Human Bean coffee journey by moving to open Kent location in August

KENT, Ohio – The Human Bean Coffee Campaign is opening its newest Northeast Ohio location next month in Kent at 1713 E. Main St. In front of the Acme Fresh Market.

The exact opening date for August has not yet been determined.

Ron Watson is the director of operations for the new location and additional Northeast Ohio stores in Canton, Straitsboro, and Green, all of which are the same size and design. According to Watson, stores dedicated to cars occupy only 560 square feet. He said the warehouse-ready design and identical layout allow for a “faster and cleaner” method of operation.

Watson wasn’t a big coffee drinker until he tried The Human Bean on a trip to Oregon about six years ago. Now, he is hooked.

The Human Bean offers a variety of coffees, teas, specialty coffee drinks, fruit juices made with real fruit, breakfast sandwiches, muffins, bagels, muffins and energy drinks — which can also be added to smoothies, Watson said. What sets the brand apart from other coffee shops is its commitment to providing high-quality ingredients and a wide range of brew flavors for drinks, according to Watson.

“Human Bean owns a coffee roaster in Portland, Oregon, and they have farms that grow beans for them all over the world. In fact, we’re planning to visit their farm in Costa Rica next year. So these farms and farmers are growing beans for The Human Bean. So they know The quality they get every time is the same.

Watson said customers often comment on the smoothness of The Human Bean’s coffee.

The chain offers more than 70 flavors of syrup for drinks.

“We have every flavor you can think of as well as a huge selection of sugar-free flavors,” Watson said. “My favorite is the peach-flavored iced green tea.”

Other products offered by the store include Smith Teas, a company created by Tazo Tea founder Steven Smith, and Ghirardelli Chocolate.

The Kent store will employ approximately 10 people, most of them part-time, according to Watson, who said the store operates across all of its Northeast Ohio locations.

Kent store opening hours will be Monday through Friday from 5 am to 9 pm, Saturday from 6 am to 9 pm, and Sundays from 6 am to 8 pm

The Human Bean is an Oregon coffee engine that began in 1998 and has grown to nearly 300 locations in 25 states, according to its website.

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