About Green Beans Coffee Companies
We got our start by offering some of the comforts of home to the men and women of the U.S. Military deployed at bases overseas and in areas of conflict. Firmly rooted, non-negotiable and the foundation of our operating philosophy is a heritage of supporting those that put their lives at stake for our country. Our cafes offer a casual and comfortable place where our customers can enjoy premium coffee beverages and fresh-baked treats while relaxing and listening to music.
At Green Beans Coffee, we believe that community is cultivated over a cup of extraordinary coffee or tea, as it has been for generations all over the world. We honor our brave men/women in uniform by donating a percentage of our sales to organizations that support the families and children of the fallen.
In response to customer requests, Green Beans Coffee is now expanding its footprint in U.S. markets and around the world by offering its super premium coffee products, fresh baked goods, and healthy meal options in airports, metropolitan cities, and suburban communities.
Green Beans Coffee Company was founded in 1996, by Jason and Jon Araghi, two Americans living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, who saw the opportunity to introduce gourmet coffee in the country and fill the void in an underserved market.
Jason was one of the many expats that would return to the Kingdom after holidays with a suitcase half full of coffee beans since there were no gourmet coffee outlets in the market. He learned soon that most expats were doing the same thing, and that’s where he saw the opportunity. Through a network of contacts in the US, Jason and his brother Jon started to import, package and sell coffee beans at local bazaars and supermarkets under the Green Beans brand.
Working with his brother Jon who had a zest for the coffee business, he set to work on a plan to open a new café in a high-end furniture showroom called Art Nouveau. Jason developed strategies for building the business, while Jon consulted on the vision and design of a Seattle-style coffeehouse that would work in the Saudi marketplace.
Upon opening the café in 1997, U.S. military personnel from a nearby base became regular customers. In fact, so many high-ranking officers frequented Art Nouveau Café that Jason began conversations with the military to open a store on the base at Eskan Village so that troops didn’t have to drive 45 minutes for a good cup of coffee. The base leaders agreed, and within six months, Jason and Jon opened the first Green Beans Café at Eskan Village, in Al-Kharj Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Military leaders requested that Jason and Jon come up with a way to get their super premium coffee beverages to troops in high risk areas. Over the next couple years, three more cafes open at Prince Sultan Air Base where the “little coffee shop in a container” is born. Just a few months after 9/11, Green Beans is the first U.S. food company to deploy with troops in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with new locations in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and eventually across Afghanistan, Iraq, and adjacent friendly nations.
Here in the US, Green Beans cafes offer the same super premium coffees and quality teas that Troops have grown to appreciate overseas, and of course, the “15 minutes of tranquility” that the brand has always offered to those deployed abroad.
Green Beans Coffee Omaha
Born in Springfield Illinois, raised in Grand Island Nebraska, John entered the Air Force in June of 1988. John was introduced to Green Beans Coffee while deployed to Afghanistan in 2007. After 26 years of active duty service, John retired in July 2014. His love for country, his passion for leading small teams of people, as well as his love of coffee, inspired him to open Green Beans Coffee Omaha on 12 October 2014. His wife Angela is the co-owner. She grew up in Moncton, NB Canada and is an elementary school teacher. John’s two daughters Kirstyn and Kelsey are both great helpers around the cafe. John and Angela have a daughter Johanna who is the manager of Lil Beans.
We serve our customers coffee made from the highest quality Arabica coffee beans, fresh roasted in the artisan European style. Our eight proprietary blends are packaged for sale on our website, at retail stores and in many of our cafes.
Green Beans Coffee Company owns and operates 70+ cafes in nine countries. All are located on or near military bases in the U.S., Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar, Djibouti, and Kyrgyzstan. Green Beans Coffee Omaha is the first independently owned/free standing coffee café in the country. In addition to espresso-based drinks, we also serve teas, smoothies, fresh baked pastries, freshly prepared breakfast items and a wide assortment of wraps, sandwiches and soups for lunch. Twenty-thousand cups of coffee are served daily.
Corporate Social Responsibility is a key pillar of our company and we believe in giving back to our customers that serve in the U.S. military. Thus, we donate a portion of each transaction to organizations that are important to our men and women in uniform:
Snowball Express – Creates hope and new memories for the children of our fallen military heroes who have died while serving on active duty since 9/11
Children of the Fallen Soldiers – Provides college grants and financial assistance to surviving children and spouses of U.S. military service members who have lost their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Through our Cup Of Joe For A Joe program, we make it easy for anyone, anywhere in the world, to buy a fresh cup of Green Beans Coffee and have it delivered with a personal letter of thanks to a member of the armed services deployed overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). To date, more than 900,000 CUP OF JOES have been purchased for our deployed troops.
We also facilitate connections on our Facebook page between troops deployed overseas and their friends, family and other supporters who want to express their thanks for the troops’ service and sacrifice