To be Simply The Best roaster and
global retailer of specialty coffee and tea.
To create a spirit within our Company that inspires
our Team Members to provide our customers with a
Total Quality Experience: Quality of Product, Service and Environment.
The concept for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® stores was born during a
trip the founders Herb and Mona Hyman took to Europe. After touring
the many outstanding coffee shops throughout Europe, the couple
decided to bring the specialty coffeehouse concept to America. The Coffee
Bean & Tea Leaf® was established in 1963 opening their first store in
Los Angeles, California which continues to operate today as one of our
highest volume and highest profile stores.
Over the next 35 years, Herb continued to grow his coffee business
throughout Southern California. Flavor and a handcrafted feel became
cornerstones of his business. He would blend coffee varieties per
customer requests and roast them to their liking. These personalized
requested have even been used in formulating some of our more popular
blends today. In 1996 the company was franchised in Asia. The business
did so well in Singapore and Malaysia that the company was purchased
from the Hymans and our first franchisee became the franchisor.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® has grown to be the largest and oldest
privately held specialty coffee and tea retailer in the U.S. With over
800 stores worldwide, we have a strong presence and reputation for
excellence as part of communities all over the globe. Company owned
| The first The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® store in Los Angeles, California Circa 1963 stores are located in California, Arizona, Singapore and Malaysia. Our
growing franchised locations, include stores in
California, Hawaii, Michigan, Nevada, Texas,
Australia, Brunei, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Israel, East Malaysia
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® has been innovating–and growing–since 1963. “Find Your Flavor”
(Sabah), Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South
isn’t just our slogan; it’s a commitment to our customers and the foundation upon which Korea, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam. Each year, The Coffee Bean & Tea
we operate. Taste matters and so does our culinary approach to flavor. Our handcrafted Leaf® serves over 100 million coffee and tea beverages worldwide.
beverages can be made-to-order and customized to a customer’s preference. It’s not just about
making the perfect drink, it’s about honoring the values of the communities we serve.
Our Team Members are trained to listen and respond to each customer with
a personalized beverage that sets the standard for excellence. The Coffee Bean | The first The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf ®
coffee roaster (top) and weighing scale (left), circa 1963
& Tea Leaf® prides itself on our innovation and quality, offering one of the
most extensive selections of specialty coffee and tea from around the world. 1963 Founders Herb and Mona Hyman open 1980 Multi-store expansion begins, 1989 The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®
first store, offering whole-bean coffee and offering a variety of coffee and tea beverages invents The Original Ice Blended® Drinks
Customers come to The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®
to enjoy their favorite beverages delivered with
outstanding service in a relaxing and friendly
environment. Our cafés are warm, inviting
places where everyone is welcome to hang out,
relax, and savor the best coffees and teas in
the world. Whether customers in your area
tend to zoom in for a quick cup to-go or like
to hang out and soak up the atmosphere, café
environments can be scaled and styled to suit
local customs and life styles. Team Members.
Our Team Members, baristas and café servers,
are enthusiastic and informed
aficionados carefully trained
to assist customers to
“Find their Flavor” and
At The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, we put people first. From our coffee
and tea origin suppliers to our retail store Team Members and loyal
customers, we consider everyone part of our extended family. We
provide specialized training so that each Team Member is able to build
bonds of trust with our customers and their guests. By demonstrating
our Core Values (known as FROTH, or Friendly, Respect, Ownership,
Teamwork and Honesty), we inspire all employees to treat each other
with respect and to provide the Total Quality Experience our customers
have come to expect when they visit The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®.
| This page: Our Team Members build relationships
1996 Singapore – the opening of 1998 The first franchisee becomes the franchisor – 1998 Launches 2001 First U.S. franchise 2004 Partners with Adopt-A- 2005 Establishes 2006 2006 2006 Debuts new non-dairy
the first The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® private family consortium acquire ownership of Hot Tea Latte store opens (Las Vegas, Nevada) Classroom program throughout Caring Cup Global 400th store opens 500th store opens tea-based frozen beverage line:
franchised store The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® corporate entity. outside California California, Nevada, and Arizona Charity Program Fru-Tea® Drinks
Our Coffee and Tea Our Beverage, Retail &
For over 47 years, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® has been proudly offering Simply the Best™ coffee and Bakery Products
teas in the world. From the mountains of Southern Colombia to the tea fields of Sri Lanka, our
Since 1963, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® has stood for fine ingredients,
expert coffee and tea buyers travel the globe to find and secure the very best crops from small
great taste and innovation. We source our products from the greatest
artisan farms and private estates.
places in the world, roast our coffees and blend our teas by hand and not
From seed to cup, an equitable way to do the right thing. only allow our customers to customize their drinks but help them “Find
Their Flavor” by tailoring beverages exactly to their liking.
At The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, our passion extends far beyond the crops we cultivate and the
beverages our customers enjoy. From seed to cup, we constantly work to maintain a direct We are proud of our numerous industry firsts. The Original Ice Blended®
relationship with our growing farms. Buying directly from the grower affords us exclusivity is the beverage that started the frozen coffee drink craze, creating a new
as well as incomparable product quality. More importantly, maintaining these simple, direct drink category that is now world famous.
and honest relationships assures our Company, our growers and our customers a fair and
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® did not settle for syrups when customers
transparent supply chain.
started requesting mochas, instead we created proprietary powders.
COFFEE Our French Deluxe™ Vanilla and Special Dutch™ Chocolate powders are
industry firsts that give our coffee drinks a flavor vastly superior to any
We purchase specialty grade Arabica coffee beans from three distinct regions:
Latin America, the Asia Pacific, and East Africa. How coffee looks, tastes and other – creamy and smooth.
smells has much to do with where it comes from, and how it was grown. All our
imported coffees have been cultivated at high altitude - between 3,500 and With our gourmet powders and hand blended teas as a base, the Chai
6,000 feet - because cooler temperatures slow the beans’ ripening time, and Latte and Tea Latte were invented and popularized by The Coffee Bean
create more concentrated, flavorful coffees. & Tea Leaf® during the mid-1990’s. The unique components of our
We personally travel the globe to find the best quality harvests. We nurture beverages are sold in our stores and online, helping our customers enjoy
long lasting direct relationships with our growers, going beyond fair trade, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® experience at home and around the world.
not only for the high quality of their product, but also for their Earth-friendly
growing practices and social responsibility standards in particular, the Our full line of baked goods is made from the highest quality
conscientious way they treat their workers and families.
ingredients, most of which are from our own proprietary recipes and
baked with care at our company owned kosher bakery facility in Santa
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® commitment to quality starts with going beyond fair
trade with the direct relationships we build with our tea growers, continues From our hand crafted beverages to flavorful, freshly baked pastry,
with the processing of our whole leaf teas, and extends to the handcrafted
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® always delivers a Total Quality Experience.
world-class drinks we serve in our stores.
We are very proud that many of our tea growers in countries such as Sri
Lanka, India, Thailand, and Kenya practice environmental sustainability. | Top photo: Tamping of fresh espresso
Our growers in Thailand, for example, use peanut shells and grass to cover | Middle photo: Unique tea blends are displayed in jars
exposed land, reducing erosion, while preparing a healthy, robust soil for
future seasons. | Bottom photo: Freshly baked goods in our case
2006 Enters new franchised territories 2007 600th store opens and for the 2008 Launches made-to-order 2008 Hits the 2008 Enters new franchised 2008 Runs “Support From 2009 Enters new franchised
with store openings in Bahrain, Egypt first time franchise stores outnumber yogurt and oatmeal breakfast 700 store mark territories with store openings Home” campaign to support territories with store openings in Oman,
and Qatar, internationally, and Ralph’s, company stores program in India, Mexico and Vietnam military personnel internationally, and Texas, domestically
Our Master Artisans
Jay Isais Jesse Martinez-Beltran David De Candia
Senior Director of Coffee, Master Coffee Roaster Director of Tea, Buyer
Roasting, and Manufacturing & Master Blender
Jesse is responsible for the careful roasting
Jay combs the world’s finest coffee growing and blending of all coffee beans at our main David sources and develops our premium teas
regions, from Latin America and East Africa facility in Southern California. Over the and is one of the world’s leading tea experts.
to South Asia and the Pacific, sampling and past 15 years, Jesse has worked diligently to He has been an enthusiastic advocate on the
selecting the regions’ best harvests, then become a Master Roaster. He oversees the daily benefits of tea — both in-house and to the
overseeing our blending and roasting process. roasting to ensure each small batch is done general public. He travels the world to find the
to perfection. He has traveled throughout finest ingredients and is constantly researching
In sourcing the world’s greatest coffees,
the coffee-growing regions of the world and and testing new flavor possibilities. David is a
Jay travels from one end of the tropics to
served as an International Juror for The Cup driving force in giving back to origin countries
the other, from Costa Rica and Colombia to
of Excellence®. He is also a member of the with programs that benefit local farmers,
Ethiopia and Papua New Guinea, cultivating
Specialty Coffee Association of America’s their families, and communities. David’s
close relationships with local growers. The
(SCA A) Roaster’s Guild and a licensed passion for tea and his artistry in creating new
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® is proud to offer a range
Q Grader. flavor combinations have been instrumental
of specialty grade coffees we proclaim to be
in keeping The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® on the
Simply the Best™.
cutting edge of beverage innovation.
Jay is responsible for selecting and buying
the highest-quality green coffee beans
from the world’s finest growing regions, as
well as the manufacturing, warehousing,
and worldwide distribution of our coffee
and tea products. He has over 25 years of
industry experience, holding both operations
management and buying positions in the
coffee industry. Jay is a founding member of | Left photo: Jesse Martinez-Beltran (left) & Jay Isais (right)
coffee tasting as they do for every roast, of every day.
the Roasters Guild, a volunteer instructor
for the SCA A, a certified judge for the Cup | Right photo: David De Candia smelling the sweet aroma of tea.
of Excellence® program (A.C.E.), a licensed | Bottom right: David showcases the premium ingredients
used in creating our unique tea blends.
Q Grader, and an APICS Certified Supply
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® is one of the Over the past five years, The Coffee Bean &
world’s oldest and largest privately held coffee Tea Leaf® has added nearly 500 stores to its
retailers. In 20 countries, The Coffee Bean & global network – growing from 304 stores
Tea Leaf® serves more than 100 million coffee to over 776 at the end of 2009. That’s a
and tea beverages each year and over 20,000 new store opening every four days.
Ice Blended® drinks a day. In addition, our coffee
line can be found in more than 500 grocery Key Statistics:
stores throughout California and online • 39% Compounded Annual Growth Rate (cagr)
throughout the US. • Over 500 stores operated by 30+ franchisees.
• Serving 1,000,000 customers around the
world each week.
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
US Company Stores 138 164 192 201 189 180
Asia Company Stores 79 77 78 87 89 91
Franchise Stores 87 137 230 347 444 505
Total Stores 304 378 500 635 722 776
| Right: Interior of store in Austin, Texas
| Left: Exterior of store in Austin, Texas
Our coffees and teas originate from some of the richest
and most fertile growing regions throughout the world:
Austin, USA Saket, India
Ho Chih Minh City, Vietnam
Teas COffees sTORe LOCaTIONs
Darjeeling India Brazil Nicaragua United states Middle east asia & australia
assam India Colombia Papua New Guinea arizona australia
Cape south africa Costa Rica Tanzania California Brunei
Thailand ethiopia Uganda egypt
Hawaii Israel China
Taiwan Guatemala Usa (Kona)
China Indonesia - Michigan Kuwait India
sri Lanka Java, sumatra, Bali Recent Limited editions Nevada Oman Indonesia
Japan Jamaica Peru Texas Qatar Malaysia
Brazil Kenya Nepal saudi arabia Philippines
Kenya Mexico India Latin america Uae singapore
ecuador (Galápagos) Mexico south Korea
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least fifteen (15) states in the United States of America (the “USA”), at least three (3) Canadian provinces, and at least 13 other countries that regulate the offer and sale of franchises. In all states
in the USA, federal law requires pre-sale disclosure of franchises. If you are a resident of one of these states, provinces or countries, or of any jurisdiction that hereafter regulates the offer and
sale of franchises, are receiving this message in the USA or the other countries listed above, or intend to operate a franchise or business opportunity in the USA or these countries, we will not
offer you a franchise or business opportunity unless and until we have complied with applicable pre-sale registration and/or disclosure requirements in the applicable jurisdiction.
No offer of a franchise by us to you will be binding on us, and no franchise will be granted by us to you, until both: (a) all conditions precedent to its offer and acceptance have been fully
satisfied by you and us; and (b) we have delivered to you a fully executed area development agreement (“ADA”) signed by our President. Any action you take, or expenditures you make prior to
your receipt of a fully executed ADA (and our notification to you that all conditions precedent to its execution have been met), are at your own risk.
The Total Package
ORIGIN ROasTING & DIsTRIBUTION THIRD PaRTy DIsTRIBUTORs THe sTORes
farms and estates – We have personal Our privately owned and operated facility is Our 3rd party distributors are, equipped with stores – Each new location becomes a part
relationships with the families that own and located in Southern California. This state a 50,000-square-foot warehouse located in of the community and a welcome oasis for our
run the coffee farms and tea estates. As we of the art plant is where all our whole bean Compton, California, where our finished customers. We’re passionate about our product
have become a part of their lives we have coffees are tested and roasted fresh daily and products are sent for distribution and and proud of our company’s heritage.
gained access to parts of the land we may where all of our whole leaf teas and flavored shipping. Daily shipments to our stores ensure
otherwise not. Field 17 at the Bogawantalawa infusions blended and packaged. the freshest, most satisfying coffee and tea
Tea Estate in Sri Lanka is considered to products available anywhere. Our Customer
produce the finest tea in the world. The tea Service department, which takes care of all
from that field never goes to auction, but orders for 20 countries, is also located here.
through our relationship with the estate, is
sold directly to The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®.
Coffee nursery, Costa Rica
Bags of green coffee, RAD California
Coffee farm, Costa Rica Roasting coffee, RAD
Direct Trade Relationships
Direct trade means that we maintain a direct relationship with Austin, Texas
the actual producer. By maintaining a simple, direct, and honest
relationship with each of our suppliers based on our guiding
principals, we can assure ourselves and our customers of a fair and
From the sustainable farms where our products originate to our strong and healthy
transparent supply chain. We’re part of the process from the seed
distribution and supply chains, we’re a complete business solution.
all the way to when you take a sip from our freshly brewed tea.
| Bottom left photo: Paul Balzer, Vice President of Supply Chain, at the Bogawantalawa Tea Estate, Sri Lanka
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® is a well known, highly
respected brand name. We’re located in many key markets
internationally and our business continues to experience
dramatic growth across the US and the world. We strive to
have stores everywhere our customers work, live and play.
With an ability to adapt to market-specific demands and
location-specific needs, we take into consideration the
environment, local community standards, cultural nuances,
customer habits and market demands. Each franchise store
is uniquely planned based on our brand standards and then
tailored to meet the individual requirements of every
Make our success yours.
With 50 years of experience in the specialty coffee segment, The Special Distribution Store category
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® has built a strong and complete
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® is a leader in developing non-traditional franchised locations that
business infrastructure and offers comprehensive franchise
have won wide acceptance across the industry. We start by understanding the culture of the
resources. We have worldwide distribution capabilities and
an integrated supply chain - owning the experience from specific location. We then embed a custom-configured The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® cafe within the
Farm to Customer. Exclusive and proprietary recipes for footprint of a larger institution, i.e., grocery stores, airports, hotels, hospitals, or universities.
beverages, pastries, and café meals are created by our internal Within the past year, our franchisees have opened nine new SDS locations, bringing the total
product development team who ensures each item is crafted number of non-traditional locations throughout North America to 85. Recent openings include
to our premium standards. Our real estate and development several prominent film studios, the University of Southern California, numerous airport
team assists in store designs, specs and construction. The
locations and 50 cafes within Ralph’s Grocery Stores. This model allows our customers to
support team includes dedicated franchise trainers and
find their favorite beverage everywhere they go, while improving the customer experience and
ongoing franchise support. We believe in finding the right
increasing revenues for the institution.
partner and growing together. Our franchisees maintain the
integrity of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® name and continue
to expand and strengthen the brand across the world.
| Top photo: California store
| Left Photo: Singapore
| Middle photo: Vietnam store
| Right Top to Bottom: Korea, Indonesia,
| Bottom photos: Mexico store Univeristy of California, Riverside
| Kio, a tea estate worker from Mukengeria, Kenya
| Nariño, Colombia: Multi-purpose room is built for the children
of local coffee families with the help of the Caring Cup program.
Charitable Initiatives Caring Cup Origins
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® works with a selected number of charities At The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, quality product and quality of life go hand in hand. That’s why
through our Caring Cup initiatives, which benefit domestic and international organizations. we insist that origin farms practice environmentally safe cultivation and offer fair wages to their
workers, enabling them to provide for their family’s welfare. We also work closely with growers
The Help Group – This organization serves children with autism, Asperger’s syndrome, in origin countries to develop programs that give back to the local communities, ensuring that
learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, mental retardation and emotional challenges. At The Coffee revenue from the sale of our products is more fairly and equitably distributed all along the supply
Bean & Tea Leaf® store locations, customers are invited to sign a holiday-themed card in exchange chain. Below you will find a selection of some of our most successful ongoing programs.
for a $1 donation and then “deck the walls” of the stores. 100% of the proceeds from these
Kenya – Working with local authorities, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®
donations are given to The Help Group. The company also donated an additional $1 from
recently finished construction of a nursery school in the Mukengeria
every purchase of its whole bean, 16 oz. Holiday Blend coffee and Winter Dream Tea® tin to
district of Kenya, where some of our most popular black teas are
The Help Group.
cultivated. This school, is certain to offer new hope to local families,
support from Home – The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® stores in the U.S. recently participated while reinforcing our company’s core values.
in a program developed to support military troops stationed overseas. Customers were invited
Colombia – In collaboration with Empresas de Nariño, a local
to purchase a special coffee blend and write personalized messages right on the package. With
coffee grower, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® donates a portion of the
the help of the organization Soldier’s Angels and Fisher House™, the campaign was hugely
proceeds from every one-pound bag of its Colombian coffee to build
successful– over 18,000 pounds of coffee were, purchased, and shipped to military personnel
and improve schools in the Nariño region of Colombia.
overseas during this 3-month effort.
sri Lanka – In 2003, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® funded the
Local store Initiatives – Each store is provided a budget to give back to their local
construction of the Bogawantalawa tea estate community center, where
communities. Whether it is donating product or a portion of the proceeds from sales on specific
the company buys its Ceylon teas. Additionally a portion of the sales
items to charities, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® strives to be a caring and compassionate
of our Ceylon teas benefits the Aid Lanka Kids Foundation, which
provides care and education to orphans at the Jeevanie School for Girls.
In addition, many employees are active in the communities they serve and are often the ones
ethiopia – Through sales of Ethiopian coffee, The Coffee Bean & Tea
who research and recommend the initiatives in which The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® participates.
Leaf® donates to the Kidane Mhret Students’ Self-Help Association,
Employees are also encouraged to get to know their customers and build relationships so that
which provides library services, tutoring, school supplies and
they’re aware of the local community’s needs. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® often receives letters of
educational facilities to local children.
appreciation from customers throughout the world detailing the positive impact these programs
have had-and continue to have. India – Warm meals are often a rarity in the developing world where
many of our products are grown and cultivated. The Coffee Bean & Tea
Leaf® recently presented 150 petroleum stoves to be installed in the homes of tea pluckers working
on the Shree Dwarika tea estate in Darjeeling, India.
Papua New Guinea – A donation of funds above the premiums paid for our green coffee was
made to build a new school on the world famous Sigri Estate in Papua New Guinea.
The Executive Team
Sunny Sassoon Mel Elias
Executive Chairman President and CEO
of the Management
Terry Mansky Bob Kaufman
Chief Administrative Vice President of
Officer, Senior Vice Business Development
President and General
Vice President of
Vice President of
Simply the Best!
Coralie Calvet Lewis Tom Clemente
Vice President of Finance Vice President of Sales