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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