You’ve taken the time to select your coffee and now you’ve brought them home. Now how do you store your coffee?

Here are four helpful tips for storing your coffee beans.

The original packaging does a pretty good job keeping your coffee beans fresh.
When you purchase coffee from Red Cedar Coffee Co. you will notice a little one-way valve on the front of your bag. This valve releases gas from the coffee beans while keeping oxygen out of the bag. The foil bag protects the coffee beans from moisture and light. It’s always best to open one bag of coffee at a time.

Grind your coffee right before you brew.
To maximize the lifetime and flavors of your coffee you will want to grind your coffee right before brewing it. Coffee grinding releases gases and aromas which are important when you brew coffee.

Keep your coffee at room temperature.
Coffee beans can be sensitive to temperature, moisture and air. Keep your coffee away from spices as coffee can quickly absorb odors. We suggest keeping your coffee beans at room temperature out of direct sunlight.

Airtight containers are coffee’s best friend.
The best way to keep your coffee fresh is to remove the air from your storage container. Our Tasting Room has a selection of Airscape containers. We love that the Airscape container has an inner lid with air-valve that forces air out and locks freshness in. The Airscape works great for both whole bean and ground coffee which makes us love it even more.

As seen in the photo:
Our Tasting Room stocks two models of Airscape containers: a ceramic version with bamboo lid and a stainless-steel version.

The French press brews a full-bodied cup of coffee coffee. If you’re looking to pick up more of the characteristics that make your coffee unique, this is your brew method!

The French press is an immersion brewing method, meaning that the coffee grounds are steeped in hot water before being pressed to the bottom by a metal filter.

You will want to use a coarse grind for brewing your French press coffee. Pour the amount of coffee you’d like into the press then add hot water. Place the lid on top of the French press with the metal filter up. Wait 4-6 minutes and press the metal filter down. Pour and enjoy!

 

Why we like the French Press

It’s a great brewing method to relax and enjoy your coffee.

 

What you will need

Freshly roasted coffee from Red Cedar Coffee Co.

Grinder

French Press

Water Kettle

Digital Scale (to help replicate your favorite recipe)

 

Pro-tip

We find that steeping your coffee for 4-6 minutes is the sweet spot.

 

Pictured above

Our Tasting Room carries double-walled stainless-steel French presses. The French presses have new technologies that create a barrier between the coffee and coffee grounds meaning you won’t have to worry about bitter coffee. Also pictured is a handmade stoneware mug.

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

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 much hard to achieve a consistent grind on a blade grinder.

Burr grinders have two revolving abrasive surfaces (“burrs”) and in between which the coffee is ground. 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 two burr grinders models: Baratza Encore and Baratza Virtuoso grinders.

The Encore is a great entry level burr grinder. The Encore features 40 grind settings. It is lighter and has a small enough footprint that it will fit under standard kitchen cabinets.

The Virtuoso grinds coffee faster compared to the Encore and features a 60-second timed grind switch which is helpful when keeping coffee beans in the hopper. The Virtuoso also has 40 grind settings, however the Virtuoso grinds coffee more consistently for drip, pour over and espresso.

 

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.

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.

Our Tasting Room will be closed Thursday, April 19, and Friday, April 20, while we meet with coffee producers.

The Tasting Room will reopen for normal hours at 9am on Saturday, April 21.

The term single origin means coffee that has been sourced from a farm, cooperative, coffee variety, or region. This differs from a blend which is a coffee made up of several single origin coffees.

In short, we enjoy single origins because they showcase the flavors of a particular place.

What creates the unique flavors of single origin coffees? To borrow a term from the wine industry, it’s terroir—climate, soil, elevation—all contribute to the distinct flavor of your favorite coffee origin.

Soil: Was the coffee grown in volcanic soil? It can impart a smoky taste in the coffee’s finish.

Elevation: the higher the elevation the more likely you will find elegant flavors like citrus or floral notes.

Process: Washed coffees typically have a “cleaner” finish. Dry process coffee will have earthier and berry notes. Honey process, depending on how much fruit has been removed, can have a smooth finish (“white honey”) or may be full-bodied and complex (“black honey”).

Finally, single origins represent a harvest. That is why during certain times of the year we may be waiting for the new coffee harvest to arrive at our roastery.

In the Red Cedar Coffee Co. Tasting Room our single origin coffees are represented by either a gold or green band across the front label. Examples of our single origin coffees include Organic Guatemala Huehuetenango, Costa Rica La Lia Finca Dragon and Ethiopian Sidamo.

Our coffee tastings also provide an opportunity to learn more about single origin coffees and to taste why they are unique.

“What is that?” is a question we often overhear during our coffee tastings when we brew coffee using a Chemex. And for many reasons it is one of our favorite ways to brew coffee.

This brew method is a piece of art that is represented in numerous art museums including the Corning Museum of Glass and Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York.

What is the Chemex?
Invented by chemist Dr. Peter Schlumbohm in 1941, the Chemex combines the beauty of an hour glass with the function of a coffee maker. What makes this piece of art even more impressive is that it brews consistently smooth coffee.

Why do we like the Chemex?
The double bonded Chemex paper filter removes a molecule in coffee oils which creates a clean cup of coffee free from bitterness.

The Chemex does especially well in with washed coffees like our Guatemala Antigua and Costa Rica La Lia Finca Dragon.

We carry the 8-cup (40 ounce) Chemex and coffee filters in our Tasting Room in Berea, Ohio.

Brewing Tip: Use a digital scale when using a Chemex for accuracy.

If you have attended one of our coffee tastings at our Red Cedar Coffee Co. tasting room in Berea, Ohio, you may have noticed that for pour over (i.e. Chemex, Hario) and emersion (i.e. French press) coffee brewing methods we use a digital scale. Did you know we also use a digital scale when brewing using a drip coffee maker?

Weighing ingredients helps with consistency

Brewing using a digital scale helps to brew coffee with consistency and accuracy. It’s a small step that is extremely helpful to make sure that you are replicating the same brewing recipe each time. Oftentimes a brewing recipe will show a brewing ratio such as 1:16 (one-ounce coffee to 16 ounces water).

How to use a digital scale for pour overs and emersion methods

For pour over and emersion brewing methods we place the brewer onto the digital scale, tare the weight with coffee, and then weight out the amount of water we use to brew our coffee.

Using the digital scale means you have more control in the amount of water you use. This can be helpful when using a 40 oz. Chemex to brew only 16 oz.

Where to get a digital scale

Red Cedar Coffee Co. carries a Hario digital scale in the tasting room.

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Coffee Tasting dates for Red Cedar Coffee Co.

The first Saturday of each month (excluding September) between 10am-1pm we will feature a different coffee to show the coffee’s uniqueness. The last coffee tasting for the tasting 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 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 theme for each coffee tasting prior to the event in our Tasting Room, on social media and in our monthly newsletter.

Dates for 2018:

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

 

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.

  

 

 

 

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.