Artist Collaboration Story
Onyx has teamed up with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art to create a limited-edition coffee release in honor of legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz, whose installation, “Annie Leibovitz at Work,” is on display at the museum. Open until January 29, 2024, the exhibition showcases an array of iconic images from contemporary history, complemented by exclusive, never-before-seen photographs that were selected by Leibovitz for the exhibition. The immeasurable influence Annie Leibovitz has had as an artist cannot be overstated. It’s an extraordinary privilege to pay tribute to her through this coffee release. The worlds of coffee and the arts have a lot in common and frequently intersect. We have been fortunate to collaborate with a number of exceptionally talented artists through the years, and now joining forces with the world-class team at Crystal Bridges, right here in our home region of northwest Arkansas, adds an extra layer of significance to this endeavor.
Kenya Baragwi Guama AA
The Baragwi Farmers Cooperative Society has been in operation since 1953, and since have amassed twelve individual processing stations. Combined, the cooperative oversees processing for over 16,000 small-holder farmers. The cooperative boasts a governing board composed of farmers representing various sub-regions of Kirinyaga. Kenya is renowned for its exceptional large-scale processing, a reputation that extends worldwide. The customary practice involves meticulously sorting bright white parchment coffee beans by density and conditioning them at high altitudes. This tradition is a source of pride, even for generations of Kenyan processing managers who favor Kenyan tea (abundantly cultivated in nearby Muranga county) over coffee. The central coffee-growing regions benefit from abundant water resources, historically enabling coffee factories to engage in thorough washing and soaking processes using fresh, cold river water.
The Guama factory, established in 1974 and named after the local village, plays a crucial role in serving 3,500 smallholder producers. On average, each producer tends to around 85 coffee trees. At this factory, coffee beans undergo fermentation using pristine water sourced from the Kaboyo River before being dried in the sun on elevated beds.
Honduras San Andres Lempa
San Andres, a quaint municipality nestled in the Honduran state of Lempira, is home to a population of approximately 15,000 residents. The livelihoods of these inhabitants revolve mostly around coffee production, which stands as the primary source of income for the entire community. Situated atop "Pico Congolon" at an elevation of approximately 1,650 meters above sea level, San Andres is ensconced amidst the natural beauty of two biological reserves: the Opalaca Biological Reserve and the Pacavita Volcano Biological Reserve.
This is the second year of our new San Andres project with San Vicente. Together, we cup dozens of microlots delivered from the San Andres community, flagging them into micro-lots, while also building a macro lot which represents the cumulative quality of the region.