Coffee

coffeeWhat’s So Special About Specialty Coffee?

Specialty coffee refers to the highest-quality green beans on the market. Specialty coffee must be without primary defects, and it must also have a distinctive flavor in the cup. Like fine wine, cheese, or honey, coffee develops this distinctive flavor from the microclimate in which it is grown. Soil, moisture, altitude, and season all contribute to a bean’s terroir. Growing, milling, and roasting coffee that is not only free from defect, but is also singularly delicious, is a pretty huge undertaking, involving many committed people all along the supply chain.

Geography

There are three main coffee-growing regions in the world:

Central and South America

Coffee cultivation in Latin America ranges from Southern Mexico all the way to Brazil and Bolivia. American coffees are generally light- to medium-bodied, crisply acidic, and clean-tasting.

Indonesia

In contrast to Latin American coffees, Indonesian coffees tend to share the following features: low acidity, heavy body, and intense earthy/foresty flavors.

Africa

Coffees grown in the volcanic soil and high altitudes of the Great Rift Zone in East Africa tend to be bright, intense, and very fruity.

Tasting and Describing

When we talk about coffee, we use a little bit of jargon. We want you to be in on the conversation, so here is a short glossary of coffee terms:

tasting and describing

Rachel and Nancy Langer taste testing

Aroma refers not only to what we perceive through our noses, but also to what we sense retro-nasally when we drink coffee. A coffee’s aroma is strongest just after it has been ground and brewed. Coffee can smell like practically anything, but some of the desirable notes we look for include floral, nutty, caramel, and spice aromas.

Flavor refers to the overall impression of a coffee’s characteristics, including the basic sapid tastes: sweet, sour, bitter, salty (and, controversially, umami), origin characteristics, and roast flavors. Might sound something like, “Sweet, with chocolate roast notes.”

Acidity is a desirable quality of taste which gives good coffees depth and interest. It is described with words like bright, clear, dry, winey, or tangy. Coffees lacking in acidity can be dull or flat.

Body is the weight or thickness of the beverage on the tongue. Does a coffee feel more like apple juice or olive oil?

Balance is your opinion of how well a coffee’s flavor, aroma, acidity, and body work together. Connotes a certain aesthetic harmony. Sometimes the most interesting and delicious coffees lack balance.

coffee beansGrinding, Brewing, and Storage

Ground coffee stales quickly when exposed to air, so you should grind your coffee just before brewing whenever possible, and store your coffee in an opaque, airtight container, preferably in a cool, dark place (kitchen cabinets are great!). Use fresh, cold water. Measure two tablespoons of ground coffee per 6 ounces of water, and adjust to taste.

We roast five days a week and each bag of Red Rock Roasters’ coffee has a Roast Date on the bottom. You can count on freshness and transparency from us.

Conventional

Single Origins

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    Ethiopia Harrar G3 Longberry

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    Sumatra Golden Gayo Gr. 1

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  • columbia

    Colombia Huila Excelso

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  • guatemala

    Guatemala Finca Palmira

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    $12.75$60.00
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  • mexico

    Mexico Altura SHG

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  • costa rica

    Costa Rica La Reserva Presidente

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Blends

  • french roast

    French Roast

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  • black magic

    Black Magic

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  • house blend fancy

    House Blend Fancy

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  • roadrunner

    Roadrunner

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  • espresso strata

    Espresso Strata

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  • espresso italiano

    Espresso Italiano

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  • espresso hermes

    Espresso Hermes

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    Pie Town Blend–Currently Unavailable!

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Flavored

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    Swiss Chocolate

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  • french vanilla

    French Vanilla

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  • hazelnut crème

    Hazelnut Crème

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  • southwestern pecan

    Southwestern Pecan

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  • piñon

    Piñon

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Decaf

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    Decaf House Blend

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  • decaf french roast

    Decaf French Roast

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Organic & Fair Trade

Organic Single Origins

  • organic fair trade ethiopia

    Organic/Fair Trade Ethiopia Sidamo

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  • organic fair trade sumatra

    Organic/Fair Trade Sumatra Kokowagayo Cafe Femenino

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  • organic fair trade peru

    Organic/Fair Trade Peru Penachi Cecanor Co-op

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  • organic guatemala

    Organic/Fair Trade Guatemala Nahualá Cafe Femenino

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  • organic fair trade columbia

    Organic/Fair Trade Colombia Cafe Femenino

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Organic Blends

  • organic black magic

    Organic/Fair Trade Black Magic

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  • organic espresso strata

    Organic/Fair Trade Espresso Strata

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  • organic french roast

    Organic/Fair Trade French Roast

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Organic Decaf

  • organic swiss water decaf

    Organic/Fair Trade Swiss Water™ Decaffeinated Peru

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