I know this is a review of "local" shops in Midland--and not "chains"--but tthe Human Bean store in Midland (and the one in Odessa) are locally owned--keeping your dollars right here in the Permian. So as far as I'm concerned--that qualifies. You can protest my inclusion of it here if you'd like. But locally owned means local--even if the recipes come from southern Oregon.

Besides--when you're in a hurry--there's no better place to swing thru and get in the drive thru line--there are two lines and they both move pretty quickly. There are a lot of choices here. I'm partial to blended drinks and to keep it similar as I compare these places, I'm getting similar drinks. They have a drink here called the "Snowy", which is extremely similar ingredients-wise to the drink I got last week at our first stop, Hand Cafe. It's a White Chocolate Mocha drink that you can get blended or hot. It's absolutely amazing. But the menu has many other choices and flavors;

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My wife always gets a Frozen Hot Chocolate and switches out adding different flavors. She's had Raspberry and loves it, but then this trip added Coconut flavoring-and it was tropical and delicious. You can enjoy pretty much any flavor they offer in whatever drink they make. They've even got a few items for the kids on their own menu so that when you're in the drive thru and the kiddos are thirsty--they're covered too!

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The signature thing they do here--which just adds to the whole experience--is they put an edible, delicious coffee bean on top of every drink. The hard part is not eating it first before you start on or finish your drink!

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Two thumbs up on The Human Bean! Give it a try on Big Spring Street in Midland as you're headed towards the Loop! Next week: Higher Grounds!

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