Colombia Urraeños De Pavón
The best time of the year is… well, all year long. Colombia has a unique advantage where there is one long main harvest, followed by a shorter, smaller harvest called Mitaca. That means that fresh microlots from Colombia are routinely shipped from port to port and are available for spot selection from wonderful importers like Coffee Shrub. This particular offering was cupped alongside our Colombia Rio Paéz during a cupping at home due to the pandemic. This coffee from Urrao is composed of seven small lots where coffee at home is not anomalous; it's everyday life. It is commonplace to see micromills processing coffees at home, mixing and processing the day's pickings into one larger batch. Each day they pick cherries that are added in alongside fresh water, slowing down the microbes as they break down the mucilage of the seed. After 3-5 days of mixed fermentation, the lot is then moved to drying beds.
This microlot is uniquely built of a few varieties that aren't as commonplace as micromills. Comprised of Caturra, F6 cultivar, and Caturra Chiroso, this coffee has a unique almond note, as well as a phenomenal silky texture. Much of this lot is Caturra Chiroso, which is a hyper-regional cultivar of Caturra that is slightly elongated in size. When it's processed well, this cultivar exudes an oily texture as well as delicate citrus notes.
WASHED PROCESSED COFFEES
The washed process begins with coffee cherries delivered to the washing station, both from the primary market or from farmers bringing their coffee directly to the mill. The cherries are inspected, and an initial quick round of hand-sorting separates the defective coffees before placing them into the hopper. They are then funneled to the disc pulper, which removes the fruit from the seeds (beans). After that phase is done, the coffee is fermented underwater for approximately 36 hours, with the water drained and refreshed once in that cycle. Then, the parchment is emptied into the washing channels, where it is agitated with rakes. During this step, the water is refreshed twice. Once the washing is complete, the coffee undergoes the traditional “double wash,” where it rests in the soaking tank for another 12 hours, before being taken to the raised drying tables for sun drying.
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Colombia Urraeños de Pavón
This is a coffee from our friends at Coffee Shrub. Dan Wood went out of his way in a pandemic to ship out samples from his home, that we in turn cupped in our own homes. We split a twenty bag lot with Coffee Shrub of 70-kilo bags for $4.25 per pound, cupping it 86.5 points on the SCA scoresheet as a spot offering. We purchased this coffee alongside the Colombia Colombia Rio Paéz.
- The Coffee Commodity purchase price was $1.09/lb when we purchased this coffee.
- The Fair Trade Coffee minimum price was $1.60/lb when we bought this coffee.
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In reality, every company is different, and we wanted to step out of 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.
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We do not buy futures or multiple harvests to ensure that what we cupped for that year is what we serve.
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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.