OUR COMPANY HISTORY

Coffee artists on a mission.

Larry's combines coffee excellence with a belief that business can be a force for good. Based in Raleigh's Five Points neighborhood, Larry's occupies a cluster of three buildings with a roastery in the center, incorporating solar water-heated floors, rainwater-driven restrooms and a massive passive-solar clear story. All Larry's Coffee is Organic, Fair Trade and Shade-Grown, (including the fully recyclable k-cups the company recently launched). 

Larry's is a certified B-Corporation, modeling the role of business as a source of good in the world.  The company is 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. 

 

A FEW FACTS ABOUT US:

We source 100% Organic, Fair Trade, Shade Grown Coffee.

We love roasts that hit the sweet spot between the caramelizing flavors that comes from roasting and the nuances indigenous taste that vary from origin to origin.

If you're in downtown Raleigh, you can taste our latest experiments at our 42 & Lawrence coffee lab and espresso bar on Martin Street. 

We harvest rainwater in giant tanks and use it to run our bathrooms at our headquarters.

We use solar panels on the roof to heat water that heats our floors in the winter. 

To help propagate pollinators, we turned one of our old whiskey barrels (used to age coffee beans) into a bee hive.

Run your vehicle on plant-based biodiesel?  You can get gas right here.  We host one of Raleigh's few biopumps.

We launched the coffee industry's first biodegradable bag in 2008, then withdrew it in 2014 after learning, among other things, that it would cause methane venting which hastens climate change.  Learn more at Journey to Sustainability. 

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OUR FACILITIES

We try to make choices with consequences that are good for our local community, our animal friends, and the planet at large. It turns out that our responsible choices end up leading us to new friendships, fun experiences and a good time in general.  Pun intended, it's good energy to have fun with responsibility.

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NATURAL DAYLIGHTING

Our giant "clearstory" saves energy & makes prettier light than any blubs.

INSULATION

State-o-the-art spray foam insulation keeps us toasty in the winter an cool in the summer.

ZONE HEATING

Zone heating saves energy by only using it where folks are working.

SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING

Our single serve k-cups are recyclable. Just empty and rinse then add to your recycling bin.

REFLECTIVE FLOORING

Sunlight from the "clearstory" bounces up from our special reflective floor paint.

ORGANIC

All the beans being slow-roasted here are 100% Organic, Fair Trade & Shade grown.

COMPOSTING

Our worms in the worm bin work hard to keep our food waste out of the landfill.

VEGGIE OIL

Ned is packaging up fresh-roasted beans in our biodegrable bags.

SOLAR

Around the building are the solar collectors that heat our radiant floors. (Especially comfy on the tootsies!)

LOCAL BIODIESEL

Fillin' up with B100 from our friends at Carolina Biodiesel.

RECLAMATION & REUSE

Local artist, Jeff Hurr, made our gate using reclaimed materials.

RAINWATER HARVESTING

We have 4 tanks that hold a total of 2,500 gallons of rain water that we collect and use to run our bathrooms and water our gardens.

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Larry's Coffee is part of a global movement that aims to make businesses a powerful force for good.

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