Geometry has been defined as "describing spaces that lie beyond the normal range of human experience." Soon it will also be defined as "that coffee from Onyx that I am in love with and completely redefined my relationship with coffee." You may be thinking…this sounds a lot like Framily our holiday blend…Sshhhh don’t spoil it for others, and also nice guess. It was so good we thought we would keep it around for a bit.
The real goal here is playing with processing and fermentation. We wanted to see how a black honey processed coffee can showcase the fermented fruit flavors and mix with a caramelized washed coffee. This coffee is ridiculously good and approachable while also remaining complex. It will convert even the most skeptical towards Specialty.
Our approach to our blends is a bit different at Onyx. Instead of choosing coffees from specific countries or regions that will, in theory, intertwine well to create complex & cohesive flavors like most. We actually start from the end and work our way back. This perspective means we choose to create a specific flavor profile first, deciding which acidities, sugars and fats we want to accentuate for the coffee. Once a flavor profile has been set, in this case german chocolate cake, blueberry, and spices for Geometry. We then start cupping blind through a large amount of coffees to find these specific attributes. With this blend, the Colombian gives us a syrupy, clean, fermented fruit flavor. It shows itself upfront and in the finish. Clean fermentation is the key to finding alternative processed coffees such as honeys and naturals. Next, we add a washed Ethiopian to add more fruit and complexity.
The purpose is that once a flavor profile is created we update the coffees that make up Geometry every 2-3 months. This allows us to have a year round blend with a flavor profile of high quality, while retaining our commitment to seasonal coffees. This vigorous amount of cupping and blending takes a considerable amount of time. But we really think it makes the difference and is a system we use for all our blends.
Feel excited that the coffee you are tasting is always in season, and therefore, it is cupping and tasting to its full potential. We will never compromise our commitment to high quality coffees and blends, whether it’s a single origin release or a blend component. You will not find Onyx buying “blender” coffees to save cost or prolong a good coffee. We also always keep blends to three coffees or less and maintain ratios in the build. This way what you extract is the flavor profile we designed.
Make this for your parents and see the conversion to specialty coffee in their eyes! Use this on a filter brew method. We prefer a Kalita Wave using the recipe 26 grams of coffee to 400 grams of water. But, wait, there’s more! Clever Drippers and V60’s also are great to brew this coffee with. The sweet caramelized berries will envelope your nose and the taste will not stray too far either. This coffee is easy to control during pour-overs so draining isn’t an issue during brewing.
Colombia San Rafael
This coffee comes to us from our friends at Red Fox. We paid $3.95/lb for this coffee which we cupped as an 87. Additionally, we added a 10¢/lb premium on top of the FOB price to go to social projects near the farm and producers. We bought twenty-eight 70kg bags of green coffee.
- The Coffee Commodity purchase price was $1.44/lb when we purchased these coffees.
- The Fair Trade Coffee minimum purchase price was $1.64/lb when we purchased these coffees.
Ethiopia Hambela Buku Washed
This is a direct trade coffee from our friends at Metad in Ethiopia. We’ve been working with Aman and Michael Adinew (Metad) for three years now. Metad started with one farm in the Oromia zone, then added one in Gedeb. Now they are working on a project in Limu and Sidama. We buy both natural and washed coffees from the BUKU macro lot program. We paid $4.85/lb FOB for this coffee which we cupped as an 89. Additionally, we added 10¢/lb premium on top of the FOB price to go to social projects near the farm and producers. Royal and Rift Valley brought our containers stateside for a fee and we bought 240 69kg bags (Washed & Natural) of green coffee.
- 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 to only list what is shown 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.
**Direct trade for us means we visited, viewed the operation, approved of the ethics and treatment of staff. It also means, we cupped the coffees and they scored to our standards. Then we paid what the coffee was worth, which is always at least double Fair Trade price and usually even more. We then add a premium on top of the price to go towards social projects in the area or give back some how to the community at large to help cultivate a real relationship with the producer and region. It’s not a certification. There is no governing body that decides when something is direct. Direct trade is marketing, and it means something different for all companies, it is widely abused as well as applauded. We can only say what direct trade means to us.