Work Begins on Human Bean Coffee Shop

Written by Neil Farrell

Neil has been a journalist covering the Estero Bay Area for over 27 years. He’s won numerous journalism awards in several different categories over his career.

August 12, 2020

An old car wash was demolished and underground work is well underway for a new, Human Bean drive-thru coffee shop at 839 Morro Bay Blvd., in Morro Bay.

Work has begun on a new drive-thru coffee shop in Morro Bay on the site of an old car wash across the street from the police station.

Located at 839 Morro Bay Blvd., the old car wash had been in business since 1966, according to a City report. In February, plans were approved to demolish the car wash and build a Human Bean coffee franchise.

The car wash was quickly demolished in July and its bones hauled away, and grading and underground work is now well underway.

The triangle-shaped property is some 3,920 square feet. A 600-square foot, drive-up coffee shop building/kiosk will be built situated towards the back of the site.

The car wash’s original two driveway entrances will remain with traffic flowing entering from the western driveway and exiting on the eastern driveway. It will have two entry lanes for ordering that will merge into one at the pick-up window. There will also be a walk-up window. It won’t have any on-site seating.

According to the company website, (see:, The Human Bean, was begun in 1998 in Ashland, Ore., and is now a chain of some 91 drive-thru coffee shops in 11 States.

Stores are a mix of company and franchisee owned, with headquarters now in Medford, Ore. The applicant for the Morro Bay store was listed as Moss Lane Ventures, LLC, which is based in Stockton, Calif., according to

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