Human Bean percolating to opening |

Human Bean percolating to opening

The Human Bean is quite close to opening in Minden.

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It may be a week or two before the Human Bean opens to the public, but its owner is excited to get the ball rolling.

“We’re still training employees,” Chrissy Conatser said on Monday.

She estimated that it will be late next week or soon after before the coffee kiosk opens next door to the Sonic.

“Corporate comes down and they do a soft opening to make sure you’re ready,” Conatser said.

She said she felt there was plenty of traffic to keep all of Carson Valley’s coffee places open.

“There’s enough traffic in this place for everyone to be busy,” she said. “I truly believe everyone can make a great cup of coffee. Our difference is customer service. We want every customer to walk away saying, they just brightened my day. We want our customers to have a great experience.”

Conatser is a Nevada native who was born, raised and lives in Reno.

“I love this Minden-Gardnerville area,” she said. “I love my drive every day, it gives me time to think.”

She said she has about 16 full- and part-time employees to cover shifts from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.

“We’re planning on being super busy,” she said. “We’re happy to be in the area. I’m excited for our opening. Everyone who has come up to our drive-through window has been lovely and beautiful. I’m blown away at how positive and wonderful people have been. We feel very welcomed.”

She and her fiancée, Kevin Gustafson, have been working on the project for 18 months. She knew the owners of Sonic, so that helped smooth out leasing the property.

The couple is working on a second location near Firehouse Subs along Highway 50 in Carson City, which she expects to open in a couple of months.