Coffee is a yearly crop and much like wine, some crops really sing, some crops just hum. While Specialty Coffee farmers do their best and many farms are extremely consistent, sometimes there's magic in there too. On our menu you'll see a number of farms called out by name; La Minita, Kauai Coffee, La Torcaza and others. But you'll also see a number of choices we call CP Select.
These are instances where things need to change in order to stay the same. And, that's where we're a little different. Our CP Select choices, like our Estate choices, are chosen for their high quality as well as looking for consistency from order to order for you. This can be an important element when you've found a type of coffee you love or a certain blend you've created that you want to maintain. Perfection is a difficult goal but we do strive for that ongoing level of quality and consistency in each CP Select choice, so that its as same as possible each time you order. Those CP Select coffees do lose their bag to bag pedigrees as we source our beans from different importers who in turn source from different farms as we search for our choices, but they do carry our brand on the site, our seal of approval as a CP Select choice.
And, Yes. There are those jewels in the world too that we'll never see again. Among these are the Cup of Excellence coffees and others we've come across that are just too good and to rare to pass by. Often what happens is that a farm has only produced 10 or 20 bags of that particular crop. So, there's only so much to be had. In those instances we try to buy as much as possible, tell you as much as possible about the farm, the farmers and region where the coffee has come from. The reality though is that there's only so much of it. We call these micro-lots.
The best thing you can do is when you find a gem that you love, just like us, is buy as much as you can, keeping in mind the yearly cycle of coffee. In less than twelve months there will be another fantastic choice to fall in love with. The best thing you can do is embrace it when you've got it then let go when its gone. Coffees that are no longer available are the only coffees that gets better with age. Spend recklessly if you can.