Tasting Room will be closed April 19-20, 2018

Our Tasting Room will be closed Thursday, April 19, and Friday, April 20, while we meet with coffee producers.

The Tasting Room will reopen for normal hours at 9am on Saturday, April 21.

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Why we like single origin coffees

The term single origin means coffee that has been sourced from a farm, cooperative, coffee variety, or region. This differs from a blend which is a coffee made up of several single origin coffees.

In short, we enjoy single origins because they showcase the flavors of a particular place.

What creates the unique flavors of single origin coffees? To borrow a term from the wine industry, it’s terroir—climate, soil, elevation—all contribute to the distinct flavor of your favorite coffee origin.

Soil: Was the coffee grown in volcanic soil? It can impart a smoky taste in the coffee’s finish.

Elevation: the higher the elevation the more likely you will find elegant flavors like citrus or floral notes.

Process: Washed coffees typically have a “cleaner” finish. Dry process coffee will have earthier and berry notes. Honey process, depending on how much fruit has been removed, can have a smooth finish (“white honey”) or may be full-bodied and complex (“black honey”).

Finally, single origins represent a harvest. That is why during certain times of the year we may be waiting for the new coffee harvest to arrive at our roastery.

In the Red Cedar Coffee Co. Tasting Room our single origin coffees are represented by either a gold or green band across the front label. Examples of our single origin coffees include Organic Guatemala Huehuetenango, Costa Rica La Lia Finca Dragon and Ethiopian Sidamo.

Our coffee tastings also provide an opportunity to learn more about single origin coffees and to taste why they are unique.

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New Release: Costa Rica La Lia Pie San

We will release our new direct trade micro-lot coffee Costa Rica La Lia Pie San on March 3, 2018, at the Red Cedar Coffee Co. Tasting Room in Berea, Ohio.

Luis Alberto Monge Ureña acquired the farm Pie San in 2012 and this is the highest elevation of the family’s six farms. Luis works closely with his brother Oscar to manage their farms and to process their coffee harvest.

The family owns their micro-mill, La Lia, which means the best care and attention is given to the farm’s crop. The micro-mill specializes in the processed coffee in the manner of “white honey,” or “miel.” Approximately 20% of the coffee cherry fruit remains on the bean prior to sun-drying on patios.

This is our second coffee from Luis Alberto Monge and the La Lia micro-mill.

 

Region: Santa Rosa, León Cortés, Tarrazú

Micro-mill: La Lia

Farm: Pie San

Altitude: 2000 meters

Process:  White honey, sun-dried

Profile: Smooth, sweet, citrus, nut

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Brewing with a Chemex Coffeemaker

“What is that?” is a question we often overhear during our coffee tastings when we brew coffee using a Chemex. And for many reasons it is one of our favorite ways to brew coffee.

This brew method is a piece of art that is represented in numerous art museums including the Corning Museum of Glass and Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York.

What is the Chemex?
Invented by chemist Dr. Peter Schlumbohm in 1941, the Chemex combines the beauty of an hour glass with the function of a coffee maker. What makes this piece of art even more impressive is that it brews consistently smooth coffee.

Why do we like the Chemex?
The double bonded Chemex paper filter removes a molecule in coffee oils which creates a clean cup of coffee free from bitterness.

The Chemex does especially well in with washed coffees like our Guatemala Antigua and Costa Rica La Lia Finca Dragon.

We carry the 8-cup (40 ounce) Chemex and coffee filters in our Tasting Room in Berea, Ohio.

Brewing Tip: Use a digital scale when using a Chemex for accuracy.

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Why we brew coffee using a scale

If you have attended one of our coffee tastings at our Red Cedar Coffee Co. tasting room in Berea, Ohio, you may have noticed that for pour over (i.e. Chemex, Hario) and emersion (i.e. French press) coffee brewing methods we use a digital scale. Did you know we also use a digital scale when brewing using a drip coffee maker?

Weighing ingredients helps with consistency

Brewing using a digital scale helps to brew coffee with consistency and accuracy. It’s a small step that is extremely helpful to make sure that you are replicating the same brewing recipe each time. Oftentimes a brewing recipe will show a brewing ratio such as 1:16 (one-ounce coffee to 16 ounces water).

How to use a digital scale for pour overs and emersion methods

For pour over and emersion brewing methods we place the brewer onto the digital scale, tare the weight with coffee, and then weight out the amount of water we use to brew our coffee.

Using the digital scale means you have more control in the amount of water you use. This can be helpful when using a 40 oz. Chemex to brew only 16 oz.

Where to get a digital scale

Red Cedar Coffee Co. carries a Hario digital scale in the tasting room.

Tasting Room Early Closure January 12-13, 2018

An update on our hours this week:

Due to the ice and snow that’s on its way, our Tasting Room will close on Friday, January 12, at 3pm and will be closed Saturday, January 13. We’d rather our customers enjoy Red Cedar Coffee from the comfort and warmth of their homes.

We will re-open on Monday, January 15, at 9am. Stay safe and warm!

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Last Roast of the Season for Jingle Bell Java: January 10, 2018

Even though winter has officially shown up in Northeast Ohio, we will be saying goodbye to Jingle Bell Java shortly for the season. 

Our last roast for Jingle Bell Java in the Tasting Room is scheduled for Wednesday, January 10, 2018. Once we sell out of Jingle Bell Java it will be on vacation until our Christmas in July week.

Jingle Bell Java is our most popular holiday coffee. It is a blend of cinnamon, caramel and pecan and is available in a 16 oz. (one-pound bag) in regular and Swiss Water Processed Decaf.

We do take orders in advance if you want to make sure you don’t miss the last roast. Just call us at 440-260-7509 with your order and you will be notified when your order is ready for pick-up. If you are not local, we ship our coffees nationwide by mail order.

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2018 Coffee Tasting Dates

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Coffee Tasting dates for Red Cedar Coffee Co.

The first Saturday of each month (excluding September) between 10am-1pm we will feature a different coffee to show the coffee’s uniqueness.

If you ever had an interest in learning more about coffee, regions, or how to brew using different methods, then our coffee tastings are for you! Stop in and share a fun experience while learning how to improve your coffee brewing skills.

We will announce the theme for each coffee tasting prior to the event in our Tasting Room, on social media and in our monthly newsletter.

Dates for 2018:

  • January 6
  • February 3
  • March 3
  • April 7
  • May 5
  • June 2
  • July 7
  • August 4
  • October 6
  • November 3
  • December 1

 

Extended Saturday hours in December on Select Dates

The Red Cedar Coffee Co. Tasting Room in Berea will be open extended hours on select Saturdays in December.

The Tasting Room will be open extended hours from 9am-3pm on December 2, 9, 16, and 23.

During the week the Tasting Room is open from 9am-5:30 pm.

Our Tasting Room will be closed on Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. We hope you enjoy your holiday season!

 

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Top 10 Gift List for the Holidays

Do you have a coffee lover on your gift list? This is our Top 10 list of holiday gifts for the season. Visit our Tasting Room and we will help find the perfect gift for your gift recipient.

  1. Airscape. Keep your coffee fresh in this airtight container. The container fits a pound of whole bean or ground coffee.
  2. World of Coffee Gift Set. Tour the coffee growing regions of the world one cup at a time. Includes 4-6 oz. packs of the world’s premier coffee. The set is available in whole bean and ground coffee.
  3. Costa Rica Finca las Torres coffee. One of our direct trade coffees from Costa Rica. Comes with a card detailing the coffee and micro-mill.
  4. Holiday Cheer gift set. Perfect for a hostess gift or a coworker appreciation gift. Includes 5 single pot packs of our holiday flavored coffees.
  5. Chemex. A piece of art! Great for entertaining and highlighting the brightness of a coffee. No wonder this piece is part of the Museum of Modern Art’s display in Architecture & Design.
  6. AeroPress.  Manually brews a shot of espresso. Compact for traveling or brewing in the office.
  7. Coffee equipment cleaner. Having a clean coffee brewer and grinder is one of the steps often overlooked for brewing great tasting coffee.
  8. French Press. For many, this is their first brew method after a drip coffee brewer. Brews a full-bodied cup of coffee.
  9. Toddy Coffee Maker. Brews coffee with lower acidity compared to other brew methods. Makes brewing iced coffee simple.
  10. Gift certificates. We offer gift certificates good for any amount. Let your recipient choose their gift.