Costa Rica Finca las Torres

In February Anne returned to Costa Rica on a coffee sourcing trip. These trips are important for us as we are able to meet with our direct trade partner producers, cup the new crop and build relationships with new producers.

Among the coffee regions visited Anne traveled to southern Costa Rica–a region called Brunca. This region of southern Costa Rica is best known for Cerro Chirripó which is the country’s tallest peak. From the summit on a clear day one can see the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

While in Brunca Anne came across Café Rivense, a family micro mill located in the canton of Perez Zeledón. The micro-mill is located between Cerro Chirripó and Cerro de la Muerte. Grown under the careful eye of Régulo Gerardo Ureña and his family, Finca las Torres is located at an elevation of 1550 meters.

Our micro-lot is processed as a black honey and sun dried. This is the most unique and rarest of Costa Rica’s processing methods. The skin of the coffee cherry is removed but the fruit remains on the coffee bean. It takes approximately 10 days for the fruit to dry off the coffee bean. This additional time gives the coffee bean more complexity, sweetness and body.

This coffee is available exclusively in Red Cedar Coffee Co.’s Tasting Room and via mail order.

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Fair Trade Certified Organic Nicaraguan Madriz

If you have been in the Red Cedar Coffee Co tasting room you may have recently noticed a new coffee. If you haven’t, you don’t know what you’re missing!

For a limited time, we are roasting our Fair Trade Certified Organic Nicaraguan Madriz. The cooperative that produced this organic coffee is called 25 de Marzo and is located in the San Juan del Rio Coco region of Madriz in northern Nicaragua. The cooperative has 49 members, fifteen of whom are women.

Fair trade producers commit to protecting the environment and social causes. Fair Trade workers receive sustainable wages, representation, safe working conditions, access to education and health care.

Cupping notes: Sweet, caramel, nutty, light citrus

Anne traveled to Costa Rica in February to visit coffee farms and micromills, and to work with our direct trade partners.

February is an important time to visit the coffee farms in Costa Rica. It allows us to gauge harvest, reconnect with our producers, and to cup coffees from this year’s harvest to make our buying decisions.

During this year’s visit, Anne visited producers and mills in five of Costa Rica’s eight growing regions. For the first time, Anne traveled throughout the Brunca region in southern Costa Rica. This region is known for Cerro Chirripo, Costa Rica’s tallest peak at nearly 13,000 feet. This is a relatively new region that is known for producing distinctive, full bodied coffees.

February is the peak of the specialty coffee harvest. This month producers have experienced unusual rainfall which has complicated the harvest in some regions. In the south the rainfall has brought about the flowering of coffee trees earlier than normal. After the coffee tree has flowered coffee cherries will begin to grow.

Have you had a chance to try our new Direct Trade coffee, Costa Rica La Lia Finca Dragon? This exceptional coffee comes from the award winning farm of Finca Dragon. This micro lot is exclusive to Red Cedar Coffee Co.

Finca Dragon is located at 1800 meters in Santa Rosa in León Cortés, about a 2 ½ hour drive from San Jose in the Tarrazú region. Luis Alberto Monge is the producer and owner of the farm and micromill. The micromill, named La Lia after Luis’ mother, was built in 2007. By owning a micromill the family can separate the coffee varietals and process the coffee using various methods. Most importantly, the micromill allows Luis to ensure that his coffee is being processed carefully and at the highest attention to detail.

 

The coffee varietal is red catuai and our coffee has been processed using the honey (miel) process. After the coffee has been processed the coffee is sun dried. The micromill has raised African beds along with patios for drying.

Check out our video to learn more about our Direct Trade relationship with Finca Dragon.

New product lines.

If you have recently stopped into Red Cedar Coffee Co.’s Tasting Room in Berea, Ohio, you will have noticed some exciting changes in our retail coffee packaging.

We have divided our retail coffee line into five eye-catching color categories:

-single origin/direct trade (gold label)

-Fair Trade Certified organics (green label)

-blends (orange label)

-Swiss Water Processed decafs (blue label)

-flavors (red label)

Our new retail labels feature tasting notes based on the SCAA Coffee Flavor Wheel. It is also easier to locate details on the coffee’s elevation and roast style.

Direct Trade single origin and organic labels includes information on the micro mill and region.

The package size for the Tasting Room and Mail Order remains as a one pound (16 oz.) bag. The back label includes recommendations for coffee storage and brewing.