Human Bean has opened six new coffee franchises in the past six months in five different states (Missouri, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado & Arizona). The latest of which was the third location to open in the Lake Havasu area November, 14th. This location brought the total Human Bean count to 64.havasu-pic
Brian & Juls Baumkirchner, owners of all three Havasu locations, said they came into the role of Human Bean Franchisee when they took over the first location at 633 North Lake Havasu Avenue in 2007. The Baumkirchners saw the potential for this location to be the bustling coffee drive-thru destination that it is today. Their other two locations are on South McCulloch and now North Palo Verde on Highway 95. Between the three locations they are able to provide employment for 30 employees plus 1 handyman, 1 machine maintenance person and 1 bookkeeper.
Brain Baumkirchner said they chose this new location because many of their customers had constantly asked for it. “The North side of town doesn’t have very many business establishments for the residents and tourists alike. Additionally this location has higher traffic when compared to the two other locations.” Couple that with the fact that it has a double drive through and ample vehicle cueing; it is designed to provide the very best customer experience.
The Baumkirchners also have letters of intent for additional locations signed in nearby cities. Baumkirchner credits this growth to the brand supporting their franchisees and says, “The Human Bean Team has become like a family for us.” Human Bean co-founder, Dan Hawkins, states “Brian and Juls are phenomenal operators and it is a joy to get to work with them. They have a passion for creating the very best customer experience and the results are really something special!”
Baumkirchner sums it up nicely when he says, “It’s amazing to be a part of a quality brand and system that grew to 3 stores with proper management. Like I always tell people, ‘If the coffee wasn’t superior and service was sub-par, we wouldn’t exist!’”
The kind of growth Baumkirchner has experienced speaks for the brand as a whole and the Human Bean shows no signs of slowing down on growth with plans to open at least 19 more franchise locations by the end of 2017 throughout the US bringing the total to 82.human-bean-havasu-3

 

Sipping on Sunshine!

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You can’t go wrong with these six iced & blended favorites. Give them all a try this season.

1. Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie 

How it’s made: Need an afternoon pick-me-up?? Try a yummy fruit smoothie blended from real fruit puree and creamy ice cream. Best part is, all our all-natural fruit smoothies are on special for the whole month of June! Try them all!

Barista inside-scoop: With so many yummy options available, switch-up your smoothie for never ending refreshment! The raspberry peach and strawberry lemonade smoothies are delicious!

2. Java Chip Granita 

How it’s made: Mini dark chocolate chips and sweet ice cream meet roasty espresso before blending to perfection.

Barista inside-scoop: Delicious with or without caffeine. The Java Chip Smoothie still has every ounce of chocolaty goodness.

3. Frozen Hot Chocolate 

How it’s made: Your favorite winter weather treat is ready for summer! Premium hot cocoa blends with ice cream to satisfy true chocolate lovers.

Barista inside-scoop: Add a hint of toasted marshmallow to this frozen favorite.

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4. Green Tea Smoothie

How it’s made: An irresistible blend of sweet green tea and creamy ice cream is pick-me-up perfection if you ask us!

Barista inside-scoop: A scoop of blackberry or raspberry turns this creamy smoothie into a refreshing afternoon treat.

5. Rockstar Energy Drink

How it’s made: Sweet syrups brighten bubbly Rockstars with vibrant colors and flavors.

Barista inside-scoop: Infuse with fruit flavors like blue raspberry, pomegranate or passion fruit. Can’t decide on just one flavor, go with your top TWO favorites!

6. Blended Chai Latte

How it’s made: Concentrated chai tea meets sweet ice cream and cold shaved ice creating a smooth & refreshing Blended Chai you’ll love.

Barista inside-scoop: Add a scoop of vanilla and top with whipped cream & cinnamon sprinkles for a real treat.

The next time you’re craving something icy on a hot day,
you’ll find your refreshment at The Human Bean.

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!

Bringing The Bean to Eugene

The Human Bean opened location #1 in Ashland, Oregon in 1998 but it didn’t take long for the brand to build a reputation for excellent coffee & customer service. The Human Bean soon expanded to surrounding cities and across Oregon through corporate development and approved franchises. Today, The Human Bean has grown to 60 locations in 9 states with a majority still operating in its home state of Oregon. We are excited to bring The Human Bean to another city in Oregon this month; Eugene, we know you’re ready for us!

Eugene is Oregon’s second largest city following Portland with over 160,000 residents. It is home to the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) and has earned the title of, “TrackTown USA”, after being the birthplace of athletic mega-brand Nike and hosting multiple Olympic trials.

Bringing The Human Bean to “TrackTown USA” is Eugene native, Lauren Karcher. “I have a love affair with this city,” says Karcher, and “we feel so fortunate to open the very first Human Bean here”. The culture of The Human Bean brand is “kind, genuine and fun” and it strives to give back locally through fundraisers and sponsorships. The Human Bean will be a natural fit for the community-minded city of Eugene.

Along with the brand, Eugene residents can expect many benefits from The Human Bean’s drive-thru design. The Human Bean features a double-sided drive thru that fosters both convenience and customer service. “The drive-thru lets our customers stay inside their warm cars, get their favorite drinks quickly, and still gives us time to connect with them!” says Karcher.

Karcher chose to franchise with The Human Bean after visiting many locations around Oregon. “While I am very much hooked on the drinks, the culture and the people of Human Bean is really why I fell in love,” says Karcher.

Karcher’s goal for The Human Bean is to expand the brand everywhere she can, focusing on the Eugene area. “Once we find the sites, I will do everything I can to make it happen,” says Karcher.

“I am blessed to help start and end people’s day with a positive vibe & delicious drink.”
-Lauren Karcher

The Human Bean corporate team is elated to welcome Karcher to our franchise family and can’t wait to see the successes to come from the new Eugene location. For updates about this stand & grand opening dates, LIKE The Human Bean Eugene Facebook Page. For more information about franchising, visit The Human Bean official website here.

Opening Soon in Missouri!

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 The Human Bean’s convenient, consistent and customer focused brand grew and soon after opening in Ashland, we expanded to surrounding cities in Oregon and steadily grew to nearby states.

This season, we are excited to announce that we are bringing The Human Bean to state number 9 with the opening of our 58th location in St. Joseph, Missouri!

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Located along the Missouri River and about 60 miles north of Kansas City, St. Joseph is rich with history and home to almost 80,000 residents. Among those residing in St. Joseph is HB franchisee, Erin Albright-Milek.

Albright-Milek discovered The Human Bean while vacationing in Albany, OR. She fell in love with the brand and was impressed by the qualified baristas that took her order. Once she tasted her Snowy Mocha and The Human Bean’s signature chocolate covered espresso bean on top, she was hooked!

After visiting additional locations and learning more about the brand, Albright-Milek discovered The Human Bean Franchise offered something special. The fun atmosphere and positive spirit demonstrated by the baristas was contagious and “we want to offer the same great experience in our area,” said Albright-Milek.

In addition, The Human Bean’s focus on community involvement excited and inspired Albright-Milek. Since 2002, The Human Bean’s largest annual fundraiser, Coffee for A Cure, has raised over $850,000 for local breast health centers. Along with her interest in participating in Coffee for A Cure, “we’d like to show support for other organizations in our immediate area as well,” said Albright-Milek.

Albright-Milek and her team are working hard to open their first stand on 4414 Commons Drive in St. Joseph by early March. Once they become great at what they do and establish The Human Bean within the St. Joseph community, they plan to eventually expand the brand to the Kansas City area.

The Human Bean expects to continue this growth through approved franchisees that share the same determination and commitment to our goals for this exceptional brand. If you are interested in learning more about The Human Bean franchise opportunities in areas that remain available for development, please refer to the Franchise page.