Decaf Colombia Medellín
Medellín is legitimately my favorite city in the world. The food the 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!
Try this coffee with your French press at home.
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 have purposely created to describe our sourcing and buying practices and how we document them. Terms like Direct Trade, Fair Trade, and other certifications have impacted the coffee communities in mostly positive but also in some negative ways. We find that blanket terms applying 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 price. 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.
RELATIONSHIP COFFEE GOALS
- We visited the farm in person and viewed facilities, growing practices, and culture.
- 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 upfront 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.
If this seems like bragging or what i see often as another “For profit/Non profit” company, that is not our hope. You should buy our coffee because we have the best coffee and killer artwork (and because you like it). How we buy and source can be interesting or completely inconsequential, but we hope this sheds light on how we operate and what you can expect as we continue to grow. Thank you