The Human Bean Coffeehouses are Kind to Dairy-Free Customers


The Human Bean started in the hamlet city (pun intended) of Ashland, Oregon in 1998. But they’ve since expanded to more than 80 locations in ten U.S. states. And they go above and beyond with dairy-free options.

I was truly pleased with how responsive and helpful The Human Bean was with my dairy-free requests. I contact countless restaurants with a simple inquiry on dairy-free options, and only a fraction reply. But this thoughtful franchise was quick to answer with a good list of choices.

Dairy-Free and Vegan options at The Human Bean coffee shops

The Human Bean Dairy-Free Drink Options

Every location carries Pacific soymilk, Silk almond milk, So Delicious coconut milk (beverage), and Milkadamia macadamia milk. And some locations even offer rice milk.

Thanks to the bevy of dairy-free milk beverage options, most of their hot and iced drinks can be made dairy free. They use Torani syrups and sauces and some DaVinci Syrups for flavoring, so I would reference my post on Dairy-Free Syrups & Sauces to see which options are dairy-free and which contain dairy.

Their Real Fruit smoothies can also be made with a dairy alternative or with water. However, their granita and blended espresso drinks cannot be made dairy free. But they are actively working on more dairy-free drinks. According to The Human Bean Marketing Director:

We have been in pursuit of a quality dairy free frappe for several years now. We hope to be able to provide a dairy free option soon.

The following is an allergen chart that they kindly provided. They also shared a specific Torani allergen chart, which you can view on this post.

Dairy-Free and Vegan options at The Human Bean coffee shops

About the Coffee at The Human Bean

The Human Bean has created Farm Friendly Direct, which is their own coffee sourcing program. Through this program, they work directly with farmers around the world to develop long-term sourcing relationships and to support the local farming communities.

Beyond buying beans, they have directly funded several community projects. A few of the Farm Friendly Direct successes include a new water treatment plant in Guatemala, deep solar water wells in Tanzania and Kenya, and a schoolhouse in the Papua New Guinea community. They’ve also planted 15,000 trees in El Salvador.

Dairy-Free and Vegan options at The Human Bean coffee shops

The Human Bean Dairy-Free Food Options

The food menu is a simple selection of baked goods and some pre-packaged items. All of their shops carry Bobo’s Oat Bars, which are dairy-free, vegan, and certified gluten-free. They also have oatmeal available without dairy.

Most locations source their baked goods from local bakeries, so the options can vary. Most locations have a dairy-free goody or two, but check with your local barista to see what is available.

Dairy-Free and Vegan options at The Human Bean coffee shops

Where to Find The Human Bean

At last check, they had shops in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Texas and Washington. Most are drive-thru barista stops, but they’ve been adding more counter-service coffee houses with indoor seating. See the website below for locations and hours.


About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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