Seaside entrepreneur brings java jolt to Warrenton

Kristi Israel

WARRENTON — Kristi Israel’s banking on coffee drinkers at the North Coast Retail Center with her second Human Bean franchise, due to open this month.

Israel has owned and operated a franchise in Seaside for the past seven years. The new shop is at 1526 Discovery lane, next to Taco Bell.

She had the opportunity to buy the land instead of leasing it.

“I couldn’t pass it up,” she said.

It’s currently the only coffee stand in the area and Israel’s hoping to keep it that way. There’s plenty of traffic coming and going, she said. Costco, Goodwill and the others draw a lot of shoppers.

A grand opening is scheduled for Oct. 5

The franchise rights cost $20,000. The Warrenton location is store No. 52 for Medford-based Human Bean, which has stores in eight states.

Israel wouldn’t say how much she has invested in the business.

She will employ 10 to 15 workers between the Seaside and Warrenton stores.

The Warrenton stand has two drive-up windows and a walk-up window. Israel will offer espresso, smoothies, blended coffee drinks, baked goods and more.

Israel is a 1999 Seaside High School graduate. She has a degree in Business Management from Southern Oregon University.

She and husband Adam, a 1997 Seaside grad, have two children.

Israel said the second store will keep her plenty busy.

“This is it,” she said. “That’s what I’m sticking with — for now.”

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