The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (sometimes shortened to simply "The Coffee Bean") is a Los Angeles, California-based coffee chain, owned and operated by International Coffee & Tea, LLC. The company was founded by Mona and Herbert Hyman. The first store opened in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood in September 1963. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf celebrated its 45th anniversary during the month of September 2008. The Coffee Bean has locations in San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Honolulu and all over Southern California including Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura. Many "Coffee Beans" found outside of California are franchises, Singaporean entrepreneur Victor Sassoon has opened locations throughout Southeast Asia, and Hawaii's stores are franchises as well.
Wi-fi access is offered at most locations. Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is an international presence with locations in Qatar, Singapore, Israel, Korea, United Arab Emirates, Brunei, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Kuwait, Egypt, Sri Lanka, and Mexico City.
Several Southern California Ralphs supermarkets feature full-service Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf kiosks in their stores.
In 2008, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf launched its “Support from Home” campaign. From July 1 until August 31, 2008, consumers were invited to purchase a bag of coffee, a tin of tea and/or retail merchandise to donate to U.S. troops overseas. During the campaign, the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf also offered a “Support from Home” limited edition blend of coffee. The packaged coffee was designed with a special back label created to allow consumers to write a personalized message to soldiers. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf worked in conjunction with an organization called “Soldiers’ Angels” to provide the product donations. They also donated a portion of the proceeds from the “Support from Home” blend to the Fisher House, an organization that acts as a “home away from home” for families of military personnel and veterans receiving medical care at major medical facilities. In total, Coffee Bean customers donated more than 18,000 pounds of coffee to military personnel.
In order to cater to consumers’ demands to be online 24/7, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf began offering “totally free” Wi-Fi Internet access at virtually all company-owned stores. The company started installing the Wi-Fi units in July of 2008 and many stores had the wireless service by the end of August 2008. The service is totally free and unrestricted without the need to create an online account or use a credit card.
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