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 locations 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 Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Israel, South Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam 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.
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 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 up until then. Two years later they bought the entire Los Angeles-based firm.
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.
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.
Holiday open house 
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 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.
Ice Blended 
In 1989, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf launched their The Original Ice Blended drink. Worldwide, over 20,000 Ice Blended drinks are served daily and over 7 million annually.
Holiday drinks 
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has several holiday drinks:
- Red Velvet hot cocoa
- Peppermint:Mocha,Vanilla, White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Latte and Ice Blended
- Gingerbread Latte and Ice Blended
- Pumpkin Latte and Ice Blended
- Salted Caramel or Cinnamon Mocha Cappacino
They also offer a limited edition Holiday Blend coffee and Winter Dream tea.
"Mayfield v. International Coffee & Tea, LLC" 
|This article is outdated. (January 2012)|
Mayfield v. International Coffee & Tea, LLC is a pending class action settlement for owed wages and/or other compensations for missed meal periods, plus related penalties for any non-exempt hourly store-based employees in the state of California between August 28, 2004, and April 22, 2010. A hearing was to be held on September 21, 2010, to determine whether the settlement should be granted final approval.
- "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"
- 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
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- 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"