Coffee, community key at Human Bean
The Human Bean is up and running and the owner said he is looking forward to getting involved in the community.
Alex Frost, owner of the new drive-through coffee hut, located at 40 NE Plum St., said the company has a tradition of getting involved in local communities, as well as giving back to the communities where the coffee comes from.
"We are so excited to finally be open and to serve the Madras community," Frost said.
The shop offers high quality coffee, espresso, teas and smoothies.
"Our coffee beans are roasted here in Oregon and are sourced in a socially responsible manner, meaning farmers are paid a fair market price for their beans," Frost said.
The Human Bean began in Ashland in 1998. Being from southern Oregon, Frost said he remembers going to the shop when he was growing up. "We would always get hot chocolate," he said, mentioning he has always had an interest in the coffee business.
His interest in coffee followed him to college, where like many students, he worked as a barista in an on-campus coffee shop at Oregon State University.
The brand makes it a point to give back to the communities where the beans come from, Frost said. "We give back each year to the coffee farmers and their communities, like installing sources of fresh water, bathrooms and building a school house."
On a local level, the first project the owner is working on is to provide new basketball hoops for Madras Elementary, by donating all of the deposit cans from the Redbull and Rockstar energy drinks the business serves in the shop.
The shop will also be sponsoring a T-ball team this year.
"Our stand manager, Anjanette Ivanov, has lived in Madras for over 17 years and has a passion for coffee and tea," said Frost. Ivanov's favorite drink is any one of the Steven Smith Teas that the shop carries.
For Frost, however, his favorite is the Mexi Mocha, a mocha made with Mexican chocolate powder for a cinnamon-spicy flavor.
The coffee shop is open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.