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.

Jingle Bell Java

Summer is cruising right along and soon it will be time for our Christmas in July celebration.

With Santa’s permission, we are bringing back Jingle Bell Java (regular and decaf) in one pound bags for one week only, July 22-28, while quantities last.

We are encouraging pre-orders to guarantee some of this limited coffee roast.

We are taking pre-orders until noon on Monday, July 15.

Customers who pre-order Jingle Bell Java may pick up their coffee at our Christmas in July Pickup Party (information located at the end of this page). You will have the opportunity to beat the crowds and enjoy your coffee a few days earlier.

Customers who place an order after the deadline will be able to pick up their Jingle Bell Java during the week of July 22-28.

We will have a limited amount of Jingle Bell Java in our Tasting Room during Christmas in July for those who do not order in advance, while quantities last.

Call us at 440.260.7509 or place an order in person at our Tasting Room. Once we sell out, Jingle Bell Java will be on vacation until November 1.

Christmas in July Pickup Party

(for customers who preordered their coffee by noon on July 15)

Red Cedar Coffee Co. Tasting Room

Saturday, July 20, 2019

10am-1pm

Christmas in July Week

July 22-27, while quantities last

What is Jingle Bell Java?

Jingle Bell Java is our top selling holiday flavor of cinnamon, caramel and pecan. It will be the only flavor from our holiday coffee line-up.

In our Tasting Room we are often asked about acidity in coffee. While there’s not a one size fits all approach to answering this question, we’ve outlined a few points to consider.

The term “acidity” is used a few different ways in the coffee industry.

  1. Acidity can be used to describe the bright and tangy sensation that differentiates higher-grown coffee apart from lower-grade coffee. Tasting notes may describe acidic coffee as sour, citrus, tangy.
  2. Acidity can be used to describe the unpleasant stomach irritant that some coffee drinkers may experience. Sometimes it is due to the reaction the body has to caffeine.
  3. Acidity can be measured on the pH scale, which uses 7.0 as an indicator of neutrality. Numbers over 7 are lower-acid and numbers under 7 are more acidic. Black coffee is considered low on the pH scale around 5.  By comparison, lemon juice has a pH around 2, water is around a pH 7, and baking soda is around pH 9.

There are a few ways to limit the amount of acidity in your coffee.

  1. Choosing coffees that are roasted as medium to dark roasts can reduce acidity in the coffee. However, the darker the roast the more it masks what makes the coffee unique (the origin or “terroir”) and the roast style becomes more noticeable. For darker roasts you may see tasting notes that describe the coffee as bittersweet and dark chocolate.
  2. Try coffee origins (regions) where the coffee tends to have less acidity such as Sumatra, Peru, Colombia or Mexico.
  3. Cold brew your coffee. There’s a reaction that happens when hot water hits the coffee grounds. But using cool or room temperature water and slowing down the brewing process (you need 12-24 hours to brew your coffee) you can reduce the amount of acidity in your coffee. By using the Toddy Cold Brew System that we have in our Tasting Room, you can brew a coffee concentrate that you can keep in your refrigerator. You can add milk, milk alternatives and water to the concentrate to make a ready to drink beverage. If you prefer hot coffee, add hot water to the concentrate and you can continue to enjoy a cup of hot coffee.
  4. Brew using a Chemex Coffee Maker. The paper filters are approximately 20-30% thicker than most paper filters. Chemex Coffee Filters are double-bonded and filter out acidity, bitterness, fats and sediments.

Coffee Recommendations

A few coffees to consider that have lower-acidity: Sumatran Mandheling (medium roast), Fair Trade Certified Organic Mexican (medium roast), Fair Trade Certified Organic Peru (medium roast), Full Moon (dark roast), and Fair Trade Certified Organic Sumatran Italian Roast (dark roast).

Coffee Brewing Equipment Recommendations

Toddy Coffee Maker*

Chemex Coffee Maker*

*both models sold in the Tasting Room

Can’t make it to our Tasting Room in Berea? We can help! Red Cedar Coffee can ship our freshly roasted coffee directly to your home or office. Simply call us or fax our order form and we will add your coffee to the next roast.

We package our coffee in 16 oz. (one pound) bags and ship via USPS. Once you place your coffee order it is placed into the next roast so you’ll receive fresh coffee.

For a complete list of coffee offerings and prices, please review our Mail Order Form (link below).

Click here to download our Mail Order Form.

Throughout the year we offer a selection of seasonal flavored coffees. These coffees are roasted in limited quantities for our Tasting Room, Mail Order and wholesale customers.

February—mid-March    Leaping Leprechauns

May-August                        Blueberry Cobbler, Campfire Memories

August—mid-November   Pumpkin Spice

September-October         Witches’ Brew

November-December       Jingle Bell Java, Elves’ Delight, Toasted Chestnut, Winter Carnival

We typically experience a spike in demand shortly before a seasonal flavored coffee is set to go “on vacation” or away for the season, which results in us selling out earlier than expected.

If it is getting close to the end of the season for one of your favorite seasonal coffees, we recommend calling our Tasting Room (440-260-7509) to ask if it is still available. We can take an order over the phone or in person to guarantee some of the last roast.

Each seasonal flavored coffee is available in regular and Swiss Water Processed decaf.

We are pleased to announce the return of our Organic Guatemala Huehuetenango. Just like last year this coffee will only be available for a limited time.

This coffee comes from the region of Huehuetenango, which is in the western highlands along the border with Mexico. This area has the highest non-volcanic mountains in Central America.

Our Organic Guatemala Huehuetenango is Fair Trade Certified Organic.

The coffee cooperative, Guaya’b, was formally established in 1998 and began selling Fair Trade Certified organic coffee in 2000. The cooperative offers women’s nutrition program and business training.

Region: Jacaltenango, Huehuetenango

Cooperative: Guaya’b

Number of Cooperative Members: 300

Altitude: 1400-1650 meters

Process: Washed process, sun dried

Flavor Profile: Juicy, caramel, orange

The AeroPress may be a small coffee maker but it’s is one of the most flexible coffee makers on the market. Depending on the recipe, you can brew anything from a single cup of coffee to concentrated espresso-like coffee.

The entire brewing process for the AeroPress takes about 30 seconds. After pouring coffee and hot water into the AeroPress chamber, set the chamber on top of your coffee cup and press. The coffee will be pressed through a paper filter and into your coffee mug.

Once you’re done brewing your coffee, just tap off the grounds and give the AeroPress a quick rinse and let dry.

Why we like the AeroPress:

  • Durable, easy to clean and portable.
  • Constructed with BPA-Free plastic.
  • The AeroPress comes with a paddle for stirring, 350 microfilters and plastic filter holder, funnel and coffee scoop.
  • It’s ideal for travel, the office for in the kitchen.

What you will need:

  • Freshly roasted coffee from Red Cedar Coffee Co.
  • Grinder
  • AeroPress and filter
  • Water Kettle

Pro-tip:

If you enjoy tweaking your coffee brewing recipes check out the recipes on the World Aeropress Championship website.

The AeroPress kit and replacement coffee filters are available at Red Cedar Coffee Co.’s Tasting Room in Berea.

It is said that absence makes the heart grow fonder. Yes, we would agree. And so we are happy for the return of Ethiopian Harrar.

This is a truly unique coffee and there isn’t another region quite like Harrar.

Grown near the town of Harrar in the Eastern Highlands of Ethiopia this is a natural (sometimes referred to as dry) processed coffee. And it is in the processing of the coffee where part of the magic happens. Because the fruit of the coffee cherry remains on the bean post-harvest the coffee bean continues to develop its flavors. As a result, the Ethiopian Harrar has intense fruity characteristics which we describe as wine-like.

Hints of blueberry are first noticed in the fragrance of the ground coffee, and then the aroma of the brewed coffee. In the cup there are notes of mocha and berry.

Ethiopian Harrar is available in the Tasting Room and for Mail Order while quantities last.

Flavor profile: Fruity complexity, wine-like fragrance, hints of blueberry, mocha, berry

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 5
  • February 2
  • March 2
  • April 6
  • May 4
  • June 1
  • July 6
  • August 3
  • October 5
  • November 2
  • December 7

Please be advised that these are standing room only events.

Tour the world in coffee!

Each month of the tour we will ship 16 ounces of freshly roasted coffee. 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!

We start the process of creating truly special coffees by carefully sourcing our coffee beans. In some cases, selecting the individual lots of coffee on site at the farm. Once the coffee arrives at our roastery we work to showcase the best attributes of each coffee we roast.

You can purchase a 3-month or 6-month subscription to our Coffee Tour. Shipping is included in the price.
And, you can begin your coffee tour any month of the year. 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.