Locally Minded • Organically Driven • Globally Sourced
“Ultimately, I’ve found something that will serve my family and I for the rest of my working days. I just love turning people on to delicious, fresh roast coffee.” – JJ Cutbirth
The Leap story.
Like every great story, Leap Coffee began with a moment. In this case, it began with a cup of cappuccino held in the hand of James (JJ) Cutbirth at the young age of 15 in a Carmel, California cafe. It went like this. He sipped. He savored. He was overcome with liquid joy that would forever change JJ from just a normal kid to a coffee aficionado. That was the beginning of Leap Coffee, though he didn’t know it.
Leap forward many years and JJ is now enjoying a rewarding career as a medical real estate professional, husband and father of twin baby girls. His pursuit of all things culinary has expanded into cuisine, wine and coffee. An entrepreneurial spark nagged at him. He told himself he had to make a living and stay the corporate course, until his longing got the better of him. He realized life is short, finite, precious. He needed to follow his passion to craft artisanal coffee and give others the experience of joy in a coffee cup. And he had to tell his wife about his dream to open a coffee roastery and café that feels like home (gulp).
After his wife, Brandy, initially responded with something along the lines of “what have you been smoking?,” she in time realized he had a dream to pursue and joined him in his mission. Within a few years of immersion in the specialty coffee world, and after taking enough coffee-business, roasting science and barista courses, it was time to take THE leap.
Hence, Leap Coffee was born, with JJ as the artisan and coffee as the medium that he shares with all of you.