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The Human Bean

With over 300 locations open and in development across 28 states, The Human Bean is unlike nearly all other franchises, as we do not charge percentage of sales royalty fees. We earn revenues from bulk sales of coffee and other supplies ordered from our franchised locations. At The Human Bean, we work as a team with our franchisees; our franchisees don’t work for us by paying high royalties that take away from their bottom line.

What Does a The Human Bean Franchise Cost?

To buy a franchise with The Human Bean, you'll need to have at least $200,000 in liquid capital. Franchisees can expect to make a total investment of $346,825 - $835,225. The Human Bean charges a franchise fee of $30,000. They also offer financing via 3rd party as well as a discount for veterans ($5,000 off Franchise Fee). *


Financial requirements for this franchise:

Liquid Capital: $200,000
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Franchise Fee: $30,000
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Total Investment: $346,825 - $835,225
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Options available to franchisees:

Financing: Via 3rd party
Training: Available
Veteran Discount: $5,000 off Franchise Fee

Franchisor Details

Facts about this franchise:

Year Founded: 1998
Franchising Since: 2002

The Opportunity

The Human Bean strives to capitalize on the growing premium beverage market. Join us in providing consistent & delicious products with exceptional customer service.

We expect additional growth through approved franchisees throughout the nation. Moving forward, the brand will stay true to the successful operations on which The Human Bean was founded. With exceptional products, attractive and efficient facilities and an exceptionally trained and qualified team, we have the tools needed to be the consumers' brand of choice.

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What Makes Us Better

Unlike nearly all other franchises, we do not charge royalty fees. We earn revenues from bulk sales of coffee and other supplies ordered by our franchised locations. 

At The Human Bean, we work as a team with our franchisees; our franchisees don't work for us by paying high royalties that take away from their bottom line. 

Our goal is for The Human Bean franchisees to enjoy the returns from their investment while receiving the benefits of being part of The Human Bean franchise. 

There's More...

Our building designs aren't limited to double-sided drive-thrus. We offer a single-sided design with a menu board and order station that maintains the speed of our double-sided locations. In fact, our newest corporate store uses this design and we have found that it increases accuracy.  This innovative single-sided design paired with the order station increases flexibility when choosing site locations.

Having successfully managed several corporate locations ourselves, The Human Bean franchise team delivers the experience and expertise to assist you from start to finish in opening your own The Human Bean Espresso Drive-Thru business.

Succeed With a Drive-Thru Coffee Franchise

There are many key components to a successful espresso drive-thru:

  • Site selection
  • Ease of entry and exit
  • High traffic volumes (at least 15,000 cars per day)
  • Located on main morning drive with great visibility from street
  • Superior and consistent product
  • Friendly and efficient staff
  • Specialized barista hiring & training
  • Building design
  • Equipment layout
  • And much, much more

With minimal overhead costs, successful espresso drive-thrus have the potential to earn high-profit margins.

What We Offer

From finding the perfect site to specialty training, our corporate team is ready to help:

  • Site selection assistance
  • Preliminary site plan design
  • Architectural drawings of building choices
  • Full equipment schedules for high volume drink production
  • Complete Operations Manual
  • Full branding with Trademarked name and logo
  • Branded signage, graphics & marketing tools
  • Branded Arabica coffee blends from our farm friendly programs
  • Branded cups and other merchandise
  • Specialized training prior to and during opening

Ideal Candidate

At The Human Bean, we are focused on exceeding all expectations with quality people, quality service, and quality coffee. The ideal franchisee for The Human Bean is a partner who shares our purpose and passion for delivering exceptional service and an authentic experience to our customers and communities one cup of coffee at a time. The ideal candidate should have $200,000 in liquid capital.

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The Human Bean has received the following awards and acknowledgements:

Ranked #97 in 2021 and #88 in 2022, Entrepreneur Magazine has repeatedly featured The Human Bean in their Annual Franchise 500. Recently, The Human Bean was ranked #17 Fastest Growing Restaurant Chain according to Nation’s Restaurant News and recognized by The Franchise Business Review as one of the Top 200 Franchises of 2022


The Human Bean is currently accepting inquiries from the following states:

Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District Of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming,

Interested parties should have at least $200,000 in liquid capital to invest.

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