Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about locally crafted beverages of many persuasions: beer, wine, coffee, spirits and more.
All it takes is one person with a passion and a lot of drive. That’s how Larry’s Beans started, by a guy named Larry whose love of coffee roasting led him away from graduate school in the mid 1990s to a life long pursuit of the perfect cup, the most sustainable way he knows how at the green-o-vated plant on Gavin Street in Raleigh.
Larry’s Beans has built its reputation for roasting fair trade coffee and creating unique blends that require no added dairy or sweeteners to mask an “off” flavor. It’s a coffee that’s meant to be brewed then sipped “as is”. You’ve probably seen Larry’s Beans in local shops (perhaps at one of the Weaver Street Market locations). I purchased my first bag from Taylor’s Wine Shop in North Raleigh, the Bean Martin blend, a dark roast I come back to when I crave something rich and complex. But there are a dozen other blends to choose from at Larry’s Beans, as well as single origin coffee and cold brew coffee too.
But what is a “green-o-vated” facility? It’s one where worms are used to compost biodegradable items, where rainwater is collected to use in the bathrooms, where natural light cuts down on energy bills and where the company’s delivery bus runs on recycled vegetable oil. Larry’s Beans is one of our area’s certified B Corporations, a company that has been certified to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Not an easy feat to achieve, but certainly a worthwhile endeavor for a company centered around sustainability.
You may have had the opportunity to tour the facility in person during a public tour in the past (if not, watch the Larry’s Beans Facebook page for future announcements about any upcoming tours or events). Perhaps you’ve spotted the Veggie Bus making deliveries around the Triangle and been curious? If you haven’t happened upon Larry’s Bean yet, do make the effort to seek them out near you and taste the difference.