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Holiday Coffee Release Date: November 1

Seasonal flavors

We will be releasing our holiday coffees in our Tasting Room in Berea on November 1, 2017. These four coffees will be available heading into December however we are expecting to sell out before Christmas.

Jingle Bell Java: Dash through the snow then warm up with caramel, pecan and cinnamon. You’ll jingle all the way. By far the most popular coffee of the holiday season. Want to make sure you can get your Jingle Bell Java fix? Don’t worry! We will announce our last call roast for Jingle Bell Java on social media and in our newsletter.

Winter Carnival: Invigorating cool peppermint with a swirl of creamy white chocolate.

Toasted Chestnut: The rich fragrance of roasted chestnuts recalls vivid memories of holidays past.

Elves’ Delight: A favorite of elves, we’re told, inspired by warm gingerbread cookies smothered in chocolate.

Pumpkin Spice: We will be roasting Pumpkin Spice while quantities last until Thanksgiving.

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.

In addition to our one pound bags of coffee we have a selection of corporate and holiday gifts. Visit our gift selection page for this year’s holiday gift selection.

Insider tip: if there’s a particular coffee that you would like to purchase a larger quantity of, give us a call ahead of time so that we can make sure your coffee order is ready when you come to our Tasting Room for pick up.

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Limited Time: Fair Trade Certified Organic Guatemala Huehuetenango

Our Organic Guatemala Huehuetenango (pronounced “way-way-tenango”) is grown in the highlands of western Guatemala. The cooperative offers women’s programs focusing on nutrition, and work and business training.

Certified bird-friendly by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (SMBC), this coffee is also Fair Trade Certified organic.

About the cooperative: Guaya’n cooperative finances medical insurance for members and their families. Members have access to low interest micro loans. Additional income to members comes from selling fruits and peppers.

We will be releasing our Fair Trade Certified Organic Guatemala Huehuetenango at our Saturday, October 7, 2017, Coffee Tasting. This coffee will be available for a limited time only.

Cooperative: Guaya’b

Sub Region: Jacaltenango

Variety: Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai

Altitude: 1400-1650 meters

Preparation: Fully washed, sun dried

Flavor Profile: Juicy, caramel, orange

Roast Style: Medium

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Meet the Coffee Producer Recap: Finca las Torres

On Saturday, September 9, 2017, Red Cedar Coffee Co. welcomed Esteban and Luis Ureña from Rivense del Chirripó in Costa Rica. This was part of Red Cedar Coffee Co.’s 12th Anniversary Celebration. The Ureña family owns a micro-mill along with five coffee farms.

For the last couple years, Red Cedar Coffee Co. has purchased coffee directly from their farm, Finca las Torres. Each February Anne visits this farm and micro mill for harvest and the coffee selection process.

Red Cedar Coffee Co. invited Esteban and Luis to the coffee roastery and launch of their coffee at the Anniversary Party. Not often are coffee producers able to see what happens to their coffee after it has left the farm.  It was an exciting visit for Esteban and Luis as it was their first time leaving Costa Rica.

To give a sense of coffee in Costa Rica, most coffee is consumed at home or in small cafeterías (coffee shops). By Costa Rican law, 2% of export grade coffee must be held in country for domestic consumption. Most coffee consumed in country is what the coffee industry calls second or third quality coffee, and most of this coffee is roasted dark or with sugar. This means no coffee is wasted from harvest.

The Ureña family is innovative compared to many other Costa Rican producers. They own their own micro mill which means they can insure their coffee is of highest quality. They have a coffee roaster for sampling their harvest. The family drinks the coffee they grow every day. They cup their coffee harvest which is how coffee professionals evaluate the crop, processes and pre-export evaluation. This visit to Red Cedar Coffee Co. was an opportunity for them to see the other end of the supply chain and to interact with our retail and wholesale customers.

Esteban and Luis learned a lot about the US coffee market during their stay with Red Cedar Coffee Co. Cooking with coffee and crafting coffee infused beverages were new ideas. The opportunity to spend time with a wholesale coffee roaster (Red Cedar Coffee Co.) also provided additional insight into the US coffee market. They also had a chance to sightsee Cleveland.

We would like to thank everyone who came to our Anniversary event and who made Esteban and Luis feel at home.

  

 

 

 

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Celebrating 12th Anniversary with Meet the Coffee Producer Tasting Event

Red Cedar Coffee Co. will host their 12th Anniversary celebration on Saturday, September 9, 2017, between 10am-1pm in their Berea, Ohio, Tasting Room.

During the celebration, we will release our new limited edition direct trade Costa Rica Finca las Torres from the Chirripó region of southern Costa Rica.

Produced by Régulo Gerardo Ureña and his family, Finca las Torres is located between Cerro Chirripó, Costa Rica’s highest peak, and Cerro de la Muerte which is the highest peak on the Inter-American highway.

Our 12th Anniversary is an exciting time and we have brought the Ureña family to our Tasting Room for our Finca las Torres release. Anne returned to Finca las Torres in February and worked with Luis and Esteban Ureña during the harvest and the processing of the harvest.

We are pleased to have Luis and Esteban at our Tasting Room so customers will have the unique opportunity to meet the family behind one of our direct trade coffees and more importantly Luis and Esteban will be able to join in on the celebration as we release their coffee.

During the coffee tasting Finca las Torres will be brewed using the Chemex, as a drip coffee and as a single origin shot of espresso. The three brew methods will provide customers an opportunity to taste how the flavor and aroma changes based on how the coffee has been brewed. This event is free and open to the public.

12th Anniversary Celebration and Meet the Producer Event

Finca las Torres Release

Saturday, September 9, 2017

10am-1pm

Red Cedar Coffee Co. Tasting Room

This event is standing room only.

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Corporate Holiday Gifts

Take advantage of the summer and start planning early for your company’s holiday corporate gifts.

The gift of great-tasting coffee is always appreciated! Whether you are planning gifts for employees or showing appreciation to customers, our corporate gifts can be customized to fit your needs.

Corporate gifts from Red Cedar Coffee Co. are available for your company’s events year-round. Please place your order 30 days prior to your event.

Corporate Holiday Gifts: For corporate holiday gifts please place your order no later than November 1. We take orders on an as-available basis after this date.

Please give us a call for more information and to order holiday gift sets.

Have your gift recipients finalized? Check out our Corporate Gift Selection 2017. Fill out our Gift List spreadsheet with your gift recipient’s information and send it to us to get the ball rolling.

 

Our Popular Direct Trade Micro-lot Set

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Pre-order now 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.

Starting July 24, we will have a limited amount of Jingle Bell Java. Each year we sell out and we suggest placing a pre-order to guarantee your Jingle Bell Java. This is our popular holiday flavor of cinnamon, caramel, and pecan. For our Christmas in July celebration Jingle Bell Java will be available in 16 oz. (one pound) bags in regular and Swiss Water Processed decaf.

If you pre-order your Jingle Bell Java by Wednesday, July 19, 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 22
10am-1pm
Red Cedar Coffee Co. Tasting Room

After we sell out Jingle Bell Java will be on vacation until November 1.

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Library Lovers’ Brew

Red Cedar Coffee Co. is pleased to partner with local branches of the Cuyahoga County Public Library as part of their Friends of the Library fundraiser program.

The Library Lovers’ Brew is available only at select branches (Strongsville, Bay Village, Berea, Middleburg Heights) in twelve (12) ounce bags of ground regular and Swiss Water Processed decaf.

The Library Lovers’ Brew is a creamy, smooth medium roast created only for the Friends of the Library. A portion of each sale goes back to the Friends of the Library group and will provide funds for use towards the library, future library events and programming.

Read more here for information on the Strongsville branch program. Support your local library and enjoy some great coffee along the way.

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Toddy Cold Brew

We have recently been fielding questions on cold brew technique at the Red Cedar Coffee Co. Tasting Room in Berea, Ohio. As we head into the warm summer months it is not hard to think about cool summertime beverages. Cold brew coffee is one of those options.

While cold brew tends to be most popular during the summer, increasingly it is being served year-round in cafes and restaurants. The Toddy Cold Brew System brews a coffee concentrate using cold or room temperature water. When you are ready to drink cold brew coffee simply add 3 parts of water milk or soy (cool or steaming) to 1 part coffee.

We will feature the Toddy Cold Brew System as one of the three brew methods during our summer coffee tastings (May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5).

 

Why we like the Toddy Cold Brew System

One benefit to cold brew coffee is the longer brew time (using cooler water) removes much of the acidity naturally found in coffee (50-67% less acidity compared to drip coffee makers according to Toddy).

Another benefit is that the Toddy Cold Brew system is easy to brew and clean. The coffee concentrate stays fresh up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

 

What comes with the Toddy Cold Brew System

The system comes with a brewing container, glass decanter, lid, Toddy filters (2) and a rubber stopper. The Toddy Cold Brew system is BPA free.

Red Cedar Coffee Co. sells the Toddy Cold Brew System and Toddy replacement filters.

 

Brewing Steps:

  1. Pour coarsely ground coffee and cold water into the brewing container.
  2. Steep for 12-24 hours.
  3. Filter the coffee concentrate into the glass decanter. Stays fresh for up to 2 weeks.

 

Cold Brew Coffee Recommendations

While any coffee may be used to brew cold brew coffee, we have a couple recommendations. If you prefer fruitier coffees try our Kenya AA or Ethiopian Sidamo. For chocolaty notes try our Fair Trade Certified Organic Colombian.

 

Thai Iced Coffee*

Ingredients

4 oz. Toddy® Cold Brewed Coffee

1/4 tsp. Cardamom

2 oz. Half and Half

Ice

Directions

Stir all ingredients, except the ice, together in a 16 oz. cup until well combined. Fill with ice.

 

Orange Truffle*

Ingredients

3 oz. Toddy® Cold Brewed Coffee (Use coffee beans with chocolate notes)

1 oz. Chocolate Syrup

1 oz. Caramel Syrup

1 oz. Orange Juice

6 Ice Cubes

2 oz. Cold Milk

Directions

Stir together ingredients (except milk and ice). Pour into tall glass over ice, add milk and serve.

 

Café Français*

Ingredients

1/4 cup Heavy Cream, Chilled

1 tbs. Confectioners’ Sugar

1/4 tsp. Vanilla

3/4 cup Toddy® Cold Brewed Coffee

1/4 cup Steaming Hot Water

Directions

Beat cream until rich and fluffy, with soft peaks. Mix in sugar, and continue to beat until stiff peaks. Add whipped cream to mug. Mix Toddy® coffee concentrate with water and steam. Add vanilla and pour over cream. Serve right away, and do not stir.

*Recipes from Toddy.com. Additional Toddy cold brew recipes may be found here.

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Campfire Memories Returns for Summer

“Is it summer yet?”

We hear that question a lot in the Red Cedar Coffee Co. Tasting Room in Berea, Ohio. It’s not that customer are simply looking forward to their summer vacations and the warm weather. No, we hear it from customers who are eagerly awaiting the return of our summertime seasonal flavor Campfire Memories.

Our Campfire Memories is a s’mores flavor blend of graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow.

We are releasing our Campfire Memories on Monday, May 1, for Tasting Room and Mail Order customers. All summer long we will be roasting the coffee in regular and Swiss Water Processed Decaf.

Be sure to stop in for a pound before Campfire Memories heads on vacation Labor Day weekend.

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It’s spring cleaning time!

And that means it’s time to clean your coffee brewer, espresso machine or grinder.

We really like the easy to use Full Circle coffee and espresso cleaning products. These will keep your coffee brewers clean and brewing great tasting coffee.

All cleaners are phosphate free which means you will help keep Lake Erie clean. All cleaners are biodegradable and fragrance free.

In stock in Red Cedar Coffee Co.’s Tasting Room in Berea, Ohio, are the following cleaners:

Descaling Powder (coffee and espresso machine, breaks down lime scale and mineral build-up inside your machine)

Cleaning Powder (coffee machine, works to remove oily residue that builds up over time in coffee brewers)

Espresso Machine Cleaning Tablets (espresso machine, removes oil and residue left behind in an automatic espresso machine)

Grinder Cleaning Tablets (coffee grinder, removes coffee residue and oils)