Decaf Colombia Medellín
Medellín is legitimately my favorite city in the world. The food scene is fantastic and the coffee scene is really making waves. Our producer and friend Pedro Echevarria runs a beautiful cafe called Pergamino in the heart of the city. One of the best things about the city as a coffee location though is how close the farms are to the city. With a quick 45-minute drive one can be standing in the mountains on a farm overlooking the varied elevations that make up the incredible landscape of Colombia. I try to visit Medellin 2-3 times per year. This coffee was found by Royal Coffee and shipped to be decaffeinated in Canada. We took this coffee to a light to medium roast, and it works great as drip or espresso.
SWISS WATER DECAF PROCESS:
Let’s have amazing coffee without caffeine, but let’s also do this with out chemicals. This might sound obvious, but almost all decaf is actually decaffeinated with methylene chloride or ethyl acetate. The Swiss Water Process is unique! With a special patent, they use water temperature and various pressures to extract 99.9% of the caffeine out of coffee naturally. This also doesn’t impart harsh flavors or medicinal defects in the coffee like other methods can. We only carry Swiss Water’s decaf coffees while still maintaining our seasonal buying practices. Which means we ship our coffee to be decaffeinated or we buy coffee that was shipped to the Swiss Water facility. Enjoy proper high-quality decaf!
French Press it for a great afternoon cup. Use just next to the coarsest grind you can, and brew with a 1:17 ratio. I recommend either 35 grams of coffee with 600 grams of water, for almost 20 oz. For more people, use 50 grams of coffee to 850-900 grams of water.
On espresso: 19 grams into the portafilter, 45 grams (2oz) out in 24 seconds. Surprisingly delicious. This is one of the best decaf coffees/espressos you'll ever have.
Decaf Colombia Medellín
This coffee came from the importer Royal Coffee in California. We have bought a few coffees from them in the past, and they help us move coffees that we buy directly. They have always been great to work with and Kevin, our friend there, has been insightful throughout our company's journey. We paid Royal Coffee $2.98/lb for this coffee and bought 12 70kg bags of green coffee. When purchasing coffee from an importer, it is rare you will get an exact FOB price from the company but if we do we will post it here.
- The Coffee Commodity purchase price was $1.51/lb when we purchased these coffees.
- The Fair Trade Coffee minimum purchase price was $1.71/lb when we purchased these coffees.
* 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.
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.
- 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.