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

Throughout the year we offer a selection of seasonal flavored coffees. These coffees are roasted in limited quantities for our retail store, online 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 us (440-260-7509) to ask if it is still available. We can take an order over the phone or online to guarantee some of the last roast.

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

Red Cedar Coffee Co. roasts a selection of Fair Trade Certified organic coffees for retail sales in the Tasting Room in Berea and for Mail Order Customers.

Fair Trade Certified coffee guarantees livable wages for farmers and their families, improving their opportunities for better healthcare, housing and education.

Fair Trade Certified coffees empowers producers to address challenges such as poverty and follows a set minimum price to protect coffee producers from volatile market prices. Fair trade provides access to finance, agricultural equipment loans and helps fund community development projects. Environmental standards help protect the health of people and the environment.

Fair Trade Certified Organic Peru

Profile: Light bodied, flavorful, elegant

Medium Roast

Fair Trade Certified Organic Mexican

Profile: Light bodied, smooth, chocolate

Medium Roast

Fair Trade Certified Organic Colombian

Profile: Balanced, nutty and chocolate notes

Medium Roast

Fair Trade Certified Organic Sumatran*

Profile: Full bodied, earthy, distinct

Medium Roast

Fair Trade Certified Organic French Roast

Profile: Silky, smooth, light tobacco

Dark Roast

Fair Trade Certified Organic Sumatran Italian Roast

Profile: Rich, spicy, earthy

Dark Roast

*availability subject to change

Additional Fair Trade Certified Organic coffees available throughout the year on a limited basis.

Red Cedar Coffee Co. roasts a selection of single origin coffees for retail sales in the Tasting Room in Berea and for Mail Order Customers.

EAST AFRICA

Ethiopian Harrar

Profile: Wine-like fragrance, hints of blueberry

Medium Roast

Ethiopian Sidamo

Profile: Silky, crisp, well-rounded, citrus

Medium Roast

Kenya AA

Profile: Bright, citrus, nutmeg, berry

Medium Roast

Tanzanian Peaberry

Profile: Bright, smooth, sweet, delicate

Medium Roast

INDONESIA & PACIFIC

Java Estate

Profile: Lively, rich, malt, sweet

Medium Roast

Papua New Guinea

Profile: Fruity, aromatic, smooth

Medium Roast

Sumatran Mandheling

Profile: Earthy, full bodied, distinct

Medium Roast

CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA

Costa Rica Finca Dragon (direct trade*)

Profile: Silky, berry, vanilla bean notes

Process: white honey

Medium Roast

Costa Rica Finca Pie San (direct trade*)

Profile: Smooth, citrus, nut

Process: red honey

Medium Roast

Costa Rica Finca las Torres (direct trade*)

Profile: Complex, creamy, stone fruit

Process: black honey

Medium Roast

Guatemala Antigua

Profile: Creamy, smooth, caramel

Medium Roast

Colombian Supremo

Profile: Bright, sweet, chocolate notes

Medium Roast

*availability subject to change

Red Cedar Coffee Co. roasts a selection of blends for retail sales in the Tasting Room in Berea and for Mail Order Customers.

Full Moon

Profile: Smoky, spicy, complex

Dark Roast

Le Bistro Espresso

Profile: Full bodied, European style

Dark Roast

Northern Lights

Profile: Strong, hearty, long finish

Dark Roast

Red Cedar Select

Profile: Complex body, smooth finish

Medium-dark Roast

Red Cedar Coffee Co. roasts a selection of flavored coffees for retail sales in the Tasting Room in Berea and for Mail Order Customers.

All flavored coffees are available in regular and Swiss Water Processed Decaf.

FLAVORED COFFEE AVAILABLE ALL YEAR LONG

Caramel Creme

Pamper your senses with this decadent delight of velvety caramel.

Chocolate Cherry

An irresistible pairing of juicy cherries dipped in dark chocolate. Stems and pits not included!

Grogmeister Gold

This luscious blend of smooth rum and creamy butterscotch will have you kicking up your heels.

Hazelnut

You’ll go nuts for this temptingly rich and superbly mellow hazelnut. A true nut-cracking classic.

Nutty Hawaiian

Throw yourself a luau with this tiki-rific blend of coconut and crunchy hazelnut. Aloha!

Pirates’ Brew

Aye, Matey, this scrumptious combination of rum, pecan and cinnamon will you have saying “aargh!”

Snickernut

Welcome home with warm memories of mom and her famous cinnamon hazelnut snickerdoodle cookies.

SEASONAL FLAVORED COFFEES WITH LIMITED AVAILABILITY

Leaping Leprechauns (February-mid March)         

Find your pot of gold with a delightful blend of Irish Cream and Swiss Chocolate. Drink it by the pint!

Blueberry Cobbler (May-August)

Takes you back to grandma’s kitchen. Blueberry cobbler–sweet and juicy, with a hint of spices. It’s like a hug in a mug!

Campfire Memories (May-August)

Recapture the moments of sitting around a campfire under a star-filled sky. A s’mores flavor blend of graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow. 

Witches’ Brew (September-October)

Trick or treat! A cauldron full of rich caramel and macadamia nut.

Pumpkin Spice (September-November)

Brighten the season with this autumn favorite, savory pumpkin pie and sweet spice. You’ll fall for it.

Elves’ Delight (November-December)

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

Jingle Bell Java (November-December)

While dashing through the snow, warm up with this cheerful blend of caramel, cinnamon and pecan. You’ll jingle all the way.

Toasted Chestnut (November-December)

The rich fragrance of roasted chestnuts recalls vivid memories of holidays past. Continue the toasty tradition!

Winter Carnival (November-December)

Create your own Snow Day! Invigorating cool peppermint with a swirl of creamy white chocolate.

Red Cedar Coffee Co. roasts a selection of Swiss Water Processed (SWP) decaf coffees for retail sales in the Tasting Room in Berea and for Mail Order Customers. Swiss Water Processed Decafs are 100% chemical free. 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.

Costa Rican SWP Decaf

Smooth, aromatic, crisp, balanced

Medium Roast

Colombian SWP Decaf

Bright, sweet, chocolate notes

Medium Roast

Sumatran SWP Decaf

Earthy, full-bodied, distinct

Medium Roast

Red Cedar Select SWP Decaf

Complex body, smooth finish

Medium-Dark Roast

Espresso SWP Decaf

Medium body, smooth finish

Dark Roast

Northern Lights SWP Decaf

Strong, hearty, long finish

Dark Roast


French Roast SWP Decaf

Silky, smooth, light tobacco

Dark Roast

All flavored coffees are available in decaf.

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.

Tasting Room Hours
Monday-Friday: 8 am – 4 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 1 pm

We are closed the following holidays:

  • New Years Day
  • Memorial Day
  • July 4th
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

It’s already November and that means we’re now roasting our holiday coffees for our Tasting Room and mail order customers.

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 gift sets in our Tasting Room. If you are interested in corporate gifts for your company, please check out our listing online.

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.