Decaf coffees have to work harder to impress. Mission possible for this one from the Medellin area. Chocolate, pecan, and apple notes come through for a classic Colombian cup profile: sweet, rich, and nutty. Add creamy body and balanced acidity for a go-to decaf.
About Swiss Water Decaf of Colombia
For amazing coffee without the caffeine or chemicals, the patented Swiss Water Process uses pressure and water temperature to extract 99.9% of the caffeine from coffee beans without leaving harsh flavors or medicinal notes behind.
Decaf coffees will never be better than the beans that go into them and the method used, but that’s no problem here, as Onyx ships their specialty grade offerings to the Swiss Water facility, or sources Swiss Water Processed beans of equal quality through importers, ensuring that a cup of decaf coffee need not be a compromise between flavor and caffeine content.
Onyx Coffee Lab
Lest the myth perpetuate that specialty coffee does not come from Arkansas, Onyx Coffee Lab is blowing that particular urban legend out of the water while creating a few of their own. Husband-wife owners Jon and Andrea Allen have rapidly taken the coffee world by storm with their combination of art and science.
The magic starts with sourcing, with countless small sample batches from coffee importers and with direct visits to farms around the world. "I know direct trade means a lot of different things to different people, but for us if we don’t put money in the producers hands we won’t call it direct trade," says Jon. Once found, the coffees are carefully roasted in twenty-pound or smaller batches, then shared with the three Onyx cafés and over 150 wholesale customers in thirty states.
Clearly Onyx Coffee Lab knows what they're doing: not only were they named Imbibe Magazine's 2016 Coffee Bar of the year, this northwest Arkansas matrix of coffee know-how routinely cleans house at the U.S. Coffee Championships; Andrea Allen placed second in the Barista Championship in 2017, 2018, and 2019 while Dylan Siemans won first in Brewer's Cup 2017 and 4th in the Barista category, 2019. Roaster Mark Michaelson took place first in the Roaster Championship, 2017 and 3rd in 2018. Already in 2019, Onyx has garnered a Good Food Award, was chosen by Architectural Digest as Arkansas' most beautiful coffee shop, and placed in 4 of the 5 categories at the U.S. Coffee Championships.
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