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Sanxia Bi Luo Chun | Green Tea
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Sanxia Bi Luo Chun | Green Tea

This lot was produced by the Lee family with Qing Xin Gan Zhi cultivar material that was collected from over 200 local smallholder growers in Sanxia, Taiwan. It is a riff on the classic Chinese tea, Bi Luo Chun. Raw leaf is pan-fried, rolled to shape, and lightly baked to finish. Enjoy a silky, easy-drinking cup with sweet vegetable and toasted nut character.


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Variety:
Sanxia, New Taipei City, Taiwan
Process:
Pan-Fried, Rolled, Baked
Elevation:
300-800 Meters
Cup:
Cashew Milk, Sweet Corn, Mellow
Variety:
Sanxia, New Taipei City, Taiwan
Process:
Pan-Fried, Rolled, Baked
Elevation:
300-800 Meters
Cup:
Cashew Milk, Sweet Corn, Mellow

Story & Recipe

Lee Family Farm
A common practice in Sanxia, Mr. Lee’s production house buys raw tea leaf from over 200 local smallholder growers (not unlike the standard Japanese tea model, whereby farmers sell their fresh harvests to centralized producing facilities). Here, the Lee family expertly processes the material into a variety of Taiwanese standards. This lot of Bi Luo Chun was handmade with exclusively Qing Xin Gan Zhi cultivar leaf that was withered, pan-fried in electric woks to “fix” (the process of heating tea leaves to neutralize the enzymes responsible for oxidation), machine-rolled to shape, and lightly baked to dry.

Bi Luo Chun Tea
Originally, Bi Luo Chun is from Jiangsu province, China, but it was introduced to Taiwan around 1949, and it has become one of the most well-known teas produced in Sanxia district with the Qing Xin Gan Zhi cultivar. Not inherently better or worse than the single-origin offering from Jiangsu (made with a variety of Chinese cultivars), the common practice of centralized producing facilities buying and producing raw material from area farmers tends to tell a fuller story of the terroir, as this Bi Luo Chun is collected from material grown all over Sanxia, versus just one plot.

Tea Cost / Source

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 Hugo 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 $165 per kilogram.

$9.60

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

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, Hugo 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. Hugo’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 Hugo Tea team, Tyler and Logan, 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.

150kg

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.

$14.00
$9.60
$1.00
$3.40
$0.00
$0.00
150kg

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.

$9.60
$1.00
$3.40
$14.00
150kg

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