We have recently been fielding questions on cold brew technique at the Red Cedar Coffee Co. Tasting Room in Berea, Ohio. As we head into the warm summer months it is not hard to think about cool summertime beverages. Cold brew coffee is one of those options.

While cold brew tends to be most popular during the summer, increasingly it is being served year-round in cafes and restaurants. The Toddy Cold Brew System brews a coffee concentrate using cold or room temperature water. When you are ready to drink cold brew coffee simply add 3 parts of water milk or soy (cool or steaming) to 1 part coffee.

Why we like the Toddy Cold Brew System

One benefit to cold brew coffee is the longer brew time (using cooler water) removes much of the acidity naturally found in coffee (50-67% less acidity compared to drip coffee makers according to Toddy).

Another benefit is that the Toddy Cold Brew system is easy to brew and clean. The coffee concentrate stays fresh up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

What comes with the Toddy Cold Brew System

The system comes with a brewing container, glass decanter, lid, Toddy filters (2) and a rubber stopper. The Toddy Cold Brew system is BPA free.

Red Cedar Coffee Co. sells the Toddy Cold Brew System, replacement stoppers, filters and filter bags.

Brewing Steps:

  1. Pour coarsely ground coffee and cold water into the brewing container.
  2. Steep for 12-24 hours.
  3. Filter the coffee concentrate into the glass decanter. Stays fresh for up to 2 weeks.

Cold Brew Coffee Recommendations

While any coffee may be used to brew cold brew coffee, we have a couple recommendations. If you prefer fruitier coffees try our Kenya AA or Ethiopian Sidamo. For chocolaty notes try our Fair Trade Certified Organic Colombian.

Thai Iced Coffee*

Ingredients

4 oz. Toddy® Cold Brewed Coffee

1/4 tsp. Cardamom

2 oz. Half and Half

Ice

Directions

Stir all ingredients, except the ice, together in a 16 oz. cup until well combined. Fill with ice.

Orange Truffle*

Ingredients

3 oz. Toddy® Cold Brewed Coffee (Use coffee beans with chocolate notes)

1 oz. Chocolate Syrup

1 oz. Caramel Syrup

1 oz. Orange Juice

6 Ice Cubes

2 oz. Cold Milk

Directions

Stir together ingredients (except milk and ice). Pour into tall glass over ice, add milk and serve.

Café Français*

Ingredients

1/4 cup Heavy Cream, Chilled

1 tbs. Confectioners’ Sugar

1/4 tsp. Vanilla

3/4 cup Toddy® Cold Brewed Coffee

1/4 cup Steaming Hot Water

Directions

Beat cream until rich and fluffy, with soft peaks. Mix in sugar, and continue to beat until stiff peaks. Add whipped cream to mug. Mix Toddy® coffee concentrate with water and steam. Add vanilla and pour over cream. Serve right away, and do not stir.

*Recipes from Toddy.com. Additional Toddy cold brew recipes may be found here.

And that means it’s time to clean your coffee brewer, espresso machine or grinder.

We really like the easy to use Full Circle coffee and espresso cleaning products. These will keep your coffee brewers clean and brewing great tasting coffee.

All cleaners are phosphate free which means you will help keep Lake Erie clean. All cleaners are biodegradable and fragrance free.

In stock in Red Cedar Coffee Co.’s Tasting Room in Berea, Ohio, are the following cleaners:

Descaling Powder (coffee and espresso machine, breaks down lime scale and mineral build-up inside your machine)

Cleaning Powder (coffee machine, works to remove oily residue that builds up over time in coffee brewers)

Espresso Machine Cleaning Tablets (espresso machine, removes oil and residue left behind in an automatic espresso machine)

Grinder Cleaning Tablets (coffee grinder, removes coffee residue and oils)

Since we started roasting coffee in 2005 we have been working to roast the best tasting coffee for our caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee drinkers.

With that goal, we roast Swiss Water Process decaf which is the only 100% chemical free decaf coffee. If you look at one of our Red Cedar Coffee Co. retail coffee bags you will see the Swiss Water Process logo placed prominently on the front label.

There are many ways to decaffeinate a coffee bean. However, the process that Swiss Water Process uses sets their coffee process apart. 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.

The decaffeination process begins by soaking the unroasted (green) coffee beans in hot water which in turns releases the caffeine. Once the caffeine has migrated from the bean and into the water, the caffeine rich water is moved into a new tank. Within this new tank the caffeine rich water will slowly flow through a carbon filter which traps the caffeine molecules and allows the soluble components to flow through the carbon filter. The unroasted coffee bean’s flavors and oils and then reabsorbed into the unroasted coffee bean which keeps the flavor intact. This process takes 8-10 hours and in the end the unroasted coffee is 99.9% caffeine free.

We understand that decaf coffee should be as special as its regular caffeinated counterpart. Therefore, we only trust Swiss Water Process with our decaf coffees.

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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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

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.