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Herbert Hyman dies at 82; founder of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf chain
Herbert Hyman dies at 82; founder of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf chain

In 1968, decades before "latte" and "barista" became everyday terms, Herbert Hyman and his wife, Mona, opened a small store in the tony Westside district of Brentwood to sell coffee — not the tasteless grounds of uncertain provenance that supermarkets sold by the can, but whole beans in one-pound bags that came from places like Costa Rica, Colombia and Kenya. Customers at the store Hyman called Coffee Bean could smell the beans in a roaster, observe the particular way they were brewed and then sample different varieties before deciding which ones to buy. Before long, the beverage part of the business took over and modern coffee culture took off. Along with...

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