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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 of 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

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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 October 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.

Coming Soon! Corporate Holiday Gift Order Form and Gift Set Catalog.

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 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)

Tasting Room Closed April 20-21, 2017

The Tasting Room in Berea, Ohio, will be closed Thursday, April 20-Friday, April 21, 2017.

During this time we will be meeting with coffee producers and sourcing coffee.

Normal Tasting Room hours resume Saturday, April 22.

 

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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

 

 

Anne working at the micro mill

Traditional oxcart wheel

 

 

Measuring the coffee harvest

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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.