Our Brand Heritage
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.
Born in Southern California
50 Years in the Making
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 brand was established in 1963, opening the first store in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, 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.
1,200+ Stores Worldwide
Now a Worldwide Sensation
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® has since grown to over 1,200 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, 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, India, Indonesia, Iraqi Kurdistan, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mongolia, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.
- Complete your application
- Provide proof of assets
- Credit Check & initial financial review
- Meet with candidate
- Provide & review Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD)
- Candidate franchisee to conduct due diligence; talk to existing franchisees
- Select site and develop business plan
- Complete background check
- Present and review business plan with franchise team
- Review of capitalization
- Submit legal entity document
- If all criteria met, receive franchise
- Approval & sign Area Development Agreement (ADA) or Franchise Agreement
- Finalize lease
- Start site construction
- Complete team member training
- Store opening
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 Consultant 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.
We do not offer single unit franchises in traditional formats. Non-traditional single unit opportunities may be available for qualified franchisees.
Please refer to our territory availability section.
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.
Select opportunities are available in California.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® currently has over 300 company-owned units worldwide including over 190 company-owned domestic units.
This varies by market and location, but typically ranges from 800-2000 square feet.
This varies, please contact us for further information by filling out the Franchise Inquiry Form.
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.
We provide support in all areas including, but not limited to training, store development and design, operations, marketing, logistics and financial analytics.