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CBC Blend: Red Sea


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Cupping Notes
Red Sea Blend is a curated mix of Ethiopian and Yemen dry-processed coffees, two countries which sit opposite each other on the Red Sea.

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  • CategoryConventional
  • CountryYemen
  • ProcessNatural
  • Organic CertificationNo
  • Fair Trade CertifiedNo
  • Rainforest Alliance CertifiedNo
  • DecaffeinatedNo
Retail Price $8.25 / lb
Starting at $7.55 / lb
As low as $7.12 / lb
raw green bean Green coffee is raw Roast prior to consumption


An exciting, complex blend of Ethiopian and Yemen dry-processed beans! These two counties rest on opposite sides of the Red Sea, hence the name of this delicious mix. For those who prefer lighter roasts, this coffee will show excellent bright, ripe red fruits and berries. Once pushed to second crack, the beans develop a unique roasted fruit profile due to their birthplace––the high mountains.

Cupping Notes:Fruity characteristics of ripe red fruits with bright acidity and earthy undertones.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating
May 13, 2021

I love this coffee, roasted twice in my Hottop KN-8828B-2K+. Both times I maintained a smooth profile with around 33% in browning phase pre-first crack, and around 21% in development phase, ending about 30 seconds after FCe. No temp drop at end of roast, but was challenging to keep heat flowing smoothly into beans. Overall roasts were about 10% longer than for most Ethiopian beans I roast. I ended with a city/medium roast. Tasting notes: I get under-ripe cherries, blueberry, earth, vanilla, hints of chocolate, syrupy sweetness balanced against acidity.

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March 23, 2021

Roasting it dark/oily. I think these two beans are a good match, so this blend is a natural. Don't think you could be let down by this one. Strong body, earthy, smooth.

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November 15, 2020

Okay maybe I should go 5 stars but then because this is me roasting I don't always get the subtitle flavor profile flavor notes. I am pushing this up to second crack but not into second crack. My inital brew which is drip after 3 days rest showed some lemon flavor and fruit undertones. Brewing it the whole house woke and commented how they loved the smell which isn't always the case. Next time i'll take the second part and push into second crack and see how it does as espresso my other brew method.

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February 25, 2020

A nice blend, though not without some issues. I've roasted 4 batches in my Original Poppery, stopping each just before the first snaps of second crack. The first was 175gr and I picked out 53 quakers. I tried to slow the second roast way down, hoping it would even things out a bit, without success. That's an awful lot of defects for a premium coffee. It would seem that the prep on one or more of the beans used in the blend wasn't very good. The Yemeni component of the blend thoroughly overpowers the Ethiopian component. I get the wild/spicy/earthy/bittersweet chocolate notes I associate with a nice Yemeni, but not nearly as much of the sweetness/fruitiness as I typically get from a good dry-processed Ethiopian. All that said, after 1.5 to 3 days of rest, pour-over brewing yields a very nice, very typical Yemeni in the cup, and Aeropress shots are smooth, chocolaty, and delicious. I'll be revisiting this one in the future.

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October 14, 2019

Roasted to a French roast. Trying it 2 days after roasting, had a very harsh flavor when prepared as a pour-over. 5 days after roasting, tried it with the Aeropress and it smoothed it out considerably. Noted the chocolate hints with the Aeropress

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August 7, 2019

This a great blend - enjoyed by the whole gang here. Using a Whirley-Pop stainless, roasted two-thirds of a pound (or so) of the Red Sea Blend to the very beginning of second crack. I've now let it rest for five days. The bean aroma is outstanding and pleasant - with a warm herbal note, like coriander. A hint of that comes through on the taste, but my novice palate enjoys initial dark chocolate followed by something like maybe marshmallow type flavors. Looking forward to trying a lighter roast next time and see what flavors and aromas that provides.

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