I don't have any coffee for you, but I'd say don't use CP weights. (this is all my personal opinion): I think the traditional fanbones/ smartskin is still a very good way to go, and you probably have better control of what the mesh looks like as it deforms. Granted, if you are going to put scales on a snake or something like in the tuts about cp weighting, it is good. But for plain old characters, Smartskin and a few fan bones work wonders.
(besides, I still can't get weighting to do anything worth while!)
good luck on your boning!