In order to produce the best quality coffee possible, Ryan put forth the same focus and determination that made him a success on the track into sourcing the beans that would serve as the foundation for RD Coffee. The result was a unique combination of regions ideally suited to growing some of the most flavorful coffee beans in the world. From Guatemala, down to Peru, and over to Brazil, each region presents its own specific flavor profile making every cup of small-batch RD Coffee unique.
Ryan exerts an incredible amount of passion and hard work into RD Coffee, which is why he set out to find the quality of coffee beans to match his efforts. He found just that from countries around the world.
Back in the 18th century when coffee was starting to take off, Guatemala was producing more than 300 million pounds of coffee, making it one of the five largest coffee-producing countries in the world until 2011.
With coffee being so widely produced, a coffee union was created in 1960. The union ran everything concerning coffee, from the marketing agent to research, and so much more.
Guatemala had so much coffee that in 2012 the government had to make a state of emergency, and since then, farmers have tried to make sure that something like that would never happen again.
Huehuetenango is one of the regions in Guatemala where RD Coffee sources its quality coffee beans from, which is at an altitude of 2,000 meters. The region is rich in citrus acidity, crisp malic, and toffee sweetness, making the coffee very unique. Due to these three distinct tastes, the coffee is slightly more fruit-forward.
RD Coffee offers two coffee roasts from this region - ALWAY5 is a medium roast with caramel, raisin, and chocolate notes, while CHARGED is a dark roast with chocolate, nutty, and caramel notes. Same origin, different taste. This is due to the longer roast time for CHARGED, giving it the bolder taste you’d expect from a darker roast.
Coffee was never a popular thing in Peru, but it became more renowned when the British government took nearly two million hectares (approximately 4.9 million acres) of land from the Peruvian people and turned it into coffee plantations. Despite its best efforts, Peru lacks some infrastructure, which makes it difficult for coffee to become hugely popular, but they continue to fight through the obstacles with the help of the lush highlands and good heirloom varieties.
Cajamarca is one of the Peruvian regions where RD Coffee sources its beans from, which sits roughly 1,550-1,900 meters above sea level. Thanks to the combination of elevation, sunlight, wind, and soil quality, RD Coffee is able to produce ACCELERATE, a medium roast featuring hints of almond, toffee, and lemon, making it unique in many ways, but particularly owing to the lemon zest of the roast.
Historically, coffee was not popular and was primarily for colonist use only. It did not become a worldwide phenomenon until it became popular in the United States and European continents in the 19th century. Since then, Brazil has produced 80 percent of the global total of the world’s coffee supply. The weather and the way that the Brazilian farmers pick the coffee make it unique and different then the other coffees you can get from different countries.
Serra Negra, or black mountain, is a city that RD coffee gets its coffee from. The coffee bean is roughly 900-1200 meters above sea level. With the higher altitude and warm weather, RD coffee is able to produce REV. This medium roast gives off a dark chocolate, cocoa, and almond taste, and could be the ideal option for those who enjoy the savory sweetness of chocolate.
Coffee can be a conversation piece or even the crucial item to begin a conversation in the first place. To some, it’s just a caffeinated drink to help take on the day, but for others, it’s a journey. With more than 70 countries around the world that grow coffee, RD Coffee hand-selected Guatemala, Peru, and Brazil based on the history, culture, and expectation of the coffee quality. RD Coffee feels proud of the quality of the work it's doing and will continue to strive for the best coffee in your cup, no matter the miles.