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New Release: Costa Rica La Lia Pie San

We will release our new direct trade micro-lot coffee Costa Rica La Lia Pie San on March 3, 2018, at the Red Cedar Coffee Co. Tasting Room in Berea, Ohio.

Luis Alberto Monge Ureña acquired the farm Pie San in 2012 and this is the highest elevation of the family’s six farms. Luis works closely with his brother Oscar to manage their farms and to process their coffee harvest.

The family owns their micro-mill, La Lia, which means the best care and attention is given to the farm’s crop. The micro-mill specializes in the processed coffee in the manner of “white honey,” or “miel.” Approximately 20% of the coffee cherry fruit remains on the bean prior to sun-drying on patios.

This is our second coffee from Luis Alberto Monge and the La Lia micro-mill.

 

Region: Santa Rosa, León Cortés, Tarrazú

Micro-mill: La Lia

Farm: Pie San

Altitude: 2000 meters

Process:  White honey, sun-dried

Profile: Smooth, sweet, citrus, nut

This coffee is currently sold out

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Meet the Coffee Producer Recap: Finca las Torres

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.

  

 

 

 

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Celebrating 12th Anniversary with Meet the Coffee Producer Tasting Event

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.

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Costa Rica Harvest 2017

In February, Anne visited our direct trade partners in Costa Rica during harvest. This year’s visit was special for Anne as she spent time at Finca las Torres in the Chirripó region of southern Costa Rica and participated in the harvesting and processing of the same coffee that will be in our Tasting Room this fall.

Finca las Torres is located about four hours south of San Jose off the Inter-American Highway. ICAFE, Costa Rica’s Coffee Institute, has designated this coffee production region as Brunca. This area is more accurately defined however as the Chirripó micro region. Here the coffee is grown at high elevation (around 1500-2000 meters) and has a distinctly different flavor in the cup when compared to the low elevation production in the Brunca region.

Anne worked at the micro-mill during the morning with Régulo and Luis. The coffee which was drying was carefully raked on the raised African beds. Coffee which had been drying on the patio was then collected into Grain-Pro bags to continue the drying process.

The activities in the afternoon centered on the farm. Coffee that is picked during the morning is collected by mid-afternoon. The coffee is measured and each picker’s yield is recorded. By late afternoon the coffee cherries are brought to the micro mill.

During the evening the coffee cherry is de-pulped and laid onto raised African style beds. Café Rivense del Chirripó micro mill specializes in honey processed coffees. The coffee skin is removed during the de-pulping process but the fruit remains on the bean. The idea is to have the honey dehydrate on the bean—the honey must hold onto the coffee bean—which will mean the cup of coffee will have more sweetness.

The balance of the trip was spent at farms in Tarrazu, Central and West Valley. Anne cupped coffees at the farms and arranged for Red Cedar Coffee Co. to bring fantastic coffees to your table.

Anne with the Ureña family

Measuring the coffee harvest

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New Direct Trade: Costa Rica Finca las Torres

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.

Costa Rica Finca las Torres

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