Onyx Coffee Lab via Dog and Hat

 Skipping back to the September Dog and Hat Box, we are featuring Onyx Coffee Lab, this one I was super excited to try as they were quite high on my Instagram to try list. 

So who are Onyx Coffee Lab?

"It was some years ago that we, Jon and Andrea, began to dream of serving a sweet, black cup of coffee to our customers in Arkansas. 

Out of this dream is how Onyx Coffee lab was born in October 2012. Back then, we were struggling to get access to the kind of green coffee samples we were interested in. When no one knows who you are, no one wants to take a chance on you. We came out blazing with siphons, Kyoto cold brew towers and weekly cuppings and classes, anything we could do to get customers asking why. Today we consist of a roasting facility, three stores with another on the way, 59 baristas, 2 roasters, a delivery guy, a warehouse grandpa, and a toddler"

Roaster - Diedrich

The Coffee 

From Aman Adinew's Metad farm near Hambella in the Guji Zone region of Ethiopia.

The Hambella estate is now world-famous for producing he best coffees in Ethiopia, no small part to the commitment of the Adinew brothers to elevate these coffees to height unknown previously. METAD sets the standard for quality at each washing station they own, adapting practices from all over the world to grow and process coffee to the highest standard. Doing such great and harmonious work in the sometimes dissonant setting of Ethiopia is what sets them apart, and they strive to elevate not only the coffees but the people as well.

Over the past few years, they've adopted a local elementary school that provides over 400 students with supplies and financial support through Grounds for Health. It's clear that each action they take in Ethiopia elevates not only the coffees they grow but the people they work alongside. We are honoured to continue to work with them each season. 

Ethiopia Hambella Buku 

Process: Washed

Altitude: 2000MASL

Varietal: Heirloom

Tasting Notes: Apricot, Elderflower, Black Tea, Lemon

SCA Score: 88

Let's Brew!

Brewer: V60 

Recipe: 15g/225g

3 Minute Brew Time

Ratio: 1:15


This coffee hit with some delicious lemon zest notes, with sweet hints in the after taste and next to no acidity. Overwhelmingly this coffee was like a liquid lemon tart, absolutely delicious, and super refreshing, I reckon this would be delicious as an iced V60 too! As it cooled slightly it became more syrupy sweet with more honeydew melon notes, and a subtle sweet tea undertone. 

Onyx are clearly producing some incredible coffees out of their Roastery, and it's definitely made me want to try so many other coffees out from Onyx!

Find Onyx Coffee Lab

Website - here

Instagram - here


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