The best coffee in the world is identified and purchased where it is grown, and the best relationships we have with farmers are those we visit year after year. A visit always entails collecting samples of the coffees. Each coffee is bought based on a reference number, called a lot – 37,500 pounds, sequestered out. There may be 500+ bags in a lot. A number is assigned to a lot and price is determined by grade. Coffee is usually regarded as the second largest traded commodity in the world (behind oil) so buying coffee is a job with which I take great care.