Red Cedar Coffee Co. at Columbus Coffee Fest

Red Cedar Coffee Co. is hitting the road at the end of September and bringingcoffee to the largest gathering of Ohio coffee roasters.

The Columbus Coffee Fest will take place at the Ohio Village (800 E. 17th Ave) on Sunday, September 30, from 10am-6pm.

Visit the Newspaper Office (Building 6) and try a selection of our direct trade micro-lot coffees brewed using the Chemex.

Ticketing information may be found at www.columbuscoffeefest.com.

Now Roasting Witches’ Brew

Our Halloween inspired coffee is available in our Tasting Room and for Mail Order. Like all of our flavored coffees, Witches’ Brew is available in regular and Swiss Water Processed decaf.

Witches’ Brew is a bubbling cauldron full of creamy caramel and crunchy macadamia nut.

Witches’ Brew will head on vacation at the end of October to make room for our next round of seasonal coffees.

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How to Store Coffee

You’ve taken the time to select your coffee and now you’ve brought them home. Now how do you store your coffee?

Here are four helpful tips for storing your coffee beans.

The original packaging does a pretty good job keeping your coffee beans fresh.
When you purchase coffee from Red Cedar Coffee Co. you will notice a little one-way valve on the front of your bag. This valve releases gas from the coffee beans while keeping oxygen out of the bag. The foil bag protects the coffee beans from moisture and light. It’s always best to open one bag of coffee at a time.

Grind your coffee right before you brew.
To maximize the lifetime and flavors of your coffee you will want to grind your coffee right before brewing it. Coffee grinding releases gases and aromas which are important when you brew coffee.

Keep your coffee at room temperature.
Coffee beans can be sensitive to temperature, moisture and air. Keep your coffee away from spices as coffee can quickly absorb odors. We suggest keeping your coffee beans at room temperature out of direct sunlight.

Airtight containers are coffee’s best friend.
The best way to keep your coffee fresh is to remove the air from your storage container. Our Tasting Room has a selection of Airscape containers. We love that the Airscape container has an inner lid with air-valve that forces air out and locks freshness in. The Airscape works great for both whole bean and ground coffee which makes us love it even more.

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Our Tasting Room stocks two models of Airscape containers: a ceramic version with bamboo lid and a stainless-steel version.

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Brewing with a French Press

The French press brews a full-bodied cup of coffee coffee. If you’re looking to pick up more of the characteristics that make your coffee unique, this is your brew method!

The French press is an immersion brewing method, meaning that the coffee grounds are steeped in hot water before being pressed to the bottom by a metal filter.

You will want to use a coarse grind for brewing your French press coffee. Pour the amount of coffee you’d like into the press then add hot water. Place the lid on top of the French press with the metal filter up. Wait 4-6 minutes and press the metal filter down. Pour and enjoy!

 

Why we like the French Press

It’s a great brewing method to relax and enjoy your coffee.

 

What you will need

Freshly roasted coffee from Red Cedar Coffee Co.

Grinder

French Press

Water Kettle

Digital Scale (to help replicate your favorite recipe)

 

Pro-tip

We find that steeping your coffee for 4-6 minutes is the sweet spot.

 

Pictured above

Our Tasting Room carries double-walled stainless-steel French presses. The French presses have new technologies that create a barrier between the coffee and coffee grounds meaning you won’t have to worry about bitter coffee. Also pictured is a handmade stoneware mug.

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New seasonal flavor: Blueberry Cobbler

With the summer fruit crops rolling in we would like to introduce our new summertime flavor Blueberry Cobbler.

Blueberry Cobbler is a blend of sweet and juicy blueberries with a hint of spices.

Available now in the Tasting Room and for mail order. We will be roasting Blueberry Cobbler throughout the summer and it will go on vacation after Labor Day.

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Pre-order Jingle Bell Java for Christmas in July

We are now taking pre-orders for our Christmas in July celebration.
We have convinced Santa to take a break from summer vacation and he will be stopping by with a special delivery of Jingle Bell Java. His sleigh can only carry enough pounds of Jingle Bell Java for one week.

Jingle Bell Java is our popular holiday flavor of cinnamon, caramel, and pecan. It will be available in 16 oz. (one pound) bags in regular and Swiss Water Processed decaf.

Each year we sell out and we suggest placing a pre-order to guarantee your Jingle Bell Java.

If you pre-order your Jingle Bell Java by Monday, July 16, you will be able to pick up your coffee earlier at our Jingle Bell Java Pick Up Party. You will beat the crowds and will be able to enjoy your coffee a couple days earlier.

Jingle Bell Java Pick Up Party (for customers who have placed pre-orders)
Saturday, July 21
10am-1pm
Red Cedar Coffee Co. Tasting Room

If you do not place a pre-order we will have a limited amount of Jingle Bell Java in our Tasting Room during the week of July 23. After we sell out Jingle Bell Java will be on vacation until November 1.

Please call our Tasting Room at 440-260-7509 to place your Jingle Bell Java Pre-order.

Unable to make it to our Tasting Room? Fill out our Mail Order Form, send it back to us and we’ll ship your coffee to you during our Christmas in July celebration.

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Choosing a Coffee Grinder

Grinding your coffee beans fresh is one of the best ways to brew a more flavorful cup of coffee. Coffee begins to start losing some of its flavor and aromatics as soon as it is ground.

If you like to have the flexibility of grinding for different brewing devices or wish to get the most flavor out of your coffee, you may want to consider grinding your coffee before brewing.

 

Blade vs. Burr Grinder

Blade grinders heat the coffee as they operate due to friction. Many blade grinders have a button that must be held down to grind; depending on who is grinding the coffee, it is much hard to achieve a consistent grind on a blade grinder.

Burr grinders have two revolving abrasive surfaces (“burrs”) and in between which the coffee is ground. Burr grinders slice through coffee beans more consistently which is best for brewing flavorful coffee.

 

Why we Like Burr Grinders

Burr grinders help you brew coffee-shop quality coffee at your home or office. The Red Cedar Coffee Co. Tasting Room features two burr grinders models: Baratza Encore and Baratza Virtuoso grinders.

The Encore is a great entry level burr grinder. The Encore features 40 grind settings. It is lighter and has a small enough footprint that it will fit under standard kitchen cabinets.

The Virtuoso grinds coffee faster compared to the Encore and features a 60-second timed grind switch which is helpful when keeping coffee beans in the hopper. The Virtuoso also has 40 grind settings, however the Virtuoso grinds coffee more consistently for drip, pour over and espresso.

 

Keep your burr grinder in tip-top-shape!

Oils accumulate over time and using the Full Circle grinder cleaning tablet can help you get the most life out of your coffee grinder.

The grinder tablets have been formulated specifically to remove the coffee oils and residue on the grinder’s burrs and can also prevent jamming of the grinder.

Here’s a short article that explains how jams occur and how a little cleaning can prevent them.

The Full Circle grinder tablets we carry in the Tasting Room are food-grade safe and are the same quality of cleaner we use for our grinders.

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Now Roasting Campfire Memories

Our seasonal flavored coffee, Campfire Memories, is back for the season! Recapture moments of sitting around a campfire under a star-filled sky. It’s a s’mores blend of graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow.

This is available in our Tasting Room in Berea and for Mail Order in regular (red label) and Swiss Water Processed Decaf (blue label).

We will be roasting Campfire Memories through Labor Day.

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.