Larrys Coffee: A Glimpse into Sustainable Coffee

Based in Raleigh, NC, Larrys Coffee aims to provide a slow roasted cup of coffee while making the roasting process both environmentally and socially responsible. As a Certified B-Corporation, Larry’s coffee blends line are certified Fair Trade, Organic, and Shade Grown. Aside from these facts, what makes Larry’s Coffee different from other local roasters in the US?

Curious to learn more, Big Cup of Coffee spent a few hours researching this company for all of you. 

Larry's Coffee
4.6 / 5 Reviewer
Pros
  • It’s a B-Certified Corporation
  • Offers high-quality coffee for an affordable price
  • Coffee beans come in recyclable containers.
Cons
  • Get’s out of stock fast in local stores
  • Limited subscription options
Summary
Larry's Coffee's demonstrable love for coffee, nature, and the community makes this fair trade coffee company genuinely outstanding and inspiring.
Variety of Choice4.5
Ease of Ordering4.5
Value4.5
Overall Experience4.5
Sustainability / Social Justice5

Background: Larry’s Coffee

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Larry Larson, the founder of Larry’s Beans, firmly believes that each coffee bean can produce unique flavor when it reaches its potential somewhere between twelve and twenty minutes of slow roasting. “It’s how we find those unexplored frontiers of taste,” according to Larry’s Coffee founder. 

The coffee beans they import from different producers and coffee regions are roasted in varying lengths before blended to create a unique flavor profile that suits your palate. Larry’s Coffee sees it as their responsibility to bring out the best in each bean with their roasting practices since farmers work hard to make sure that their coffee beans’ taste is unique. 

For Larry, It’s a great honor to transform exceptional coffee beans cultivated by farmers into a great tasting coffee everyone will love.

Where does the coffee come from?

Larry’s Coffee sources their coffee beans from 16 coffee-producing countries around the world. This Raleigh-based coffee roaster partners with small-farm cooperatives that grow coffee in 2 to 5 acres of land. As the founding member of Cooperative Coffees, an independent roaster cooperative that imports Fair Trade Beans directly from the producers, they offer all partner farmers pre-financing solutions and treat them as equals, rather than suppliers.

Certifications

As a coffee roaster with a mission, Larry’s coffee lives up to the expectations of a B-Certified Corporation. The Raleigh, NC-based coffee company is certified by Fair Trade, Kosher, USDA Organic, and Shade-Grown. They uphold the belief that “businesses can be a force for good.”

Sustainability is King

Larry’s position themselves as coffee artists on a mission with the prime task  to promote sustainability. So, if you’re searching for intel about Larry’s Coffee, it all comes down to these three big words:

B-Corporation

As a certified B-Corporation with an overall impact score of 113.0, Larry’s business model is a blueprint of a sustainable coffee roaster. The coffee company is the founding member of the Cooperative Coffees, which imports coffee directly from the family-owned farms to improve the coffee farmers’ lives and give definitive higher standards on partnership and fairness.

Energy Efficiency

The company follows Raleigh’s Five Points neighborhood, where much of its facilities utilize renewable energy and sustainable infrastructures. From solar water-heated floors, rainwater harvesting-driven restrooms, massive passive-solar straightforward story to recently launched fully recyclable K-cups.

2019 Best for the World: Community

Larry’s Coffee gives back to the community more than they take. They are committed to using innovative and sustainable ways to make the world a better place. 

The coffee beans roasted in their green-o-vative roastery facility are 100% Organic, Fair Trade, and Shade Grown Coffee. They run their vehicles with plant-based diesel. In 2008, they launched the coffee industry’s first biodegradable bag and even owned up to their mistakes and discontinued it after learning of the negative impact it could have in 2014. Innovation is not always a straight line.

Farmers

Deep respect and admiration for small family farmers who cultivate delicious coffee beans with utmost care is the driving force of Larry’s Coffee. They consider them partners. The journey toward building the first and only Fair Trade cooperative in the US started with a visit to the Mut Vitz cooperative. 

Since then, it’s been a mission for Larry’s coffee to help these fastidious and careful farmers who lack trucks to transport their produce and  cannot access to their crop’s real-time market value. Larry’s helps them earn a decent compensation for their hard work.

There are over 15 coffee cooperatives from South America, Central America, Africa, and Southeast Asia that partner with Larry’s Coffee through Cooperative means. These include the following: 

  • Union Pro Agro
  • Fondo Paez
  • Cenfrocafe
  • Sol Y Cafe
  • Cooperative Mellijones
  • Cafe Chajulense
  • Cafe Organico Marcala-Comsa
  • Cecocafen
  • Maya Vinic
  • Prococer
  • Sopacdi Cooperative
  • Sidama Union
  • Kodukak
  • Permata Gayo
  • CPC

Barista Classes

Aside from community partnership and sustainable business operations, another way of giving back to the community that Larry’s Coffee does is offering barista classes. These classes aim to teach  aspiring baristas and homebrewers both the fundamentals and the art of making coffee. 

Community Support

Teacher Grants

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Larry’s Coffee created a new blend that best describes that first-morning sip, the little breaks for a me-time, and the long days giving generously to others. For such momentous occurrences, the Awake in Class is the best medium roasted coffee. Every time you buy a bag of this coffee bean, $2 of each bag will go to the Wake County teacher grant. This grant helps teachers and students fund critical educational projects.

Coffees Offered

If you’re looking for sustainable coffee blends, browse Larry’s Coffee online store or visit their physical store in Raleigh, North Carolina and be  amazed by the selection. 

Most Popular Types

Larrys Beans Cowboy Blend

The Cowboy Blend is a medium roast that features bold and smokey cup notes with a wide-bodied flavor profile.

Larry's Beans | Larry's Coffee | Cowboy Blend | 12 Ounce
  • USDA Organic
  • Fair Trade
  • Shade-Grown
  • Slow-roasted whole bean
  • B Corp Certified


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Larrys Coffee Bolivia Single Origin

The Bolivia Single Origin blends of Larry’s Coffee is a caffeinated medium-roast with a smooth and creamy body with hints of chocolate and roasted almond notes.

Larry's Coffee | Larry's Beans | Cowboy Bolivia | 12 Ounce
$12.99 ($1.08 / Ounce)
  • USDA Organic
  • Fair Trade
  • Shade-Grown
  • Slow-roasted whole bean
  • B Corp Certified


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Larrys Bean El Salvador Dali Blend

The Organic El Salvador Dali Blend is a dark and mellow coffee with hints of caramel, rich chocolate, brown sugar, and vanilla notes.

Larry's Coffee | Larrys Beans | El Salvador Dali Blend Organic | 12 Ounce
$12.99 ($1.08 / Ounce)

Dark mellow and creamy with a surprising hint of smores!

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Recyclable K-Cups

Below are the recently introduced recyclable K-Cups:

Larry’s Coffee House Blend

The House Blend by Larry’s Coffee is a medium roast coffee you’ll find when you buy Larry’s House’s 12 CT boxes. It’s a balanced coffee with a rich, smooth body and gentle acidity. 

Larry's Coffee Recyclable K Cups | House Blend - Medium Roast | 12 Count
$19.59 ($1.63 / Count)
  • USDA Certified Organic and Fair Trade
  • B Corp Certified
  • 100% recyclable, BPA-free kcup
  • Sourced and roasted by Larry's Coffee in Raleigh, NC


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Larry’s Coffee Decaf Twilight

The Decaf Twilight is a medium blend that is rich and full-bodied with hints of chocolate nutty tones

Larry's Coffee Recyclable K Cups | BPA-free | Decaf Twilight | Medium Blend | 12 Count
$19.04 ($1.59 / Count)
  • USDA Certified Organic and Fair Trade
  • B Corp Certified
  • 100% Recyclable, BPA-free kcup
  • Processed with pure water and zero chemicals
  • Sourced and roasted by Larry's Coffee in Raleigh, NC


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More Larry’s Coffee

Larry’s Coffee Variety 3-Pack Bundles

The 3-pack coffee bundles contain 3 packs of 12 oz coffee beans that are vacuum-sealed to maintain freshness. When you buy this bundle pack, you’ll get the Cowboy blend, Mightier Mocha Java blend, and Frenchy French blend.

Larry's Coffee Organic Fair Trade Whole Bean | Bold Flavor Variety Pack | 3-count | 12 Ounce (Pack of 3)
$40.80 ($1.13 / Ounce)
  • Pack of three 12-ounce vacuum bags (total of 36 ounces).
  • A variety of blends for all tastes and preferences.
  • USDA Organic; Fair Trade; Shade Grown for bird safety; Kosher
  • Air vaccuum packaging to ensure freshness.
  • Slow-roasted in our green-o-vated beanplant in Raleigh, NC.


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Larry’s Coffee Bean Martin

The Bean Coffee blend is a mixture of organic Sumatra, organic unwashed Ethiopian beans, and organic Bolivia. This blend features notes of berry and bittersweet cocoa. It’s a dark roast for people who love their coffee dark and elegant.

Larry's Coffee | Whole Bean | Bean Martin | 1 kilogram (2.2 lbs)
$34.06 ($0.97 / Ounce)

The product is USDA Organic, Fair Trade, Shade-grown, Kosher!


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Larry’s Coffee Secret Espresso #17

The Secret Espresso #17 has a thick and creamy body with delicious notes of dark chocolate. It has a warm, dry finish and is as complex as a boutique whiskey with its refreshing tanginess and acidity. 

Larry's Coffee Organic Fair Trade Whole Bean | Secret Espresso #17 | 12 Ounce
$15.00 ($1.25 / Ounce)

From Larry: Our pride and obsession. Our standards for this blend are so high, we literally travel the world every year to make sure the components are exactly as they should be. The roast profile is so ingrained in our roasters' brains, they could draw it with their eyes closed. Comprised of coffees from around the world, including some super secret Larry's Coffee exclusives, the shots pulled from this blend are truly a tour de force. Rich, creamy, and brimming with notes of dark chocolate and toasted tobacco. A refreshingly tangy acidity balances with the full-bodied complexity, resolving to a finish that lingers sweetly before drifting away slowly, leaving you wanting another taste.

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Larry’s Coffee Frenchy French

The Frenchy French coffee blend has the most unconventional approach to roasting dark roast beans. It is incredibly smokey yet appetizing. Every cup of Frenchy French features a bold, dark and rich coffee with hints of bittersweet chocolate undertones.

Larry's Coffee Organic Fair Trade Whole Bean Coffee | Frenchy French | Dark Roast | 2.2 Pound
$33.50 ($0.95 / Ounce)
  • Organic
  • Fair Trade (fairtradeproof.org)
  • Shade-grown
  • Country of origin is United States
  • Specialty: Kosher


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Larry’s Coffee Ethiopia Single Origin

The Ethiopia Single Origin is an Organic coffee with a medium body and bright citrus acidity. It showcases cherries, lemon, caramelized apples, and rich chocolate, paired with aromatic floral tones.

Larry's Coffee Organic Fair Trade Whole Bean | Ethiopia | 1 Kilogram ( 2.2 lb)
$36.85 ($1.05 / Ounce)

Bold, spicy, flowery; a little dark chocolaty; a little wild.

The birthplace of coffee, and indeed of humankind, Ethiopia has a reputation for producing some of the finest beans in the world. Our offering is a very clean washed coffee from just outside the town of Yirgacheffe. Intensely aromatic and super complex in the cup, it's not uncommon to pick up the scent of flowers and flavors of lemon, cherries, caramelized apples, and rich chocolate. Bold and spicy-sweet with a brilliant and bright citrus acidity, our roast is light enough to allow all of the distinctive and classic characteristics of an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee to shine. The medium body is pleasant on the tongue, and the aftertaste is like a fine white wine.

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Larry’s Coffee Mocha Java Blend

The Mocha Java blend version of Larry’s coffee has a distinctive medium-heavy body and spicy, earthy tones. Likewise, it has a lingering sweet berry acidity with a chocolate liquor aftertaste.

Larry's Coffee Organic Fair Trade Whole Bean | Mightier Mocha Java Blend | 1 kilogram (2.2 lbs)
$33.36 ($0.95 / Ounce)

This traditional blend offers a medium-heavy body with loads of earthy spice. Distinct sweet berry acidity and chocolate liquor finish.

Sweet and fruity, full-bodied with hints of caramel and spiced chocolate. This is our take on the classic blend, which has endured for hundreds of years since the Dutch East India Company first carried coffee seeds from Yemen's Red Sea port of Mocha to the Dutch colony of Java in Indonesia. The Dutch understood early on that the high acidity of Mocha coffee paired well with the muted, heavy-bodied Java coffee. Since there are no fair trade options for Mocha coffee or Java coffee, our interpretation pairs a lively and bright Ethiopian with a rich and spicy Sumatran. After roasting each to its own level of sweet and chocolaty darkness, the two are blended into a sublime combination with a perfect balance.

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Larry’s Coffee Larry’s House

Larry’s House is a sweet-tone coffee blend with an overall balance. It displays caramel and chocolate flavor profiles with hints of tobacco and pepper undertones. It’s a household favorite because it’s a coffee that’s not too light nor too dark.

Larry's Coffee | Larry's House | Medium Roast | 1 Kilogram (2.2lbs)
$34.99 ($0.99 / Ounce)
  • USDA Organic, Fair Trade, Shade-grown, Kosher
  • Roasted organic coffee beans from Nicaragua and Guatemala
  • Sourced and roasted by Larry's Coffee in Raleigh, NC
  • A morning mainstay in the coffee brewer here at the beanplant, this blend has widespread appeal due to its all-around balance
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Subscription

If you want to keep your coffee stash fully stocked, subscribing to Larry’s Coffee Subscriptions will simplify things. The process is convenient and offers a generous discount of 10%. The shipping is $5.95 for single orders, but free for purchases over $75. Subscribing doesn’t require any upfront cost and will only charge you once the order is shipped to your location.

What the Community Says

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Cold Brew Coffee❄️☕️ This is a great alternative to the traditional hot coffee that you can easily make at home! Cold brew coffee is actually less acidic than hot brewed coffee. It’s also less irritating to sensitive tummies and still packed full of antioxidants! Coffee is beneficial in a lot of ways when taken in moderation. I used to wake up and the first thing I’d have was coffee. Which is an appetite suppressant. I would find myself more times than not drinking coffee from the time I woke up to lunch time and not having anything to eat. I would get major anxiety! I now know for me, starting my day on an empty stomach filled with caffeine that’s also acidic isn’t the best decision. Like I said moderation is key! These days, I enjoy my cold brew just before or after lunch after I’ve already had something in my stomach. It’s more of a treat for me. I no longer rely on caffeine to wake me up. I’m on that lemon water and fruit first routine😎 I’ve been brewing @larryscoffee which is organic and located in NC! They’re all about sustainability. They are also a “founding member of Cooperative Coffees, a group of independent coffee roasters importing coffee directly from farmers with the goal of defining a higher standard of partnership and fairness.” ❤️ I love my cold brew with oat milk! How do you like your coffee? #coldbrew #coldbrewcoffee #larryscoffee #earthfare #wellnesstips #healthtips #healthcoach

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Our Verdict

Larry’s Coffee’s demonstrable love for coffee, nature, and the community makes this fair trade coffee company genuinely outstanding and inspiring. Their service does not end with delicious coffee blends. It’s just the start. 

Larry’s dedication to improving their business model through community service is superb because it provides an endless loop of good deeds for humankind and the environment. No wonder they’re a B-Certified Corporation with flying colors as they focus on making the world a good place to live.

Dave Hoch

Dave Hoch

Author

Gregariously grounded, whimsically witty, and remarkably resolved. Big lover of adventure and all things related to traveling by bike. Can't go a day without a coffee, even if it's decaf.

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