Organic Honduran Casitas

This is the first Fair Trade Certified organic coffee we have had from the CAFESCOR cooperative in Casitas, Honduras. Grown in western Honduras, this is a heavy-bodied, well balanced medium roast coffee.

The CAFESCOR Cooperative, founded in 2012, is made up of 131 members and harvest generally takes place November-February. The coffee is processed as a fully washed, then the coffee undergoes 12-24 hours fermentation. The coffee is then dried using patio and mechanical drying.

The cooperative promotes social and environmental practices, reducing pollution and conserving water while protecting the region’s biodiversity.

Region: Copan

Subregion: Casitas

Cooperative: CAFESCOR

Number of Cooperative Members: 131

Altitude: 1200-1700 meters

Flavor Profile: chocolate, almond, heavy body

Certifications: Fair Trade, Organic

Organic Honduras Casitas is available for purchase online and for contactless curbside pickup.

Revised 4/17/2020; Posted 3/24/2020

The health and well-being of our customers, guests, and employees continues to be our highest priority, and we are closely monitoring the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As this continues to have an increased impact on our communities, we feel it is important to inform our customers about the steps Red Cedar Coffee Co. is taking to help keep you, our employees, and our communities safe and healthy.

SENIOR/ VULNERABLE HOURS: Monday-Saturday 8am-9am

HOURS: Monday-Friday 9am-4pm; Saturday 9am-1pm

CONTACTLESS CURBSIDE PICK UP: Please call us with your order (440-260-7509) and credit card information. When you arrive in our parking lot please give us a call and we will place your order on the contactless table outside our front door. Phone ordering and contactless curbside pickup available during business hours.

ONLINE SHOPPING: We offer a limited selection at our online store during this time. Please visit our online store. Orders placed and paid for online can be pickup up, please select PICKUP at the checkout.

SOCIAL DISTANCING: We are allowing one customer in at a time in our retail space. For the health of our employees and customers, please place your order by phone (440-260-7509) and pay by credit card for contactless curbside pickup. You may also place an order online (limited selection) and choose contactless curbside pickup. If you are feeling unwell, please do not come inside. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. We are sanitizing tables and doorknobs after each customer leaves our retail space.

MAIL ORDER: We can ship your order to you via USPS. Please call (440-260-7509), fax (440-260-7517) or email (info@redcedarcoffee.com) us with your order and shipping information. Please visit this link for our Retail Order Form (this has our full retail coffee offering).

A heartfelt thank you goes out to all those who have been supporting our small business during this difficult time. We are grateful for your generosity. We will do everything in our power to keep you updated with any new information as it presents itself to us.

SANITARY POLICIES: We are continuing to follow all precautions to keep our staff and customers safe.

We are closely monitoring reports from the World Health Organization; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and federal, state, and local agencies to align our guidelines with health authority recommendations. We would like to emphasize that our production facility is not accessible to the public.

Below are some of the tactics we are doing to maintain the healthy status of our business.  

  • We are promoting safe hygiene practices and providing sanitization supplies for all employees.
  • Employees are cross-trained with the ability to fill in if people are unable to come to work.
  • We are temporarily suspending the following: company meetings, non-essential travel, on-site vendor and customer meetings, public tasting events and sampling.
  • Our production area is not accessible to the public.

“Stay at Home” Order: On Sunday the state of Ohio issued a Stay at Home Order effective 11:59 p.m. on March 23, 2020, until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced on April 2 that Ohio’s Stay at Home order has been extended until 11:59 p.m. on May 1, 2020. 

Only those businesses designated as an essential business are allowed to remain open. The Governor included food/beverage manufactures as an essential business, therefore Red Cedar Coffee Co. will remain open for business.

Our hearts go out to all of those who have been affected.  If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to us at info@redcedarcoffee.com.

We offer contactless curbside pickup at our retail space.

Please call us with your order (440-260-7509) and pay using a credit card. When you arrive in our parking lot please give us a call, and we will set your coffee order on a table outside out front door.

ONLINE SHOPPING: We offer a limited selection at our online store during this time. Please visit our online store. Orders placed and paid for online can be pickup up, please select PICKUP at the checkout. Pickup is available during business hours.

SOCIAL DISTANCING: We are allowing one customer in at a time in our retail space. For the health of our employees and customers, please call in your order and pay for it over the phone for curbside pickup. We are sanitizing tables and doorknobs after each customer leaves our retail space.

Available coffees and pricing information (Mail Order Form, full retail listing).

Have you noticed coffee has changed? Coffee has changed…specifically, the way the coffee has been processed at the farm/micro-mill.

Coffee has traditionally been processed one of two ways, washed process or natural process. Both provide unique flavor profiles.

When clean water is abundant coffee producers may use a washed process to separate the fruit from the coffee bean.

Where water is lacking, a producer would use the natural process and allow the coffee to dry under the sun naturally.

Times have changed due to innovations in processing equipment at the farm and coffee roaster’s request.

Costa Rica has led the innovation by combining elements of the washed and dry processes. This new process is called the honey process. By adjusting equipment such as depulpers at the mill, producers can choose how much fruit they want to remove off the coffee bean. These changes can also impact the way the coffee tastes once it’s been brewed.

Many ask if honey is used in the coffee process. The name “honey process” comes from the honey-like fragrance (called “miel” in Spanish) of the fruit drying on the coffee bean.

We are pleased to offer three outstanding honey processed coffees:

  • White honey: most of the fruit is removed off the coffee bean. (Example: Costa Rica Finca Dragon)
  • Red honey: partial fruit is removed from the coffee bean. It will have a bit more body compared to the white honey. (Example: Costa Rica Pie San)
  • Black honey: the coffee cherry is peeled but the fruit remains on the coffee beans. Depending on weather condition, it can take 7-14 days for the fruit to dehydrate off the coffee bean. Since the bean is absorbing sugars during this time the coffee will be full bodied, complex and with natural sweetness. (Example: Costa Rica Finca las Torres)

These honey processed coffees are available in the Red Cedar Coffee Co. Tasting Room and online.

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

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 harder to achieve a consistent grind on a blade grinder.

Burr grinders have two revolving abrasive surfaces (“burrs”). 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 a couple burr grinder models.

The Encore and Virtuoso+ grinders are manufactured by Baratza which has one of the best warranties on the market. Baratza’s grinders have been designed for longevity. Both models have a storage hopper that can hold about half a pound of coffee.

The Encore is a great entry level burr grinder.

  • The Encore is lighter and has a small footprint.

The Virtuoso+ grinds coffee faster compared to the Encore.

  • Features a 60-second timed grind switch which is helpful when storing coffee beans in the hopper.
  • There is an LED back-light for the ground coffee bin so you know how much coffee you are grinding.

Hand Coffee Grinders

If you have the need to travel with your coffee grinder, or just prefer a manual model, our Tasting Room offers the Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill Skerton Plus. This grinder comes with a lid that can be used to store ground coffee. This model features a durable ceramic burr and the anti-slip cover helps ensure stable coffee grinding.

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. If you are grinding dark roast coffees or flavored coffees, you will want to clean your grinder on a more frequent basis.

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.

3/15/2020 Our popular Coffee Tasting Events are currently on hiatus until public health conditions improve.

The first Saturday of each month (excluding September) between 10am-1pm we will feature a different single origin coffee to show the coffee’s uniqueness. The last coffee tasting for the day will start at 12:45 pm.

If you ever had an interest in learning more about coffee, regions, or how to brew using different coffee brewing 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 featured coffee for each coffee tasting prior to the event in our Tasting Room, on social media and in our monthly newsletter.

  • January 4
  • February 1
  • March 7
  • April 4–CANCELLED
  • May 2–CANCELLED
  • June 6–CANCELLED

Please be advised that these are standing room only events.

Whether you’re looking for impressive gifts, delightful stocking stuffers or coffee to accompany your holiday get together, we have it all. Here’s our pick of gifts for the holidays.

  1. Airscape. Keep your coffee fresh! The lid removes and locks out air to preserve and protect the freshness and flavor. Holds one-pound whole bean coffee.
  2. World of Coffee Gift Set. Tour the coffee growing region of the world one cup at a time. Includes 4-6 oz. packs of the world’s premier single origin coffee. Sets are available in whole bean and ground coffee.
  3. Holiday Cheer gift set. Perfect for a hostess gift or a coworker appreciation gift. Includes 5 single pot packs of our holiday flavored coffee.
  4. 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.
  5. Roaster’s Choice Coffee Subscription. Features flavorful single origins, limited offerings, and outstanding micro lot coffees in a 3-,6-, 12-month subscription. Each month of the tour we will ship one pound of coffee chosen by our expert roasters.
  6. Baratza Virtuoso+ Grinder. Nothing tastes better than fresh ground coffee. You have the ability to preset the digital timer for grinding, LED backlit grounds bin to dose ground coffee and this grinder is built to last.
  7. Travel mug. Take your Red Cedar coffee with you wherever you go. Made of double-walled stainless-steel features a spill-proof, lockable lid to keep hot drinks hot (or cold drinks cold) for hours.
  8. Costa Rica Finca Pie San. A microlot from one of our direct trade coffee producers in Costa Rica. We’ve been roasting coffee from the La Lia Micromill since 2015 and are really pleased with this year’s crop. Processed as a red honey this coffee has fruitier notes compared to Finca Dragon (also processed at the La Lia Micromill).
  9. Desk Press. These travel French presses give you the option to brew and drink coffee on the go. The brü-stop plate locks in place once the plunger is pressed and separates the brewed coffee from the coffee grounds. No more worrying about over-extracted French press coffee!
  10. Gift Certificates. Let your recipient choose their gift.

Tour the world in coffee!

Our Roaster’s Choice Coffee Tour features flavorful single origin, limited offerings, and outstanding micro lot coffees in a 3-, 6-. or 12-month subscription.

Each month of the our we will ship one pound of freshly roasted coffee, chosen by our expert roasters, to you or the recipient of your choice.

Want to let the lucky recipient know to look out for coffee each month? We provide a gift card that you can mail or give them in person!

Shipping is included in the price. Bon voyage!

Print off a Coffee Tour order form here:

RCC Coffee Tour Form-print

Forms may also be filled out in the Red Cedar Coffee Co. Tasting Room in Berea.

We offer a selection of Fair Trade Certified organic coffees in our Tasting Room in Berea, Ohio. These coffees are sourced from cooperatives and have been grown without the use of pesticides and chemicals.

What does Fair Trade mean?

These coffees are grown by members of a cooperative. Cooperatives are made up of a group of small coffee producers. The members are guaranteed a minimum price to protect them from the volatility of the coffee market.

Once the coffee is sold, most of the proceeds go directly to the coffee producers. A small portion, however, will be used to fund quality and equipment improvements (i.e. depulpers, solar dryers, farm renovations) or for social projects (such as education, clean water projects and health care).

Environmental standards help protect producers, their workers and the planet.

Does Red Cedar Coffee Co. roast any organic coffees?

All our Fair Trade Certified coffees are certified organic. Fair Trade requires producers to take measures to protect natural resources and the environment.

All coffees that are Fair Trade Certified Organic have a green band on the front label in addition to the Fair Trade logo.

Some of the Fair Trade Certified Organic coffees we are enjoying now:

Fair Trade Certified Organic Guatemala Huehuetenango: From the 330-member cooperative, Guaya’b. Members have access to micro-financing in order to help year-round maintenance. Members are training on soil analysis and organic fertilizer production.

Fair Trade Certified Organic Mexican: Through fair trade the cooperative has financed the building of a cupping lab, coffee storage shed and a meeting hall. The cooperative has 663 members and has been certified fair trade since 2001.

Fair Trade Certified Organic Peru: La Florida is a 100-member coffee cooperative in the Chanchamayo region. Through fair trade premiums the cooperative has purchased coffee sorting equipment and additional acreage for coffee drying patios.

World Coffee Research

Red Cedar Coffee Co. has been a proud supporter of World Coffee Research for years. We feel that it is important to support coffee producers who are the foundation of our industry and who work hard to provide a product that enriches our lives.

World Coffee Research (WCR) was founded in 2012 when Central and South America were experiencing an epidemic of coffee rust (“la roya”), which eventually put 1.7 million people out of work.

Part of the challenge of growing coffee is that across all varieties there’s very little genetic diversity. In addition, relatively few research dollars go to studying coffee which is why coffee is sometimes referred to as an “orphan crop.”

Some coffee producing countries have research facilities where coffee producers can contact for help. Other coffee producing countries do not have these research facilities. Typically, the information gained from these research institutions are not shared with other country’s research institutions. 

This is where World Coffee Research can help. They work with all coffee research institutions to help share their research worldwide.

World Coffee Research is currently conducting an international multilocational variety trial to understand coffee “genetics x environment’ interaction. The hope is that more information may be gained from these trials to see if coffee producers can choose varieties that are optimized for certain growing environments.  

As a result of our support for their study Red Cedar Coffee Co. had the opportunity to try several coffees from a trial in El Salvador which tested one coffee variety (F1 hybrid Centroamericano) from two environments with two approaches to fertilizing.

This is just one example of how our support for this cause helps us be on the cutting edge of coffee education.

More information on World Coffee Research may be found here.