Another drive-thru coffee chain is exploring a Jacksonville presence —The Human Bean.
The Medford, Oregon-based franchiser has more than 300 locations open or in development in 25 states, according to thehumanbean.com.
JEA is reviewing a service availability request for a 562-square-foot drive-thru coffee shop for The Human Bean as a new parcel within Normandy Square at 7900 Normandy Blvd.
The pad is within a Winn-Dixie shopping center and east of the Pizza Hut.
Brixmor is the landlord of the center, whose site plan shows a proposed pad for development.
Goodson Bergen & Associates Consulting Engineers Inc. is the civil engineer.
The menu includes specialty drinks, classics, espressos, frozen favorites, holiday drink specials, and featured drinks Under the Sun and Tropical Breeze refreshers and the peanut butter-flavored Lumberjack Mocha.
The Human Bean says it opened its first drive-thru espresso stand in Ashland, Oregon, in 1998.
“The Human Bean was founded in 1998 with a commitment to developing the very best coffee drive-thru in Southern Oregon,” it says.
“Early success led to franchising the brand and system in 2002,” the site says.
It says that through successfully operating 13 high-volume corporate espresso drive-thrus, “The Human Bean coffee franchise system is highly refined in drink preparation, specialty training and overall drive-thru operations.”
The franchise fee is $30,000. Costs can range from $346,825-$835,225 depending on the site development specifics of the location. A land purchase can increase the costs.
The building is not limited to double-sided drive-thrus. It also has a single-sided design with a menu board and order station that maintains the speed of a double-sided location.
“This innovative single-sided design paired with the order station increases flexibility when choosing site locations. This innovative single-sided design paired with the order station increases flexibility when choosing site locations.”
The corporate website says it expect additional growth through approved franchisees throughout the nation.
It also sells drinkware and apparel.
The Human Bean would join Dunkin’ GO, Ellianos Coffee, Scooters Coffee and 7Brew Coffee in the market.
Ellianos has plans for at least 12 Northeast Florida drive-thru-only options.
Scooters Coffee intends to open up to 16 locations in Northeast Florida.
The 7Brew franchise intends to open at least three drive-thrus in Duval County.
Dunkin’ is adding Dunkin’ GO locations that offer drive-thru and walk-up service.
The one Human Bean identified to open in Florida on its site is in Lake City, which is the corporate headquarters for Ellianos.