From the lush plantations of Brazil to the tranquil tea fields of Sri Lanka, we search every corner of the world to bring you the very best flavors and experiences in every cup. Embark on a journey with us to find your flavor and enjoy coffee & tea with every delightful sip.

about us

A rich heritage fueled by curiosity

Our story began in 1963 when Herbert & Mona Hyman decided to open a small store in Brentwood, California. Falling in love with the rich and nuanced flavors of the artisanal coffee they discovered during their trips to Europe, they wanted to share them with their local communities.

Guided by their passion, they started offering gourmet beans from far-flung places like Costa Rica, Colombia and Kenya to let their customers enjoy the diverse flavors and perspectives from around the world. Soon, their vision would spark a movement for gourmet coffee and turn their little store into the global phenomenon it is today.

We individually, small batch roast our beans to bring out the unique, original flavor of every bean.


Herbert Hyman founded The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf as a coffee service for offices. Three years later, he opened the very first store in Southern California to bring the flavors of the world to his neighborhood.


The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf grew to 10 cafés in Southern California. Eager to let his customers enjoy truly authentic and unique blends, he began adding exotic teas to the menu.


History was made when a barista invented the original ICE BLENDED® drink at our Westwood, California café.


We turned global and expanded into Asia. Within two years, 29 cafés were opened across Singapore and Malaysia. And in 2005, we established the Caring Cup® Global Charity Program with the aim of giving back to our communities.


With a remarkable presence of over 1,100 cafés worldwide, we joined the Jollibee Group of Companies, marking the start of something special.


We launched HomeGrounds, our global headquarters and Innovation Experience Centre, in Singapore to continue serving an endless variety of flavors and creations.

Only the Best Specialty Coffee & Tea, served at the highest quality. We welcome the world with care in every cup.

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Let’s bring the world of coffee & tea to every neighborhood

Join us and open the gateway to the amazing cultures, flavors, and creations from around the world. As a franchise partner, you’ll benefit from our proven success model, flourishing brand, diverse coffee & tea menu, commitment to innovation, comprehensive franchisor support, and more.

Inspiring Curiosity Since 1963

We’re proud of offering the finest specialty coffee & tea, with a track record of success in over 1,100+ locations across 23+ countries. 

Brewing a Culture of Innovation

We love finding ways to inspire discovery and bring a smile to our customers, from introducing new services and products to engaging them in different ways.

We Make the Perfect Blend

We’d be more than happy to train you on all aspects of running a cafe from preparation to managing inventory and staff. You can count on on-going support through a dedicated team of experts who can provide guidance and advice from procurement to marketing.

We Love Growing with Great People

As a franchise partner, you’ll be part of a network that nurtures your growth. We’ve got plenty of opportunities for growth and development, like training programs, mentorships, and access to resources and tools to help you reach your full potential. 

We Welcome New Partners

If you’re curious to explore business opportunities with us, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us below and get in touch with our franchise recruitment managers.


Let Curiosity Fuel Your Growth

If you relish new ideas and experiences, you’ll thrive at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. We’re always bringing new flavors and perspectives to help you see the world in new ways.

When you join our Brew Crew, you’ll be part of a warm, welcoming and inclusive culture. Here, we celebrate diversity, inspire growth, and encourage you to make a meaningful impact on the world around us.

We’ve got a lot of tools, the right environment, and support to help you get the most out of your experience. Whether it’s mastering the craft of coffee & tea or gaining valuable career skills, your growth is always our priority.

Be Part of Our Brew Crew

If you share the same curiosity and values as us, we’d love to have you onboard. Get in touch with us to see how we can brew something special together.

Eric Switter

Chief Marketing Officer

With a passion for transforming businesses, growing brands and building winning teams and close to 30 years of extensive experience in the food service industry in both company-owned and franchised environments, Sanjiv is responsible for driving business growth for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in the Americas and India.

He was formerly Chief Operations Officer for Sweetgreen where he led the Field Operations, Food Safety & QA, and Ops Services and Innovation teams. He played a key role in shaping the strategy and direction of the brand as an integral member of its leadership team.

Additionally, he was also the Chief of Operations for Dine Brands where he was instrumental in the turnaround of the brand. Prior to that, he had a multi-disciplinary global career with Yum Brands, spanning assignments in Dallas, London, and New Delhi.