The Human Bean Drive Thru

At a Glance

Products & Services: Specialty coffee

Number of Locations: 56

Total Investment: $168.8K - $654.1K

Founded: 1998

Began Franchising: 2002

About The Human Bean Drive Thru

The Human Bean opened its first store in Ashland, Oregon, in 1998, and more locations were added throughout southern Oregon over the next five years. Franchising of the drive-thru espresso brand began in 2002.

The company's Farm Friendly Direct program encourages environmentally sustainable growing, harvesting and processing methods, rewarding the farmers the company works with by offering above-market prices and using the extra money to fund improvement projects in their communities.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2015 42 0 0 14
2014 37 0 0 12
2013 38 0 0 12
2012 34 0 0 15
2011 35 0 0 12
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $168,800 - $654,050
Franchise Fee: $20,000
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $350,000
Liquid Cash Available: $50,000
10% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 5. Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (90% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
Financing Type In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee
Startup Costs
Accounts Receivable

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 3 weeks. At franchisee's location: at opening.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, Regional advertising,

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #498 (2013), #479 (2012), #493 (2011),