Ozark Copper Espresso - 5 lbs.
Ozark Copper is one of two blends we recreate year round that are specifically designed for espresso. This is the lighter-roasted, more fruit forward counterpart to Red Queen. We wanted an espresso that intentionally worked with low amounts of milk or on its own. Ozark Copper is delicate and tends to get lost in beverages of milk that have a volume of 12oz or more. When tasted as pure espresso or in small amounts of milk the idea of coffee as a cherry really becomes obvious. Purity in coffee is what Ozark Copper represents, a beautiful image of where modern espresso is going. It’s higher in acidity yet retains large amounts of sweetness and a thick coating body. Ozark Copper always uses a naturally processed East African coffee to exude huge fruit flavors and a Central or South American coffee depending on the season for complex sugar browning notes. The combining of processing methods is another variable that allows for interesting complexity. Look for juicy cherry up front, almond sweetness in the middle, and a finish of complex dry cocoa. Your tactile experience should be a juicy round body with a medium creamy mouthfeel that can be coating.
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 a very modern bright cherry, almond, cocoa, and some lime zest for Ozark Copper. We then start blind cupping through a large amount of coffees to find these specific attributes. With this blend, the Colombian gives us sweetness and has perfect caramelized sugars to help perceived chocolate and nutty notes. Then to add a fruit forward complexity we use a naturally processed Ethiopian. This means the coffee was dried and fermented in the fruit before the bean was extracted.
The purpose is that once a flavor profile is created we update the coffees that make up Ozark Copper 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.
We suggest using this coffee for espresso, however, it works great for a medium roasted filter coffee as well. For espresso try 20g in your portafilter, 42 grams out pulled at 25-27 seconds. For drip coffee brew with any filter based device at a 1/15 ratio.
Ozark Copper is in the hopper at all of our Labs and is our house espresso for beverages twelve ounces and under.
Guatemala El Panal
This is a Relationship Coffee from our friends at Onyx Coffee Guatemala. We paid $4.05 to our friend Blake, which we cupped at an 86.5. We contracted 20 70k bags of this 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 Buku Washed
This is a Relationship Coffee from our friends at Metad in Ethiopia. We’ve been working with Aman and Michael Adinew (Metad) for four 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 $4.60/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.
Commodity Coffee Market purchase price $1.42 per pound
Fair Trade Coffee Market purchase price $1.72 per pound
Ethiopia Kochere Natural
This is a coffee we bought from our friends Samuel at Keffa Coffee. They are a boutique importer and exporter of Ethiopia coffees. It’s been a while since we worked with Keffa and we are excited to offer this super clean sweet natural as part of a component to Ozark Copper. We paid $4.50 per pound and cupped this at a 88.5. We contracted 30 69k grain pro bags.
- The Coffee Commodity purchase price was $1.41/lb when we purchased this coffee.
- The Fair Trade Coffee minimum purchase price was $1.61/lb when we purchased this coffee.
* 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