STORY:

Admit it, when you were a kid you didn't think you would be thinking of Geometry as an adult. But we have turned the tables on you, like a Lazy Susan. But don't worry our Geometry will not stress you out like middle school. Great as a filter coffee or an espresso this blend has become our answer for everything. Don't believe us here are some examples...

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Geometry Blend

Geometry has been defined as "describing spaces that lie beyond the normal range of human experience." Soon it will also be defined as "that coffee from Onyx that I am in love with and completely redefined my relationship with coffee."

It's our answer for everything and has two of our favorite coffees - a washed processed Ethiopian & a honey processed Colombian. This blend has become one of our favorite coffees. We love it as a filter coffee and we love it as an espresso. And not only does is it taste great as either but easy to dial in as espresso or filter.

Component 1: Colombia Aponte Village

Component 2: Ethiopia Guji Uraga

Process: Honey & Washed

Elevation: 1950 - 2100 Meters

Cup: Blueberry, Sweet Lemon, Black Tea, Honey, Silky & Round

Size:

12oz 5lbs
$ 16
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STORY:

Admit it, when you were a kid you didn't think you would be thinking of Geometry as an adult. But we have turned the tables on you, like a Lazy Susan. But don't worry our Geometry will not stress you out like middle school. Great as a filter coffee or an espresso this blend has become our answer for everything. Don't believe us here are some examples.

 

Q: Which coffee do you want for filter coffee? A: Geometry

 

Q: What coffee should we have as an espresso? A: Geometry

 

Q: The Pythagorean theorem is a formula used in which form of mathematics? A: Geometry

 

The real goal here is playing with processing and fermentation. We wanted to see how a black honey processed coffee can showcase the fermented fruit flavors and mix with a caramelized washed coffee. This coffee is ridiculously good and approachable while also remaining complex. It will convert even the most skeptical towards Specialty.

 

  

BLEND APPROACH:

Our approach to creating blends is a bit different at Onyx. Instead of choosing coffees from specific countries or regions that will, in theory, intertwine well to develop complex & cohesive flavors like most, we start from the end and work our way back. This perspective means we choose to create a particular flavor profile first - deciding which acidities, sugars, and fats we want to accentuate for the coffee. Once a flavor profile has been set, in this case, blueberry, lemon, and tea for Geometry. We then start cupping blind through a large number of coffees to find these specific attributes. With this blend, the Colombian gives us a syrupy, clean, fermented fruit flavor. It shows itself up front and in the finish. Clean fermentation is the key to finding alternatively processed coffees such as honeys and naturals. Next, we add a washed Ethiopian to add more fruit and complexity. Currently, for this blend, we are using Colombia Aponte Village and Ethiopia Uraga.

 

The purpose is that once a flavor profile is created, we update the coffees that make up Geometry every 2-3 months. This allows us to have a year-round blend with a flavor profile of high quality while retaining our commitment to seasonal coffees. This vigorous amount of cupping and blending takes a considerable amount of time. But we really think it makes the difference and is a system we use for all our blends.

 

Feel excited that the coffee you are tasting is always in season, and therefore, it is cupping and tasting to its full potential. We will never compromise our commitment to high-quality coffees and blends, whether it’s a single origin release or a blend component. You will not find Onyx buying “blender” coffees to save cost or prolong a good coffee. We also always keep blends to three coffees or less and maintain ratios in the build. This way what you extract is the flavor profile we designed.

 

 

SUGGESTED USE:

Wanna know more about how we brew it? Then visit our brew methods page cause "this is how we brew it" (think Montell Jordan when reading that last part).

 

FILTER - Kalita Wave
12oz - 22.5g Coffee : 360g Water 205°F 
~3:00 Drain Time 

 

FILTER - Kalita Wave
16oz - 28g Coffee : 450g Water 205°F 
~4:00 Drain Time 

 

FILTER - Batch Brew (1:16 ratio) 
250g Coffee : 1G brew 

 

As a house blend coffee Geometry is more fruit forward and bright than Monarch and Southern Weather. We are seeing this be the house blend of choice for a lot of cafés that want to provide something approachable to a wide customer base and adventurous enough to engage them in conversation. Look for honeylike sweetness, with blueberries, refreshing lemon, and a black tea note like an Ethiopian coffee. We love to sip on this coffee.

 

  

ESPRESSO - Modbar EP
Brew Temp: 198°F, Line Pressure: ~3.5 bars, Max Pressure: 9 bars, 
Pressure Profile: T0: 4s, T1: 4s, T2: 42s, T3-6: 0s
20g in : ~ 50g out @ ~25 seconds

 

We brew this blend as our house espresso. Any black espresso by default is this, as well as the base in any milk drinks up to 8oz. This is our modern blend, or more fruit forward. We like to showcase this espresso by itself. Fruity, sweet, complex, and long-lasting. These characteristics can get hidden in larger milk drinks, so we keep it to 8oz and under. But, the sweetness and acidity will still be present in the big drinks!

 

 

TRANSPARENCY:

Colombia Aponte Village

This is a Relationship Coffee we have been working with Pedro at Pergamino all year. He’s been kind and talented enough to cup through an incredible amount of 8-12 bag micro-lots putting together this macro-lot. He then sent samples our way to approve and blend together, thus creating one lot from Aponte Village. We paid $3.30/lb for this coffee green, and we cupped it as an 86. In total, we bought one hundred and twenty 69kg GrainPro bags. We paid Royal NY to bring in the coffee.

 

- The Coffee Commodity purchase price was $1.21/lb when we purchased this coffee.

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

 

 

Ethiopia Uraga

This coffee comes from our friends at Olam Specialty Coffee. Todd Mackey, known as the greatest musician of our time, has now transitioned into the coffee industry and sent a nice group of samples our way. This coffee along with the Kerche sang to us (much like Todd) and we contracted it immediately. We paid $4.25 per pound and cupped the coffee at an 88. We purchased thirty 60 kilo bags and received this coffee June 13th.

 

- The Coffee Commodity purchase price was $1.20/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 final price. Coffee is paid in full upon delivery, and we pay a percentage up front 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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