Ginseng | Onyx Coffee Lab

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New Teas are launching this week now in sachets. We've taken weighing to the tenth of a gram out of your hands so that each cup is perfect. We suggest trying Onyx Tealight which has organic oats and honey along with black tea and cinnamon to create a complex sweetness and silky mouthfeel tea experience.

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SHIPPING DELAY

Due to a winter storm in Northwest Arkansas all orders are temporarily delayed. As soon as it is safe for our employees to return to work we will get all orders shipped as quickly as possible.

TRENDING COFFEES

Honduras COE #1 Benjamin Paz Colombia Aponte Village Panama Elida Estate Krampus BigFace x Onyx Coffee Framily Ethiopia Nano Genji Colombia Inza Nilson Guatemala El Socorro Gesha

THE ROASTERY

It's 2023 and we have boots on the ground sourcing coffees for the year. While its Winter here at home, East Africa is in full harvest. We'll be soon traveling through Kenya and Ethiopia to cup through hundreds of micro-lots and meet with producing partners and cooperatives for purchasing. Small releases of Colombia and Late Harvest Ethiopia are also hitting the roastery now.

TEA

New Teas are launching this week now in sachets. We've taken weighing to the tenth of a gram out of your hands so that each cup is perfect. We suggest trying Onyx Tealight which has organic oats and honey along with black tea and cinnamon to create a complex sweetness and silky mouthfeel tea experience.

ECHELON SEASON 2

Season 2 is here with new options in 2023! OPTION 1: FULL MEMBERSHIP As a full member, you will be provided with not only a year of the world's best coffee, but also all the equipment and ways control every aspect of brewing, even down to the water chemistry. OPTION 2: COFFEE ONLY MEMBERSHIP This year we are expanding the Echelon program to offer a coffee only option. This is a very exclusive and limited project due to the fact that sourcing these rare coffees is an arduous and extremely delicate process.

JON'S WISDOM:

Your soul and palate still pay for "free" coffee...

Ginseng | Oolong Tea
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Ginseng | Oolong Tea

This oolong tea was grown in Fujian, China, and the fresh leaves are harvested, then immediately hand-rolled into a ball shape. The leaves are fired and then rolled again, and this process is repeated over 20 times until the tea is fully processed. Lastly, it is mixed with ginseng powder and dried. This tea has a rich, lingering sweetness in the cup.


10 Sachets 100 Sachets
$-.-

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Sustainability Report
Low High
Origin:
Fujian, China
Process:
Hand-Rolled & Fired Repeatedly, Dried
Elevation:
300-500 Meters
Cup:
Maple, Osmanthus, Sweet Mint
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Origin:
Fujian, China
Process:
Hand-Rolled & Fired Repeatedly, Dried
Elevation:
300-500 Meters
Cup:
Maple, Osmanthus, Sweet Mint

Story

Duan’s Family Farm
Duan grew up on tea farms and has been involved with tea growing & production for his entire life. He is one of the most prolific & enthusiastic tea producers, and our sourcing partner has worked with him for over a decade. Through the years, Duan has pioneered many organic farming initiatives, curated his own small production facility, and forged partnerships with producers and farmers all around Henan, China. Today, he owns several of his own tea gardens.

The entire production of this ginseng oolong tea is handled exclusively in Duan’s own production facility. Each batch is produced by hand in very small quantities, and Duan’s entire family is involved in the processing from start to finish. They are incredibly passionate about producing unique, artisanal teas, and they are always experimenting with new ways to produce high quality teas, all by hand. He is always excited to share new teas that he’s working on and is beyond grateful for the opportunity to share his artistic handiwork with the world.

Oolong Tea
We can enjoy a wide range of aromas and flavors in oolong tea thanks to the different production styles and unique tea cultivars. The trademark characteristic of an oolong tea is the semi-oxidation process, but the degree of oxidation can range from 8% to 85% depending on the variety and length of time before firing. It requires great attention to both timing and temperature in repeated stages of rolling, shaping and firing until the desired amount of bruising and browning of leaves has been achieved. The final leaves are usually rolled into strands or curled into small beads.

BREWING GUIDES :
(Sachet) Hot (8oz)
Tea: 2g
Water: 8oz
Water Temp: 195*F
Total Brew Time: 4 mins

Farm Cost

The price here reflects not only the labor of growing and cultivating the tea, but also the respective farm’s years of skilled handling, quality of regional cultivars, and oftentimes processing work that may include milling, drying, steaming, oxidation process, and more. We partner with friends like Savoy Tea Company to identify quality teas, where within we seek to uphold transparency and quality. Due to the varying weights of each type of tea, at this time, we are listing the rough cost for each tea box. This tea was purchased at $220 per kilogram.

$5.50

Transportation

This number represents the cost incurred while the tea was moved from the producing country to Onyx Coffee Lab in Arkansas. The price listed below is the cost we incurred per box of tea via designated express micro-lot shipping by air transport. It varies for each tea based on the overall volume and density of the shipment. The air transport rate was $50/kg.

$1.00

Production Cost

The following list includes many of the costs associated with producing this tea. We have always maintained transparency as a principle but have often lumped these things under the label of “production costs” in the past without going into detail.

There is an inherent difference in handling tea versus coffee, where most teas are fully processed at a processing facility in the region or at the tea farm itself. There is intensely skilled labor that comes with the drying, oxidation, rolling, steaming and packing processes. Tea is also physically very delicate, and extra care is taken in handling each dried leaf or bud to maintain the structural integrity of tea.

While the following list isn’t exhaustive, hopefully, it gives you a picture of the work, expense, and investment involved in executing tea at the level that we do. At this time we are listing our cost of production for each pound of tea at around $3.40. There are obviously many other aspects of running a business such as breakage, mistakes, new equipment and maintenance, but this works as an arbitrary cost associated with making one box of tea.

Fixed Costs
These are costs associated with simply having a business. Things like utilities of internet, natural gas, phones, rent, business licenses, fees, etc. These things increase every year. For example, most commercial leases increase by 2% every year. We periodically look at these costs and try to reduce expenses, but work in this area are small moves of the needle as these are mostly the same and usually increase every year.

Packaging
This is all the things that go into packaging the tea to get it safely to your home. There’s the biodegradable bag, the recyclable box, the compostable mailer, different boxes for bulk shipping, the paper that pads the tea, tape, and a few odds and ends. (Read about our new retail packaging HERE). These costs are separate from the tea, but a part of the cost of producing tea that is packed well and ready to ship and consume. We want our teas to arrive in a secure fashion, looking like it did when it left Onyx: with style and design but also keeping the environment in mind. Shipping packages inevitably have waste associated and we’re working towards sustainability at each step.

Labor
At Onyx, we work to make jobs both sustainable and celebrated, and we pay salaries, provide health insurance, and give regular raises to our staff. Often we have a handful of staff that get celebrated, but everyone on our team contributes and is valuable. Likewise, we wish to pay our tea partner, Savoy Tea Co, for all their skilled labor in tea handling (from hand massaging oils to create phenomenal Earl Grey or the careful packaging of each tea box). Onyx is not just a brand or a design or a café, we are truly made by every person we work with.

We all know it takes work to make anything. Savoy’s sourcing approach echoes our own, which has more labor involved than you may think. Because we visit every Relationship Coffee producer, that means our green buying team of Jon and Dakota typically spend a total of six months traveling. We’re committed to visiting and cupping on the ground, this inevitably is an investment of time, of money, of long layovers, of encountering government coupes and protests, and forging some of the greatest friendships and seeing some of the most beautiful landscapes imaginable. We appreciate that in working with the Savoy Tea team, Bill and Kyle, put equal dedication into sourcing these teas.

We have a creative team that helps create all things visible, digital, and print. These folks are very talented and have really helped push the dream of Onyx to the next level. We believe that tea can inherently be great, but having something that looks and feels good helps inform expectations, helps bring value, and tells the stories in this way has tangible and important value.

These are a few of the jobs we feel really have more involvement than might be imagined, but throughout Onyx there are touch points of intentionally positioned team members to help create the best possible beverage experiences.

Taxes
We all know what this is. We set aside and submit money every quarter for taxes along with paying all of the weekly and monthly taxes we are obligated to pay. This can be tough for a small business as there are ebbs and flows in cash flow, and taxes are often not paid in conjunction with the sales season.

$3.40

Fair Trade Min.

$0.00

C Market

$0.00

Cup Score

Lot Size

Lot size informs us of one thing: the size of that lot. Forming a single farm lot can often take just as much labor and experience as the large regional blends, depending on the level of labor or quality standards applied to each day or week’s pickings.

A great example of this would be matcha powder, which is often a carefully constructed sum of processed green teas that are often grown in different sections of a farm to create a balanced and intentional matcha experience. It may be built up of many different farms. This often signifies that the lot was built to reflect the flavor characteristics or unique cultivars of the region. Meanwhile, a larger lot size of a Yunnan black tea may end up being used in a variety of different teas, based on the final processing and any additional treatments before packaging.

75kg

Transparency Grade

Transparency

We as a company believe that transparency is unbelievably important. The point of listing things below 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.

$9.90
$5.50
$1.00
$3.40
$0.00
$0.00
75kg

Transparency

We as a company believe that transparency is unbelievably important. The point of listing things below 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.

$5.50
$1.00
$3.40
$9.90
75kg

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