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Our Heritage

Our Brand

Who we are: Born and brewed in Southern California since 1963, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is the oldest and largest privately-held specialty coffee and tea retailer in the United States. Fifty years on, our values haven't changed. "Find Your Flavor" isn't just a slogan; it's a commitment to our customers and the foundation upon which we operate. Our handcrafted beverages are made to order and customized to the guest's preference. Our Team Members know to listen and respond to each guest with a personalized beverage. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf offers one of the most extensive selections of coffee and tea from around the world.


The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf was born during a trip our founders Herb and Mona Hyman took to Europe. After enjoying outstanding coffee 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 Brentwood, California which continues to operate to this day.

Over the next 35 years, the Hymans continued to grow the coffee business and share their passion throughout Southern California. Unique flavors and handcrafted beverages became the cornerstones of their business. They carefully roasted and blended the beans to suit their guests' tastes. These personalized creations have been used in formulating some of our popular and enduring blends still offered in our cafes today.


The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf ® has since grown to over 1,000 stores worldwide. Company-owned stores are located in California, Arizona, Singapore and Malaysia. Our domestically franchised stores span from California to New York and include locations in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, New York, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, Washington and Washington D.C. Internationally, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf ® franchised locations can be found in Bahrain, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Malaysia (Sabah), Egypt, Georgia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iraqi Kurdistan, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mongolia, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.


We partner with qualified developers who share our passion and enthusiasm for the brand. Please read further to understand our developer criteria and franchise system. If you are interested in franchise opportunities please submit a franchise inquiry form.


"Franchise development is the key to connecting with local communities."


Retail Formats

Traditional Retail

Traditional street side locations and shopping malls represent the majority of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf cafes worldwide. Our retail design offers a modern, contemporary look coupled with a highly efficient back-of-house configuration. We have proven to be successful in locations big and small around the world.

Non-Traditional Retail


The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has over 40 airport locations around the world. We offer the traveler a premium specialty coffee and tea experience wherever they may be, and successfully operate both in-line and free-standing cafes in the airport and travel channels.


We have a growing number of locations on University Campuses. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf provides an environment for students and staff to work and socialize while enjoying our beverage and food offering.


On Military Bases, We are proud to serve members of the United States military and their families.


The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf offers grocery shoppers Store in Store cafes and kiosks that provide our world class beverages as well as retail products available on grocery store shelves across the United States. For inquiries regarding wholesale distribution, please visit the For Business section of our website.


The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is also featured in some of the leading Hotel and Casino properties worldwide. Our scalable retail footprint allows us to deliver a premium Beverage and Food option for fine Hotel and Casino properties.


Franchisee Support

With 50 years of experience in the specialty coffee industry, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has built a strong and complete business infrastructure and offers extensive franchise support.

We have an integrated supply chain with worldwide distribution capabilities, owning the process from seed to cup. Exclusive and proprietary recipes for beverages, pastries, and cafe meals are created by our product development team who ensures each item is crafted to our premium standards.

Our real estate and development team assists in store design, stores specifications and construction. Our support team includes a dedicated Franchise Business Manager for day-to-day operations and ongoing support, as well as franchise trainers and training centers in Los Angeles, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

Our marketing team provides collateral, resources and guidance to increase brand visibility and help maintain the integrity of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf name while continuing to expand and strengthen the brand around the world.



Do you offer single unit franchises?

We do not offer single unit franchises in traditional formats. Non-traditional single unit opportunities may be available for qualified franchisees.

How do I know if the territory that I am interested in is available?

Please refer to our territory availability page.

What franchise opportunities do you offer?

Our franchise system is a multi-unit operator model. Specific territories are negotiated and determined during discussion between the franchisee and the company, but typically include a multiple store commitment over a period of years.

Do you franchise in California?

Select opportunities are available in California.

How many company-owned stores does The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf have?

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has over 275 company owned stores.

What is the average size of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf location?

This varies by market and location, but typically ranges from 800-2000 square feet.

What is the minimum net worth and liquid assets required?

This varies, please contact us for further information by filling out the Franchise Inquiry Form.

What experience should I have to open a franchise of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf?

We aim to work with individuals or groups that have a proven track record of successful multi-unit food and beverage development and operations. It is also preferred that the individual or group has market specific experience, such as retail real estate development, including construction and site selection.

What support will I receive as a franchisee of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf?

We provide support in all areas including, but not limited to training, store development and design, operations, marketing, logistics and financial analytics.


Territory Availability

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf currently has over 1000
locations in 25 countries. For a detailed list of territories that are available, please click here.

Select Opportunities Available in the
Following Territories:

California, Nevada, Arizona, New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois, Germany

No Franchise Opportunities Available in the Following Territories:

Texas, Hawaii, New York, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Bahrain, Dubai, Egypt, Iraqi Kurdistan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, India, Korea, Philippines, Hong Kong, Israel, Mongolia, Jordan