What problem does Onyx Coffee solve?
Buying from Onyx Coffee Lab means you’re supporting a coffee or tea producer directly, and you’re guaranteed to enjoy a really high-quality specialty coffee or tea. We source the finest coffee in the world, literally the highest-scoring cup quality, and our roasting team knows how to roast each coffee to shine in the cup. Similarly, our tea program comes from boutique tea growers in Japan and China currently. They are some of the best in loose leaf tea.
Tell us about the founder. What is their background?
Onyx is co-founded by Jon and Andrea Allen. They started working in coffee in high school, during the original boom of the third wave coffee scene. As they started getting more curious about roasting and sourcing coffee, they came to start their own coffee brand, Onyx Coffee Lab.
How did they come up with the idea?
At the time, the coffee industry was pretty hush-hush about where coffee comes from. They decided to flip that entire narrative by being totally transparent about who they buy green coffee from, how much they pay for it, how it’s even imported and transported to the roastery in Northwest Arkansas. Today, you can find this information for every single coffee Onyx releases on its website, down to the roasting batch information on every coffee that’s roasted.
How can this transform the world or our day-to-day lives?
This will transform the world of coffee by allowing more coffee consumers to be connected to the agricultural side of coffee, thereby supporting more sustainable and innovative ways of growing coffee in the future. Many of Onyx’s coffee-producing relationships span over 5 years with single cooperatives or coffee producers. Over time, this means that each producer can grow their own practices whether that means more acreage, better shading plants, improved washing/milling/drying facilities, and more.
What do customers love most about the product?
Our customers enjoy the quality of the single-origin coffees that Onyx provides. We roast & ship every day during the week, and with every new coffee offering, we provide educational coffee brewing resources so anyone can brew along at home with a coffee brewing recipe often designed by our head of education, Elika Liftee; the 2020-2021 US Brewers Cup Champion.
Where can people get this product?
OnyxCoffeeLab.com! Or at any Onyx cafe in Northwest Arkansas, or likely in an independent cafe in their own neighborhood. We serve our coffee through a vast network of partners, but you can enjoy the widest selection from our website.