Baristas at The Human Bean will begin pouring coffee and other specialty beverages at 205 S. Hwy 395 beginning Friday, October 27th. Customers are invited to come get a first taste of the drive-thru’s offerings, including specialty-grade coffee, real-fruit smoothies, whole-leaf teas, and hot breakfast items to-go.

Local owners of the new Human Bean location, Kevin & Cindy Granger and Aaron & Brittney Beamer, say the staff look forward to providing above-par products and exceptional customer service — all with a signature chocolate-covered espresso bean on top.

“Brittney has wanted to own a coffee shop since 2009, when she worked as a barista at Sam’s Corner Market in Milton-Freewater. All four of us, including the grandkids love the variety of drinks from coffee, smoothies, tea, and energy drinks” Cindy Granger says. “After looking into what The Human Bean stood for, we believed in their culture, values, and integrity. It is a true fit for our family.” 

With a reputation for cheerful baristas and sustainably-sourced coffee, The Human Bean coffee company has grown from a single location in southern Oregon to a nationwide brand over the last 24 years. Drive-thru stands throughout the U.S. are primarily owned and operated by individual franchisees like The Grangers and Beamers, who have a passion for bringing “coffee with a smile” to their communities.

The Human Bean franchise CEO, Dan Hawkins, attributes the company’s growth to a community-minded mentality and treating everyone “like a kind human bean.” With quarterly charity donations and many smaller local initiatives, the company strives to make staff, partners, vendors, and customers feel valued.

Customers can join the feel-good vibes by participating in several fundraising events throughout the year, including the brand-wide Coffee for a Cure day in October and Mochas for Men in June. All The Human Bean drive-thrus participate in the fundraisers each year, and collectively raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for women’s and men’s cancer prevention and treatment.

All of the money raised by the Hermiston drive-thru location will stay in the community and be given to a local organization of the staff’s choosing.

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