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Human Bean Ranked #2 as National Coffee Franchise

The Human Bean was ranked as the¬†No. 2 national coffee franchise¬†behind Dunkin’ Donuts in the specialty coffee world according to Entrepreneur magazine.¬† This was¬†on it’s 38th annual Top 500 franchiser list.¬† Overall, the Human Bean ranked #157 out of all franchise types.¬† A recent article in the Medford Mail Tribune details the history and rapid growth of the popular drive-thru coffee franchise on a national level.

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The Human Bean’s first drive-thru coffee franchise location was in Ashland, Oregon in 1998.¬† Nowadays, the drive-thru coffee market in Oregon is saturated with little margin for growth.¬† In a five-mile radius here there are about 45 drive-thru coffee locations where as¬†in other locations, like Reno NV,¬†there are¬†only about¬†six.¬† Also in many states there is no such thing as drive-thru coffee locations.¬† Therefore there is plenty of room for growth for the Human Bean as a national coffee franchise!

National Coffee Franchise Growth

Currently the Human Bean is in 11 states with 68 locations and sales are about $45 million annually.  At last count, Human Bean grinds about 400,000 pounds of coffee and espresso each year.  The Human Bean anticipates a total of 85 locations by the end of 2017.  There are several new locations opening every month with their two newest in Nampa, ID and Odessa, TX.  The goal by the end of next year is to have a total of 100 locations nation-wide.

The initial franchise investment runs between $174,000 and $669,000.  The Human Bean recently sold a nine-store market in the Phoenix, AZ area with the first one going in to Mesa.  Sacramento, CA and new locations in Colorado, Idaho, Texas are also in the works.

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There are currently 10 people in the Medford Corporate office handling administration, equipment support, vendor support and marketing.  Overall, the Corporate company has 160 employees.

In addition to being a growing company, the Human Bean is also a humanitarian company.  They have a direct coffee sourcing program called Farm Friendly Direct.  Beans are sourced from Africa, Latin America, or Asia and they have long standing relationships with their growers.  They are currently helping coffee farmers in Colombia develop their own clean drinking water wells.

Click here to learn more about this rapidly growing national coffee franchise and franchise opportunities.

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.