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This site on North Green Street at the Independence Crossing shopping center is the future home of The Human Bean drive-thru coffee shop.

Morganton is getting a new coffee shop — just the seventh of its kind in the southeastern United States.

The Human Bean drive-thru coffee chain is coming soon to 853 N. Green St. at the Independence Crossing shopping center, according to the company's website. It joins locations in Gastonia, three shops in South Carolina, one in Georgia and one in Kentucky.

The Gastonia location became North Carolina’s first when it opened May 20, though the chain as a whole has more than 100 spots.

The coffee shop, which already has seen the site’s ground broken, will be next door to Smoothie King and the shopping center’s gym, recently rebranded to HiTone Fitness. Morganton City Manager Sally Sandy said she believes the coffee and smoothie shops are under the same ownership.

The Human Bean’s drink menu is broken down into four categories:

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  • House specialties, are chocolate mac breve, Irish cream breve, salted caramel, vanilla mocha, caramel hazelnut, caramel mocha, Mexi mocha and snowy mocha.
  • Classics, which are flavor infused Rockstar, flavor-infused teas, cold brew, espresso shot, Mate, chai, Smith tea, Americano and freshly brewed coffee.
  • Espresso drinks, are breve, cappuccino, café mocha and café latte.
  • Frozen favorites, which are real fruit smoothies, protein smoothies, low carb, vanilla smoothies, frozen hot chocolate, java chip, green tea smoothies, acai smoothies and Granita frozen espresso.

The Human Bean also rotates holiday drink menus, with current offerings including candied peppermint, salted caramel, spiced apple cider, pumpkin pie and old fashioned egg nog. See the drink menu and individual descriptions at

“With a passion for creating happy people and our love of coffee, we opened our first drive-thru espresso stand in Ashland, Oregon, in 1998,” reads the website. “The demand for convenient, quality coffee and espresso grew, and soon after opening our original location in Ashland, we expanded to surrounding cities in southern Oregon. The Human Bean quickly established a reputation for having friendly and experienced baristas and offering the highest quality ingredients.

“Our commitment to developing the best drive-thru espresso led us to franchising The Human Bean’s brand and system in 2002. We expect to continue this growth through approved franchisees that share the same determination and commitment to our goals for this exceptional brand.”

To apply for a job at The Human Bean, visit

The Independence Crossing shopping center also is home to Habaneros Mexican Restaurant No. 2, The Pie Hole pizzeria, Subway, Tractor Supply Co., Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Fab Nails and Spa, and First Nails.

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Justin Epley is a staff writer for The News Herald. He can be reached at

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