Hi, I'm Jeff, the guy behind Red 5 Coffee.
Red 5 Coffee is a very simple, small operation.
I'm just one guy who found himself unemployed during Covid in 2020. I met someone who imports coffee, Izabella from C and BC Supply. I'm a DIY'er at heart so I tried my hand at roasting. After a few burnt batches I started to figure things out. I was instantly amazed at how good this coffee was. I don't think I've ever tasted freshly roasted speciality beans before. I knew I had to share this goodness.
To make a long story short,
I upgraded my roaster and started sharing these beans with some friends. The feedback was good. I started doing the math and now Red 5 Coffee is a thing. Thank you for being part of this thing!
Now, I spend my days helping my daughter through her virtual year of kindergarten and in my basement roasting beans for you and me.
Red 5, the name
The name come from a mildly obscure Star Wars reference. It is the call sign of Luke Skywalker's x-wing fighter. I never actually had an x-wing as a toy growing up. My first was a snow speeder from The Empire Strike's back. My dad worked at department stored called "Hart's" and brought it home after someone returned it with a broken piece. Sorry, random memory.
In the final two movies Red 5, the actual ship, plays a bit of a role. Without getting too nerdy about the whole thing, it was found sunken in the ocean because Luke wanted to leave everything behind. Eventually Red 5 arises from its watery ashes and plays a pivotal role in the plotline. For me, Red 5 is a metaphor about renaissance and/or rebirth. While we wait for the country's economy to get back on track, I'm going to make the best of this.
As I profit from this venture it is a matter of integrity and ethics that I operate responsibly. For me, this means being the best steward of resources. Where I can, I choose products that are recyclable and/or compostable. Any form of single-use plastic is kept to an absolute minimum. The foil-lined, sealed packaging bags are important for quality control. These are not recyclable. However, the individual filters, pods, and capsules that I offer are all biodegradable, recyclable, or compostable.
I source my beans from one importer because they share my values about community. We are all in this together. If you want good quality coffee it means the people growing your beans need to be able to afford good production. There are cheaper sources for beans, but B & CB Supply offers me competitive pricing and still sources their beans directly from a cooperative of farmers in Peru. The supply chain for these beans is as lean as possible. The farmer to the importer to the roaster and then to you.
I live in the only city in the US that is completely surrounded by one other city. Norwood, Oh is a community of 20,000 people within the borders of the City of Cincinnati. We are a hot mess, just check out our community facebook pages if you don't believe me. I think the solution to all of this is that people need good coffee. I'm committed to making sure that really good coffee is accessible to us all. It is my pleasure to personally deliver these great beans to my neighborhood.