LIMA COFFEES:

Rony Lavan is an ambitious and quality-driven cupper who has spent his career trying to carve out better and bolder coffees from small producers in Peru. While the country is emerging as a specialty market after many years of focusing on bigger lots and certifications, Rony's passion is with identifying and developing the top scores and the best cups. As president...

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Decaf Peru Cajamarca

Decaffeinated coffees can taste just as good as the real thing, and this coffee is an excellent example of that. Great coffee, no caffeine. This Certified Organic coffee from Peru was intentionally processed to become decaf. When it was cupped as a regular green sample, it was flagged to become decaf. This intentionality in sourcing keeps the quality high by starting with an already great coffee. That quality shines in this coffee through its intense sweetness and texture. The decaffeination process was done naturally with ethyl acetate, made from sugar cane. This ensures the integrity and terroir of the coffee remains and is without the caffeine. You can sleep easy after enjoying a cup of this silky and sweet cup.

Origin: Peru

Region: Cajamarca

Producer: Small-hold Farmers

Process: Washed and EA Decaffeinated

Elevation: 1800 Meters

Variety: Caturra, Typica, Catimor, Mundo Novo, Pache

Cup: Milk Chocolate, Apple, Orange, Pecan

Size:

12 oz 5 lbs
$ 16 .50
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LIMA COFFEES

Rony Lavan is an ambitious and quality-driven cupper who has spent his career trying to carve out better and bolder coffees from small producers in Peru. While the country is emerging as a specialty market after many years of focusing on bigger lots and certifications, Rony's passion is with identifying and developing the top scores and the best cups. As president of the young Lima Coffees exporting organization, Rony has already established himself as standing at the fore of micro-lot quality coffees in Cajamarca. His first year with Lima Coffees, he entered the national competition and won; with the introduction of the Cup of Excellence competition to Peru in 2017, the country is poised to enter the international spotlight for its finest offerings. Rony and his coffees will be the ones to watch.

 

EA DECAFFEINATION

Sugar cane ethyl acetate or commonly known as EA decaf is a natural process of decaffeinating coffee. It is usually found in Colombia where sugar cane is readily available and starts with making molasses from sugar cane. Once created it sits in vats to ferment. The bacteria creates acetic acid, much like fermenting coffee, and at the peak of fermentation, alcohol is added to make something called ethyl acetate. 

For it to be applied to coffee first, the green coffee is steamed in tanks to elevate the moisture level. The beans swell which allows the extraction of caffeine. Ethyl acetate is added to the mixture, and it dissolves the caffeine in the coffee. The coffee is then washed with water and laid to dry. In theory, the coffee should reach the same moisture content as it arrived in, which is somewhere between 11-12%. The most important part of EA coffee, and why it tastes so sweet, is it avoids high pressure and high heat, which degrades coffee quickly. This allows the natural terroir flavors to come through, making it a sweet and bright decaf.

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ESPRESSO - Modbar EP
Brew Temp: 198°F, Line Pressure: ~3.5 bars, Max Pressure: 9 bars, 
Pressure Profile: 0 sec to 4 sec - line pressure, from 4 sec till done - 9 bars
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TRANSPARENCY

Decaf Peru Cajamarca

This coffee came to us by way of our friends at Cafe Imports. In addition to their reputation of importing amazing coffees, they also have a reputation of importing some nice Colombia decaf lots, and this Peru holds up to that standard. We scored it at an 87, and we purchased ten 70-kg bags of this coffee from Cafe Imports for $2.98/lb.


 

- The Coffee Commodity purchase price was $1.12/lb when we purchased this coffee.

- The Fair Trade Coffee minimum price was $1.60/lb when we purchased this coffee.

 

* We as a company believe transparency is unbelievably important. However, we decided only to list what is shown here because we don’t know where to stop. Do we list the amount of coffee lost in roasting due to moisture loss? Should we list our roaster Mark's salary? The warehouse rent? The utilities? The point of listing things above is not to justify what we charge or what we profit, but to give a realistic snapshot of the industry and how Specialty Coffee can be different than other commodity industries. If you have concerns feel free to email us and I’ll write you back when I’m available.

- Jon

 

 

RELATIONSHIP COFFEE

Relationship Coffee is an initiative we, at Onyx, have purposely created to describe our sourcing and buying practices and how we document them. Certifications like Direct Trade, Fair Trade, and others have impacted the coffee communities in mostly positive ways but also in some negative ways. We find that blanket terms and applying them to a multitude of business models no longer describes what we do.

 

In reality, every company is different, and we wanted to step out from the mold and create a new set of standards that exceeds in every department from quality to transparency to pricing. The growers, exporters, importers, associations, cooperatives, and other entities are always a set of relationships. To be honest, many are our friends as much as they are our producers and partners. We share information, family news, meals, housing, many faiths, and argue politics. Oh, and we love it. Relationship Coffee for Onyx is the mark of an honest exchange ethos that permeates our company, and we hope it encourages the growth of specialty coffee for the future.

 

 

GOALS

 

  • We visited the farm or cupping lab and listened to the producer/agronomist or head cooperative/association to ascertain better knowledge about the culture and practices.

  • We cupped the coffee, and it scored to our industry-high standards.

  • We do not buy futures or multiple harvests to ensure that what we cupped for that year is what we serve.

  • We do not ask for exclusivity from producers, binding their options.

  • We pay what the coffee is worth. This always is at least double Fair Trade minimum due to the quality we buy, and many times is three to ten times the amount.

  • We do not finance any coffee. Cash flow is just as important as the final price. Coffee is paid in full upon delivery, and we pay a percentage upfront upon contracting.

  • We are completely transparent from price to logistics to cupping score, to who we work with buying and shipping coffee.

  • We work to set premiums after a contracted price to incentivize quality and community building. This can be .10¢ - .25¢ extra per pound or community projects such as school supplies in the growing village, sports jerseys, vented chimneys for kitchen fires, etc.

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