The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, Opens First Location at LAX Airport

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Iconic Southern California Brand Brings its Hand-Crafted Coffee, Tea and Specialty Beverages to Local Travelers

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As a Southern California company, we take great pride in opening The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® in our hometown airport.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, the Southern California-based specialty coffee and tea company, announced today the opening of its first café in the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), with local area developer CMS™ Hospitality. Now serving travelers in Terminal 6, the café’s much-anticipated opening comes after nearly 50 years of serving up a full selection of signature blends to international acclaim.

“As a Southern California company, we take great pride in opening The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® in our hometown airport.” says Bob Kaufman, Vice President of Business Development and Franchises. “Now travelers in Terminal 6 can enjoy a taste of LA as they depart the city.”

“I am extremely pleased that The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf® selected CMS Hospitality to be its first airport operator in its home city of Los Angeles. I also know LAX passengers will be just as pleased to have The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf® experience available at LAX.” says Clarence A. Daniels, Jr., President and CEO of CMS Hospitality.

As in all of its store locations, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® café will offer a wide variety of the finest grades of Arabica coffee from specially selected estates around the world that are custom roasted, in small batches, at its facility in Camarillo, California. The store will also offer hand-plucked whole leaf teas sourced from the most exclusive growing regions, as well as fresh baked goods.

Currently offering hand crafted beverages to travelers on Continental Airlines and soon Alaska Airlines, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® also plans to expand to additional LAX locations in 2012.


Founded in 1963, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® is the oldest and largest privately-held specialty coffee and tea retail business in the U.S. Embodying a passion for connecting loyal customers to one another with carefully handcrafted products, the company is known for sourcing and providing the finest ingredients and flavors from around the world. For nearly 50 years, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf ® has demonstrated a passion for product innovation epitomized by The Original Ice Blended® beverage. A southern California icon, the company currently has more than 800 stores in 22 countries; 266 of which are company owned while 535 are franchised. In 2010, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® launched the CBTL® Single Serve Beverage System that allows consumers to make their favorite espresso, brewed coffee, tea and specialty beverages at home, at the touch of a button. The CBTL® system is available in The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® stores and online at and other select online retailers. For more information visit, or or

About CMS Hospitality:

CMS Hospitality is a Los Angeles based airport concession company, founded by Clarence A Daniels, Jr. in 1996 at LAX. Today CMS operates 23 food and beverage locations in 6 airports and has recently been selected to develop 8 new food and beverage locations in LAX terminals 7 and 8 which will include 2 additional Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf locations.


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