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.
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.
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.
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