On Monday, November 23, 2020, Red Cedar Coffee Co. will launch a coffee named Yellow Jackets Java in partnership with Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio.

Proceeds from the sale of Yellow Jackets Java will benefit the YJ4th Year Scholarship Fund. The fund provides support to students who have positively contributed to the BW community and who demonstrate financial need. It is typically awarded to seniors to help them finance their final semester of study at BW, ensuring they are on track to graduate on schedule with their classmates.

Yellow Jackets Java is available exclusively online through December 2021.

Revised 9/4/2020, 6/16/2020; Posted 3/24/2020

The health and well-being of our customers, guests, and employees continues to be our highest priority, and we are closely monitoring the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As this continues to have an increased impact on our communities, we feel it is important to inform our customers about the steps Red Cedar Coffee Co. is taking to help keep you, our employees, and our communities safe and healthy.

HOURS

HOURS: Monday-Friday 8am-4pm; Saturday 8am-1pm

CONTACTLESS CURBSIDE PICK UP:

  • Please call us with your order (440-260-7509) and credit card information or place your at our online store and select PICKUP.
  • When you arrive in our parking lot please give us a call and we will place your order on the contactless table outside our front door.
  • Phone ordering and contactless curbside pickup available during business hours.

ONLINE SHOPPING:

  • We offer a limited selection at our online store during this time.
  • Please visit our online store. Orders placed and paid for online can be pickup up, please select PICKUP at the checkout.
  • Most online orders that select curbside pickup are ready in less than 15 minutes.
  • For our shipping customers, we have noticed a slight delay in shipping during the pandemic; please plan that your shipping order may take extra time to arrive.

IN STORE SHOPPING AND SOCIAL DISTANCING:

  • We are allowing 5 customers in at a time in our retail space and our floor has been marked for social distancing.
  • We offer contactless payment options.
  • If you are feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come inside.
  • Masks/facial coverings are required in compliance with the Governor’s orders.
  • Our staff will be taking coffee and brewing equipment off the shelf for customers. Think of us as your personal shopper!
  • Coffee tastings and sampling have been suspended.
  • Hand sanitizer is available.
  • We appreciate pre-ordering!

SANITARY POLICIES:

We are continuing to follow all precautions to keep our staff and customers safe.

We are closely monitoring reports from the World Health Organization; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and federal, state, and local agencies to align our guidelines with health authority recommendations. We would like to emphasize that our production facility is not accessible to the public.

Below are some of the tactics we are doing to maintain the healthy status of our business.  

  • We are promoting safe hygiene practices and providing sanitization supplies for all employees.
  • We have increased the frequency of our cleaning schedule.
  • Hand sanitizer is available for staff and customers.
  • We are temporarily suspending the following: company meetings, non-essential travel, on-site vendor and customer meetings, public tasting events and sampling.
  • Our production area is not accessible to the public.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to all those who have been supporting our small business during this difficult time. We are grateful for your generosity. We will do everything in our power to keep you updated with any new information as it presents itself to us.

UPDATE: 3/24/2020

“Stay at Home” Order: On Sunday the state of Ohio issued a Stay at Home Order effective 11:59 p.m. on March 23, 2020, until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced on April 2 that Ohio’s Stay at Home order has been extended until 11:59 p.m. on May 1, 2020. 

Only those businesses designated as an essential business are allowed to remain open. The Governor included food/beverage manufactures as an essential business, therefore Red Cedar Coffee Co. will remain open for business.

Our hearts go out to all of those who have been affected.  If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to us at info@redcedarcoffee.com.

Tour the world in coffee!

Our Roaster’s Choice Coffee Tour features flavorful single origin, limited offerings, and outstanding micro lot coffees in a 3-, 6-. or 12-month subscription.

Each month of the our we will ship one pound of freshly roasted coffee, chosen by our expert roasters, to you or the recipient of your choice.

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!

Shipping is included in the price. 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.

We offer a selection of Fair Trade Certified organic coffees in our Tasting Room in Berea, Ohio. These coffees are sourced from cooperatives and have been grown without the use of pesticides and chemicals.

What does Fair Trade mean?

These coffees are grown by members of a cooperative. Cooperatives are made up of a group of small coffee producers. The members are guaranteed a minimum price to protect them from the volatility of the coffee market.

Once the coffee is sold, most of the proceeds go directly to the coffee producers. A small portion, however, will be used to fund quality and equipment improvements (i.e. depulpers, solar dryers, farm renovations) or for social projects (such as education, clean water projects and health care).

Environmental standards help protect producers, their workers and the planet.

Does Red Cedar Coffee Co. roast any organic coffees?

All our Fair Trade Certified coffees are certified organic. Fair Trade requires producers to take measures to protect natural resources and the environment.

All coffees that are Fair Trade Certified Organic have a green band on the front label in addition to the Fair Trade logo.

Some of the Fair Trade Certified Organic coffees we are enjoying now:

Fair Trade Certified Organic Guatemala Huehuetenango: From the 330-member cooperative, Guaya’b. Members have access to micro-financing in order to help year-round maintenance. Members are training on soil analysis and organic fertilizer production.

Fair Trade Certified Organic Mexican: Through fair trade the cooperative has financed the building of a cupping lab, coffee storage shed and a meeting hall. The cooperative has 663 members and has been certified fair trade since 2001.

Fair Trade Certified Organic Peru: La Florida is a 100-member coffee cooperative in the Chanchamayo region. Through fair trade premiums the cooperative has purchased coffee sorting equipment and additional acreage for coffee drying patios.

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.

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.

Red Cedar Coffee Co. is pleased to partner with local branches of the Cuyahoga County Public Library as part of their Friends of the Library fundraiser program.

The Library Lovers’ Brew is available in twelve (12) ounce bags at the following Cuyahoga County Public Library locations:

  • Middleburg Heights Branch
  • Strongsville Branch

The Library Lovers’ Brew is a creamy, smooth medium roast created only for the Friends of the Library. A portion of each sale goes back to the Friends of the Library group and will provide funds for use towards the library, future library events and programming.

Read more here for information on the Strongsville branch program. Support your local library and enjoy some great coffee along the way.

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

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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