The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
|Founded||Los Angeles, California (1963)|
|Founder(s)||Herbert B. Hyman|
|Headquarters||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Key people||Sunny Sassoon, Chairman
Melvin Elias, CEO
Bob Kaufman, VP of Business Development
Mark Watkins, VP of Operations
Terry Mansky, Chief Administrative Officer, Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Paul Balzer, VP of Supply Chain
John Theuer, VP of Finance
|Revenue||$450 million USD (2012)|
|Parent||International Coffee & Tea, LLC|
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (sometimes shortened to simply "The Coffee Bean" or "Coffee Bean") is an American coffee chain, owned and operated by International Coffee & Tea, LLC, which has its corporate headquarters in Los Angeles, California. The first outlet opened in September 1963. The chain has over 900 outlets in 23 countries. Within the United States, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has locations in San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Honolulu, Texas, Alabama, Miami, Detroit, New York City, the Twin Cities and Washington, D.C.. The majority of locations are in Southern California, including Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura. Many locations outside of California are franchises, such as Hawaii. Singapore entrepreneurs Sunny and Victor Sassoon have opened locations throughout Southeast Asia and many other parts of the world since buying the company in 1998.
Free Wi-Fi access is offered at most locations. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is an international chain with locations in Brunei, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, South Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Bahrain and newly opened branch in Amman, Jordan,.
Several Southern California Ralphs supermarkets have full-service The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf kiosks in their stores.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf was founded by Mona and Herbert Hyman in September 1963. They opened the first store in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood. The original location closed, although a new location opened in the same building on the corner of San Vicente Boulevard and Barrington Avenue. The firm is affectionately known as The Bean among long-time customers that include many Hollywood celebrities, and was touted as a success model for the coffee and tea business in its early days.
In 1996, the Sassoons bought the franchise rights for Asia and in two years, opened 29 outlets (in Singapore and Malaysia) - almost as many as the Hymans had opened in the US until then. Singapore entrepreneurs and brothers, Sunny and Victor Sassoon and their long-time friend and business associate, Severin Wunderman, purchased the company and took it global in 1998. In 2008 Mel Elias assumed the role of President and CEO, after serving seven years as the Chief Operating Officer of the company.
During 2013, a significant equity position was acquired by Advent International in partnership with CDIB Capital. Other investors participating in the transaction included Mirae Asset Private Equity and the Sassoon family.
Halal and kosher
At all stores, all of the products at The Coffee Bean are certified as kosher. At least one location meets the higher standard of cholov yisroel in their dairy products. Coffee Bean has fared well in its entry into the Israeli coffee chain market. This may be attributed to its kosher food selection. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf's beverages are also halal.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf started the Caring Cup initiative provides support to the local communities served by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf stores, as well as to the communities where the coffee and tea they source is grown.  Charities whom have benefited from Caring Cup include Kidhane Mehret Students’ Self-Help Association in Ethiopia, Aid Lanka Kids Foundation in Sri Lanka, Shree Dwarika Tea Estate in the Darjeeling Himalayan, The Mukengeria Tea Estate in Kenya, the Bogawantalawa Tea Estate in Bogawantalawa and the Nantou REn-Ai Home for Orphan Children in Taiwan.
The Help Group
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf donates $1 of every pound of Holiday Blend Coffee or 20-count Winter Dream Tea tin sold to The Help Group, a US-based, non-profit serving children with special needs related to autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, ADHD, developmental delays, abuse and emotional problems. In 2008, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf held a holiday open house at all company-owned locations in California and Arizona. Customers were treated to 12 oz. holiday beverages. The event was three hours long, during which time 35,000 drinks were given away. The event also helped to raise $30,000 for The Help Group, a Los Angeles-based charity serving special needs youth, through The Coffee Bean's "Deck The Walls" campaign. This campaign provided consumers with the opportunity to select and sign holiday-themed cards in exchange for a $1 donation to The Help Group. On November 8, 2012, the campaign continued in its fourth year, with an additional social media component that promoted @TheHelpGroup on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.  The annual holiday open house featured Winter Dream Tea Latte, Gingerbread Cookie Ice Blended, Gingerbread Cookie Latte and Red Velvet Cocoa. 100% of proceeds from the open house were donated to The Help Group.
Support from Home
In 2008, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf launched its "Support from Home" campaign, an event that has continued into 2012. Consumers were invited to purchase a bag of coffee, a tin of tea and/or retail merchandise to donate to U.S. troops overseas. Proceeds go to Home" blend to the Fisher House. In total, Coffee Bean customers donated more than 18,000 pounds of coffee to military personnel.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is well-recognized for its Original Ice Blended drinks, hot and cold tea drinks and hot coffee drinks, and also sells a variety of whole bean coffees, whole leaf teas, flavored powders, and baked goods. Through its CBTL home-product line, The Coffee Bean sells single-serve, capsule-based, espresso, coffee and tea machines. 
The company roasts its coffee in small batches. Jay Isias, Senior Director of Coffee at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, along with Jesse Martinez-Beltran, Master Roaster, travels to small farms and private estates in East Africa, Latin America and the Pacific to source the company’s coffees. 
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf coffees fall into six categories: Light & Subtle, Light & Distinctive, Medium & Smooth, Dark & Distinctive, Flavored and Reserve.
David DeCandia is the "Tea Master" for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. He spends two thirds of the year traveling to tea estates in different tea growing regions of the world, including India, Sri Lanka, the Himalayas, China and Africa, in search of teas for the company. 
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf teas fall into seven categories: Green, Black, Oolong, Herbal Infusion, Decaffeinated, Flavored and Tea Master’s 
CBTL Single Serve Coffee System
CBTL was launched in the United States, Singapore, Malaysia, Phillipines and Korea in, 2010 and was referred to by CEO Mel Elias as the company’s “biggest innovation to date.” The System is available in department stores and retail outlets in the United States, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore. CBTL is additionally distributed in Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Brunei.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf offers two current (June, 2013) models of CBTL Machines including the $149(USD) MSRP Americano and $179(USD) MSRP Kaldi. Both machines have twin pressure systems that provide 15 bar (espresso) / 3.5 bar (coffee and tea).  CBTL Machines utilize proprietary capsules that contain coffee, espresso, flavored coffee, tea or hot chocolate.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has several holiday drinks:
- Chai Latte
- Chocolate and Amaretto Espresso Con Pannas
- Chocolate Hazelnut Latte
- English Toffee Latte
- Gingerbread Latte
- Pumpkin Latte
- Red Velvet Hot Cocoa
- Salted Caramel or Cinnamon Mocha Cappuccino
- Winter Dream Tea Latte
- "Our Heritage". The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Retrieved 2009-09-14.
- "Caring Cup." The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Retrieved on January 15, 2012. "The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf 1945 So. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles. CA 90034"
- Private Equity Gets a Cup of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf - MoneyBeat - WSJ
- The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Official Store
- The Help Group
- Coffee Bean Holiday Beverage Open House Tomorrow, 2-6 p.m.! - PwrdBy
- The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Hosted Holiday Open House to Benefit The Help Group | The Help Group
- Retail Asia Online
- Food Informants: A Week In The Life Of Jay Isais, Senior Director Of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
- Gourmet Whole Bean & Ground Coffee | The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Coffee
- Seven Questions with David DeCandia, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf's Master Tea Blender: LAist
- David DeCandia Blends A World Of Tea For Coffee Bean And Tea Leaf Stores Around The World : OnTravel – Travel Information and Tips
- Specialty Whole Leaf Tea | The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Tea
- CBTL Single Serve Coffee Makers & Milk Frothers | CBTL
- CBTL Capsules - Coffee and Tea Single Serve Pods | CBTL
- A Look at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Fall 2012 Menu |Foodbeast
- The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf: $1 Holiday Beverages (November 8th) – Hip2Save
- Best Drink at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf: Winter Dream Latte | TheDailyMeal: Best and Worst Holiday Coffee Drinks | Comcast.net
- Holiday drinks are on tap at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf | SmartBrief
- BruneiDirect.Com Coffee Bean drinks are halal. Retrieved on July 1, 2008.
- coffeebean.com. International Franchise Locations
- Coffeebeanhawaii.com. Hawaii Franchise Website
- internationalcoffeeandtea.simpluris.net 
- Locations Domestically of CBTL
- Senior Management of CBTL
- Culture of CBTL
- Official website of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
- The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Media Queries
- Company profile on Yahoo! Finance
- Hawaii Franchise Website
- "The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Donates for the Troops"
- "Coffee's trained tasters know their beans and brews"