Sustainability – Onyx Coffee Lab

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SHIPPING DELAY

Due to a winter storm in Northwest Arkansas all orders are temporarily delayed. As soon as it is safe for our employees to return to work we will get all orders shipped as quickly as possible.

TRENDING COFFEES

Honduras COE #1 Benjamin Paz Colombia Aponte Village Panama Elida Estate Krampus BigFace x Onyx Coffee Framily Ethiopia Nano Genji Colombia Inza Nilson Guatemala El Socorro Gesha

THE ROASTERY

It's 2023 and we have boots on the ground sourcing coffees for the year. While its Winter here at home, East Africa is in full harvest. We'll be soon traveling through Kenya and Ethiopia to cup through hundreds of micro-lots and meet with producing partners and cooperatives for purchasing. Small releases of Colombia and Late Harvest Ethiopia are also hitting the roastery now.

TEA

New Teas are launching this week now in sachets. We've taken weighing to the tenth of a gram out of your hands so that each cup is perfect. We suggest trying Onyx Tealight which has organic oats and honey along with black tea and cinnamon to create a complex sweetness and silky mouthfeel tea experience.

ECHELON SEASON 2

Season 2 is here with new options in 2023! OPTION 1: FULL MEMBERSHIP As a full member, you will be provided with not only a year of the world's best coffee, but also all the equipment and ways control every aspect of brewing, even down to the water chemistry. OPTION 2: COFFEE ONLY MEMBERSHIP This year we are expanding the Echelon program to offer a coffee only option. This is a very exclusive and limited project due to the fact that sourcing these rare coffees is an arduous and extremely delicate process.

JON'S WISDOM:

Your soul and palate still pay for "free" coffee...

SHIPPING DELAY

Due to a winter storm in Northwest Arkansas all orders are temporarily delayed. As soon as it is safe for our employees to return to work we will get all orders shipped as quickly as possible.

TRENDING COFFEES

Honduras COE #1 Benjamin Paz Colombia Aponte Village Panama Elida Estate Krampus BigFace x Onyx Coffee Framily Ethiopia Nano Genji Colombia Inza Nilson Guatemala El Socorro Gesha

THE ROASTERY

It's 2023 and we have boots on the ground sourcing coffees for the year. While its Winter here at home, East Africa is in full harvest. We'll be soon traveling through Kenya and Ethiopia to cup through hundreds of micro-lots and meet with producing partners and cooperatives for purchasing. Small releases of Colombia and Late Harvest Ethiopia are also hitting the roastery now.

TEA

New Teas are launching this week now in sachets. We've taken weighing to the tenth of a gram out of your hands so that each cup is perfect. We suggest trying Onyx Tealight which has organic oats and honey along with black tea and cinnamon to create a complex sweetness and silky mouthfeel tea experience.

ECHELON SEASON 2

Season 2 is here with new options in 2023! OPTION 1: FULL MEMBERSHIP As a full member, you will be provided with not only a year of the world's best coffee, but also all the equipment and ways control every aspect of brewing, even down to the water chemistry. OPTION 2: COFFEE ONLY MEMBERSHIP This year we are expanding the Echelon program to offer a coffee only option. This is a very exclusive and limited project due to the fact that sourcing these rare coffees is an arduous and extremely delicate process.

JON'S WISDOM:

Your soul and palate still pay for "free" coffee...

Sustainability.

We believe that quality, design, and sustainability work together to produce excellence. Great design and coffees should always be sustainable by nature. It's been our life work to work towards this goal and we are pleased to share our initiatives and carefully cultivated decisions that help juxtapose the world's best coffees with innovative sustainability practices. Enjoy.

Mailers.

From start to finish we are working to utilize sustainable materials in every area possible. Our mailers are eco-friendly, so you can enjoy opening your coffee without all of the excessive non-recyclable plastics. Plus, they look good too. We use these mailers for all 4oz and 10oz boxes, 2lb bags and most merchandise!
These mailers are certified home compostable, made from a number of renewable plant-based materials and bio-polymers with an average breakdown of 180 days or 90 days in commercial composting conditions. Through using these mailers we are also supporting the Eco-Packaging Alliance; a great way to both contribute to global reforestation and show off eco-friendly packaging. Every order we place promotes trees being planted in areas of need!

Boxes.

For our 4oz and 10oz boxes, we are utilizing boxes that are made from unbleached, uncoated paperboard. These are low-density, moisture resistant, high-yield and provide strength and durability using less fiber. They are food-grade certified and easily recyclable. We designed them to look and feel superb, and we chose these materials to help thoughtful, innovative design meet sustainability
Our boxes come from WestRock. WestRock gathers recyclable materials, processes and repurposes the fiber, and creates new boxes with it. The boxes are overlaid with laminate, which is a polypropylene composite that consists of non-toxic chemicals and recycles through conventional paper recycling.

Boxes.

For our 10oz, 2lb, and 5lb bags we are utilizing Biotre 2.0 packaging which offers both structure and sustainability for our bags. Made from 60% compostable and all renewable film layers, Biotre takes an active and interactive role in upholding product integrity. These bags include a one-way gas valve as well to ensure longer lasting shelf stability and freshness. The bags are also beautiful and offer the texture and color to fit the entire vision of our aesthetic.
Most packaging is made from non-renewable plastic and foil; however, Biotre adds a final layer of eco-friendly initiative into our packaging and allows our consumers to not worry about the footprint their favorite coffee leaves behind.

Roasting.

We are thrilled to announce that our Roastery is carbon neutral. Early in 2020, we finalized installation of Solar Panels on the roof of our HQ which has taken the entire roastery and production area off the grid to operate fully on solar powered energy. Roasting and production is a power-house and requires a lot of energy to operate; by being able to take this off the table we are able to take yet another step in reducing our carbon footprint.
Additionally, we roast on Diedrich IR-12s which utilize far less energy than the standard small-batch and production roasters. Through infrared gas burners, we are given the autonomy to roast with conductive, convective, and radiant heat, instead of traditional large gas burners, giving an estimated 60% reduction of natural gas usage.

Producers.

We take active steps at the producer level to buy and support sustainable coffees. Quantifying the sustainability of our producing partners is difficult as country to country the practices surrounding coffee production differ. However, we believe that sustainability and quality go together, and have long been interested in purchasing coffees that reinforce this concept. There are several avenues through which we pursue this.
We pay premiums that producers use to build drying beds, to purchase organic fertilizers, among other small initiatives that work towards sustainability. For many producers, sustainability is much more than just an industry buzzword, but is a way to work towards coffee production supporting their families and communities for years to come.
Another way we do this is through purchasing natural and honey processed coffees that yield less acidic runoff. This helps protect the integrity of ground waters, and also requires less water for processing. Our coffee lineup regularly features coffees that utilize these methods.
Our Relationship coffee model reinforces our desire to work regularly with producers that are consistently putting out excellent coffees and also that are actively working towards practices that cultivate long term production on their farms. Coffee production is truly a long game. Sustainable practices on the farm level help make this a reality, both for financial and agricultural stability.


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