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It is said that absence makes the heart grow fonder. Yes, we would agree. And so we are happy for the return of Ethiopian Harrar.

This is a truly unique coffee and there isn’t another region quite like Harrar.

Grown near the town of Harrar in the Eastern Highlands of Ethiopia this is a natural (sometimes referred to as dry) processed coffee. And it is in the processing of the coffee where part of the magic happens. Because the fruit of the coffee cherry remains on the bean post-harvest the coffee bean continues to develop its flavors. As a result, the Ethiopian Harrar has intense fruity characteristics which we describe as wine-like.

Hints of blueberry are first noticed in the fragrance of the ground coffee, and then the aroma of the brewed coffee. In the cup there are notes of mocha and berry.

Ethiopian Harrar is available in the Tasting Room and for Mail Order while quantities last.

Flavor profile: Fruity complexity, wine-like fragrance, hints of blueberry, mocha, berry

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.

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.