Coffee & Sourcing

  • Specialty Coffee at Red Bay

    We believe there is no such thing as a simple cup of coffee. Specialty coffee is the highest quality coffee in the world and refers to coffee that scores 80 or above on a 100 point scale. Specialty coffees are grown in special and ideal climates and are distinctive because of their full cup tast...
  • Available Roasts

    Our roasts range from medium to dark with the goal of creating a balanced and traditionally inspired cup. We source the highest quality and most complex coffees directly from the farmers. Our head roaster determined the roast and we typically roast at Medium because we never want to lose the inhe...
  • Red Bay Coffee Sourcing

    Red Bay Coffee is building a global community through our commitment to sourcing, developing, roasting, and delivering the best and most beautiful coffee to the people. While sourcing the best coffees is our primary objective, improving livelihoods through our operation is a top priority. As such...
  • Brewing Red Bay Coffee

    Whether you're new to brewing or an experienced coffee connoisseur, we’re happy to offer some tips on brewing the most beautiful cup of Red Bay Coffee! Check out the link below for recommended brewing methods as well as helpful instructions. You can also shop brew gear on our online store.  Brew...
  • Red Bay Coffee From Medium to Dark Roast

    Roasting brings out the aroma and flavor that is locked inside the green coffee beans, a heat process that turns coffee into the fragrant, dark brown beans we know and love. Our signature roasts range from medium to dark with the goal of creating a balanced and traditionally inspired cup. Medium...
  • Where is Red Bay Coffee roasted?

    Our coffee is proudly roasted at our B Corp Certified Public Roastery on East 10th St. in Oakland, CA. Stop by and say hello!
  • Decaf Coffee

    Our Ocho Libre is decaf for people who love the ritual of coffee without the caffeine. We use natural processes to decaf our coffee - the green beans are rinsed and then washed in Ethyl Acetate, a naturally occurring compound found in ripe apples and wine. The EA binds to the caffeine molecules ...
  • Ocho Libre Decaffeinated Process

    Our Ocho Libre is processed by natural decaffeinated, also commonly referred to as sugar cane ethyl acetate (E.A.) processing, starts by fermenting molasses derived from sugar cane to create ethanol. This alcohol is then mixed with acetic acid, to create the compound ethyl acetate. In Colombia, w...
  • Coffee Tasting Notes (e.g. chocolate, or turbinado sugar, figs, currants, peaches)

    We often get asked about the tasting or flavor notes on our 12 oz or 5 lb bags of coffee. When people see “fruity”, “milk chocolate” on our bag or “caramel” and “nut”, there’s sometimes a misconception that we’ve added flavoring to our beans. Flavors are not added, the flavors are natural charact...
  • Choosing a Grind Size

    The range of grind levels typically runs from extra-fine to extra-coarse. Which one you choose depends on your brewing method because their different approaches to brewing all require a different grind size. French Press: This method involves immersion. All of the coffee will be saturated throug...
  • Keep Red Bay Coffee Fresh

    While coffee beans can last for months on the shelf after being roasted—but that doesn’t mean it’s fresh. Coffee starts losing its super-nuanced sparkle about two weeks after it’s been roasted, Red Bay coffee should be served ideally within 8 weeks of the roast date. We recommend buying coffee y...
  • Coffee Story - Brazilian Cake Lady

    Brazilian Cake Lady Single Origin: Brazil Region: Bahia Processing Method: Pulp Natural Ideal Brew Methods: Filtered Brew / V60 An ode to the Brazilian chocolate cake that fonder Keba Konte sold at his former café. It honors a local Brazilian baker whose baked goods always sold out before Keba ...
  • Coffee Story - Carver's Dream

    Carver's Dream - espresso blend Origin: Guatemala *Region:* Palin, Escuintla Processing Method: Washed Origin: Burundi *Region:* Kayanza/Ngozi Processing Method: Washed Named after George Washington Carver American hero. Cotton farmers were completing the soil and nutrients, but Carver knew th...
  • Coffee Story - Coltrane

    Coltrane Origin: Colombia Region: Piendamó, Cauca Processing Method: Washed Tasting Notes: black grape, dark chocolate, cane sugar COFFEE STORY John Coltrane, The American creative genius is the inspiration for this very special coffee profile. What made John Coltrane so unique is his amazing ...
  • Coffee Story - East Fourteenth

    East Fourteenth Single Origin:  Tanzania Region: Mbeya Processing Method: Washed Tasting Notes: blackberry, dark chocolate, date COFFEE STORY E.14th pays homage to Oakland roots and the communities that RBC is proudly a part of. Now renamed International Boulevard, E. 14th st. runs through so...
  • Coffee Story - King's Prize

    King's Prize Single Origin: Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Region: Borena Zone, Oromia Processing Method: Fully washed and dried on raised beds Tasting Notes: white peach, honeysuckle, melon King’s Prize is a fruit-forward coffee with floral aromatics and a round pleasant sweetness.  It provides a medium...
  • Coffee Story - Ocho Libre

    Ocho Libre Origin: Colombian Region: Antioquia Process Method: Natural Decaf / Sugar Cane Ocho, Spanish for the number eight, is an auspicious number for the founder of Keba Konte. Libre means free in Spanish. Coffee without caffeine. Coffee trees thrive in volcanic soil and a stable climate -...
  • Coffee Story - Slow Burn

    Slow Burn - espresso blend Origin:  Brazil Region: Mina Gerais Process: Pulped Natural Origin:  Indonesia Region: Aceh, Sumatra Process: Semi-washed Its name speaks to that ever -glowing, ever-burning passion that resides within each one of us and serves as our guiding light through life's twi...
  • Does Red Bay Coffee offer a french roast?

    Does Red Bay Coffee offer a french roast? We don't offer french roast and here's why: French roast is considered to be a double roast coffee. This process completely overpowers the flavor and aroma nuances of the coffee beans themselves. They are cooked with such intensity that they make two cr...
  • Does Red Bay offer ground coffee?

    Does Red Bay offer ground coffee? Pre-ground coffee, like most things prepared ahead of time, can be nice when it comes to convenience! Then of course with most things you eat or drink, it tastes best when freshly prepared - and coffee is no exception. After roasting, coffee beans start to slowl...
  • I can’t find my favorite single origin coffee online anymore...

    Coffee is a seasonal crop, so our menu reflects the seasonality of the coffee-growing regions. Coffees from certain regions are only available during certain times of the year, but we have long-standing relationships with many coffee producers and bring back customer favorites year after year. If...
  • Limited Release - Gondo

    Gondo - Limited Release Origin:  Kenya Region:Miranda County, Kenya *Process:*Fully washed and dried on raised beds Coffee Story Gondo and its sister washing stations are in a unique pocket of Kenya. Muranga County is just south of the most famous coffee counties of Kenya’s central province: N...
  • Natural Processing

    The Natural Sun dried Process: Natural process, dry process, unwashed, or natural sundried all refer to the same method of processing that usually involves drying coffee cherries either patios or raised beds in the sun. To prevent the cherries from spoiling, they are raked and turned throughout ...
  • Red Bay Coffee Espresso Blends

    Red Bay Coffee has two signature espresso blends: Carver's Dream Origins: Guatemala / Burundi If you like a few fruit notes in your cup. Blending both coffee from Burundi for fruity notes and Guatemala for nutty, earthy notes. Our Burundi Kamikazi Kinyovu micro-lot is women-produced by members ...