Cosmic Coffee Company was started in 2009 in Honolulu HI and relocated to Santa Clara CA in 2012. All our coffees are purchased and imported through Organic Products Trading Company with the exception of the Maui Mokka which we purchase directly from the growers. Our coffees are organic, Fair Trade, Certified Rain Forrest Alliance and some are Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center certified as bird friendly shade grown.
We believe in paying a living wage to the farmers. They work incredibly hard in some very harsh conditions. In order for us to succeed we need to make sure the farmers succeed. So we don’t ask for discounts or try to nickel and dime them. We pay the asking price for the green coffee. We use compostable bags and recyclable glass. Yes, it’s more expensive but there is only one planet Earth and it is irreplaceable. We support the Café Femenino Foundation and purchase green coffee from Café Femenino farms. To learn more about Café Femenino and what they do for women coffee farmers visit them at http://www.coffeecan.org/about-us.
Carlos, the man behind the coffee, is into the science of coffee and expresses his passion for it though the art of roasting and brewing. He takes the time to develop a unique roast profile for every varietal of coffee he roasts. This often means roasting several test batches of the same beans. Coffee beans have different sizes, density and moisture content depending on the variety, age, where and how the beans were grown and processed. Keeping the profile consistent from batch to batch can also depend on the weather; heat, humidity and cold temperatures can also affect the roast. This is just the basics but you get the idea. In 2009 Carlos was the first barista in the state of Hawaii to become an International Academy of Specialty Coffee certified barista. He started roasting coffee in 2007. He continues to educate himself in all things coffee; earning certificates from The Specialty Coffee Association of America in such areas as Golden Cup Standards, Green Coffee Roasting, Craft Roasting and Identifying Defects in Green and Roasted Coffee. He also handcrafts the water for the Dark Matter Cold Brew and with his own two hands, entirely build-out the coffee bar. Seriously. You can check out his Instagram page: cosmiccoffeeco_ceo. (Oh, he also likes astronomy.)