Sentinel staff report–
The Human Bean opened its drive-thru window to customers for the first time on Friday at its new franchise location on Sunrise Boulevard in Citrus Heights.
Located near the intersection of Old Auburn Road at 7611 Sunrise Blvd., the new coffee drive-thru is open 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The location features a single drive-thru lane, along with a walk-up window.
Amie Wallace, local franchise owner of The Human Bean, owns another franchise location in Rocklin, which has earned an average rating of 4.5-out-of-5 stars from over 190 Yelp reviews since opening in 2015.
Popular drinks at The Human Bean in Rocklin include “The Mexi,” a cinnamon spiced chocolate mocha, and the “snowy,” a white mocha. Each drink also features an edible chocolate-covered espresso bean on top.
The 450-square-foot project has been more than three years in the making, first being proposed in 2016 and then being approved by the Citrus Heights Planning Commission in 2017. Wallace said the project hit some unspecified delays along the way.
“We’re hopeful it will become a regular stop for people who travel through [the] area,” Wallace previously told The Sentinel.
According to a June 26 post on The Human Bean’s Facebook page, hiring is still ongoing to staff the new location. Those interested in applying are asked to email a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oregon-based Human Bean company has around 90 locations in 10 states, most of which are franchise-owned. The company emphasizes its “Farm Friendly Direct” program, which seeks to ensure socially responsible sourcing of coffee beans that mutually benefits the grower as well as the buyer.
According to its website, The Human Bean says farm-direct funds have helped humanitarian efforts in other countries, including the construction of a new schoolhouse in the Papua New Guinea community.