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Costa Rica Harvest 2017

In February, Anne visited our direct trade partners in Costa Rica during harvest. This year’s visit was special for Anne as she spent time at Finca las Torres in the Chirripó region of southern Costa Rica and participated in the harvesting and processing of the same coffee that will be in our Tasting Room this fall.

Finca las Torres is located about four hours south of San Jose off the Inter-American Highway. ICAFE, Costa Rica’s Coffee Institute, has designated this coffee production region as Brunca. This area is more accurately defined however as the Chirripó micro region. Here the coffee is grown at high elevation (around 1500-2000 meters) and has a distinctly different flavor in the cup when compared to the low elevation production in the Brunca region.

Anne worked at the micro-mill during the morning with Régulo and Luis. The coffee which was drying was carefully raked on the raised African beds. Coffee which had been drying on the patio was then collected into Grain-Pro bags to continue the drying process.

The activities in the afternoon centered on the farm. Coffee that is picked during the morning is collected by mid-afternoon. The coffee is measured and each picker’s yield is recorded. By late afternoon the coffee cherries are brought to the micro mill.

During the evening the coffee cherry is de-pulped and laid onto raised African style beds. Café Rivense del Chirripó micro mill specializes in honey processed coffees. The coffee skin is removed during the de-pulping process but the fruit remains on the bean. The idea is to have the honey dehydrate on the bean—the honey must hold onto the coffee bean—which will mean the cup of coffee will have more sweetness.

The balance of the trip was spent at farms in Tarrazu, Central and West Valley. Anne cupped coffees at the farms and arranged for Red Cedar Coffee Co. to bring fantastic coffees to your table.

Coffee blossom

Anne with the Ureña family

Coffee Cherries

View from Finca las Torres

 

 

 

 

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Swiss Water Process Decaf

Since we started roasting coffee in 2005 we have been working to roast the best tasting coffee for our caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee drinkers.

With that goal, we roast Swiss Water Process decaf which is the only 100% chemical free decaf coffee. If you look at one of our Red Cedar Coffee Co. retail coffee bags you will see the Swiss Water Process logo placed prominently on the front label.

There are many ways to decaffeinate a coffee bean. However, the process that Swiss Water Process uses sets their coffee process apart. The Swiss Water Process method removes caffeine from the coffee bean using water, while protecting the unique characteristics (sometimes referred to as the origin or taste) of the coffee.

The decaffeination process begins by soaking the unroasted (green) coffee beans in hot water which in turns releases the caffeine. Once the caffeine has migrated from the bean and into the water, the caffeine rich water is moved into a new tank. Within this new tank the caffeine rich water will slowly flow through a carbon filter which traps the caffeine molecules and allows the soluble components to flow through the carbon filter. The unroasted coffee bean’s flavors and oils and then reabsorbed into the unroasted coffee bean which keeps the flavor intact. This process takes 8-10 hours and in the end the unroasted coffee is 99.9% caffeine free.

We understand that decaf coffee should be as special as its regular caffeinated counterpart. Therefore, we only trust Swiss Water Process with our decaf coffees.

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February Coffee Tasting: Kenya AA

On Saturday, February 4, 2017, from 10 am-1 pm Red Cedar Coffee Co.’s Tasting Room in Berea will be highlighting Kenya AA. This origin is widely considered one of the best in East Africa.

During the coffee tasting we will be brewing our Kenya AA using the following brew methods:

AeroPress

Chemex

Espresso

This is a fun opportunity to taste how the flavor and aroma of coffee changes depending on the brew method used.

Each month we select a different coffee, or theme, for our coffee tastings. This event is free and open to the public, no reservations required. We look forward to seeing you!

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2017 Coffee Tasting Calendar Announced

2017 is right around the corner and with a new year comes new coffee tastings. 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! The first Saturday of each month (excluding September) we will feature a different coffee to show the coffee’s uniqueness. 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.

The coffee tastings are free and open to the public, no reservation required.

Dates for 2017:

  • January 7
  • February 4
  • March 4
  • April 1
  • May 6
  • June 3
  • July 1
  • August 5
  • October 7
  • November 4
  • December 2
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Extended Hours on Select Saturdays in December

December is a fun and exciting time for many. From the chill from winter’s air, to lights on trees and the time to visit with friends and family. Add some hot coffee into the mix and it’s a wonderful time of the year.

During the month of December, the Red Cedar Coffee Co. Tasting Room in Berea will be open extended hours from 9am-3pm on the following Saturdays:

December 3, December 10, December 17

On Saturday, December 3, we will host our Holiday Open House from 9am-3pm. This event is popular with our customers—many make a couple hours’ trek for the event. Attendees will have the opportunity to try eight coffees—including all our holiday flavors—and Ed Doran from D&E Espresso Services will be crafting espresso based drinks throughout the day. We will have cookies from Gypsy Beans & Baking Co. and Polaris Career Center’s Mon Delice Bakery.

On Saturday, December 10, and December 17, from 10am-2pm we will have brewing demonstrations in the Tasting Room.

Our Tasting Room will be open normal business hours (9am-1pm) on Saturday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) and Saturday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve).

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Holiday Gifts

The holidays are in full swing at Red Cedar Coffee Co.’s Tasting Room in Berea, Ohio. We have been roasting and stocking our Tasting Room with coffee, brewing equipment and gifts.

For our gift sets we have a couple options…

Our World of Coffee gift set features 4, 6 oz. whole bean bags of coffee. This year’s selection includes Ethiopian Harrar, Fair Trade Certified Organic Peru, Guatemala Antigua and Sumatran Mandheling. This is a popular choice since it represents four of the most distinctive coffees from around the world.

Our Holiday Cheer gift set has 5-2 oz. holiday flavor packs and makes a perfect hostess gift. The Holiday Cheer are available in regular and decaf while supplies last.

Other gift ideas…

We carry AirScape airtight coffee containers for storing your whole bean or ground coffee. Two colors available: Pearl and Chrome.

French Presses are a great alternative to drip coffee makers. Ours our made with double walled stainless steel which is sturdy and easier to clean. Three colors to choose from: Obsidian, Chrome and Cherry Red.

Thinking about upgrading your coffee grinder? Our Encore burr grinder has 40 grind settings, each are easily marked and takes the guesswork out of coffee grinding. Burr grinders work best for coffee grinding since the burrs slice through the coffee beans evenly and cleanly.

The AeroPress is a nice substitute for brewing espresso-like coffee without the espresso machine or taking your coffee brewing on the road. This is the most compact and easy to clean coffee maker.

And we have gift certificates for that person who is tough to shop for; gift certificates are available in any amount.

 

Coffee of the World Set

Coffee of the World Set

Holiday Cheer

Holiday Cheer

AirScape and French Press

AirScape and French Press

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Small Business Saturday

On Saturday, November 26, 2016, Red Cedar Coffee Co. will be celebrating Small Business Saturday from 10am-1pm with a coffee tasting at their Berea Tasting Room. The brew method showcased will change every hour.

Have friends or family visiting for the holiday weekend? Bring them along for our tasting!

We will be brewing on the following equipment:

10am     Hario v60

11am      French Press

12pm      Chemex

Have a question you would like to ask on a specific brew method? Or would you like to learn how to brew beyond the drip coffee maker? Now is your chance! You’ll have the opportunity to try different coffees on each brew method.

This event is free and open to the public, no reservations required.


 

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Fabulous Food Show 2016

Red Cedar Coffee Co. returns to the I-X Center in Cleveland, Ohio, November 11-13, 2016, for the Fabulous Food Show.

For us, the holidays kick off with the Fabulous Food Show. This 3-day event provides an opportunity for attendees to sample from a variety of specialty food purveyors, breweries and wineries. Live demonstrations will be held throughout the event.

Visit Red Cedar Coffee Co. at booth #1355 near Street Fair and the Giant Eagle Market District Theatre. We will feature a selection of our popular holiday coffees and our all-time favorites.

In addition, Red Cedar Coffee Co. will participate in a specialty ticketed event on Saturday, November 12, Dessert First with the “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro.

Ticketing information and event schedule available at FabulousFoodShow.com.

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Seasonal coffees abound!

Seasonal flavors

The fall and winter months are an exciting time for customers at Red Cedar Coffee Co. Until the end of this year we will be roasting several seasonal coffees that will be available for a limited time.

So with the changes of months and seasons we want to keep everyone in the loop on which coffees are coming in and which ones are going away for the season in the Tasting Room.

Fans of Witches’ Brew beware: Witches Brew will be available through the end of October while quantities last. Please be advised we tend to sell out ahead of Halloween. We recommend not waiting until last minute if you love this coffee.

Pumpkin Spice: We will be roasting Pumpkin Spice until Thanksgiving.

Jingle Bell Java, Winter Carnival, Toasted Chestnut and Elves’ Delight will be on the shelves in our Tasting Room starting Tuesday, November 1. These four coffees will be available heading into December however we are expecting to sell out before Christmas. We will announce a last call roast for Jingle Bell Java on social media.

Our Swiss Water Processed Decaf versions of all seasonal coffees will be available but be quick as they tend to be the first to sell out.

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New handmade mugs in our Tasting Room

There is just something about handmade pottery, knowing that you’re holding a one-of-a-kind item.

At Red Cedar Coffee Co., we try to source locally, or US made products as best as we can. We have found a company in Wisconsin that is makes beautifully handcrafted stoneware mugs for us.

Our stoneware mugs are hand thrown on a pottery wheel. Made by hand, no two mugs are exactly the same. These 14 oz. mugs come in two glazes: Sandstorm and Dark Mint.  Not only are they very sturdy for brewing using an AeroPress but they are dishwasher, microwave and oven safe.