Fair Trade, Organic, Shade Grown and Kosher, Larry's Beans "House Blend" is a warm and well-balanced blend of whole coffee beans. All of Larry's Beans are Certified Fair Trade, Shade Grown, Organic or Transitional Organic (in the process of becoming certified organic, and Kosher Pareve. Shade grown coffee beans promotes biodiversity and provides shelter for over 150 bird species which, in turn, reduces the need for pesticides and fertilizers. The Fair Trade Proof label ensures that you can trace the exact path of your beans from farmer to roaster - just find the lot number located on the bottom of each bag of coffee beans that you purchase on the Fair Trade Proof and enter that number on the Fair Trade Proof website to see full documentation of the paper trail ensuring fair pay. Larry's Beans meets the important criteria of purchasing coffee with as many certifications as possible for the good of the workers, the environment, and the customer. The folks at Larry's Beans are passionate about finding the best coffee beans from around the world in countries like Peru, Guatemala, El Salvador and then purchase directly from Fair Trade cooperatives in order to support these small farmers. These finest of beans are then carefully slow roasted to perfection. Each 12 oz. bag is packaged in a state-of-the-art Bio-bag using new technology (this is NOT corn plastic) that allows the plastic to biodegrade in a landfill or in your home compost heap. The plastic bag contains an additive that actually induces the plastic to biodegrade. But before composting your Larry's Beans bag, be sure to first reuse it over and over again while enjoying the abundance of useful and clever bits of information covering literally every square inch of the bag! Example: "Slow roasted by coffee artists in a passive solar, super-green warehouse. We even recycle our rainwater!" And in reference to the biodegradable bag itself: "Invented, printed, and made in the USA."