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Peru Alfonzo Rafael Cordova

Rose, Fuji apple, honey.

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This coffee has everything—strong floral aromas, deep sweetness that lingers, and a compelling mix of browning sugar along with apple and stone fruit. Easy to brew, works great as an espresso or with any filter device.

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Country
Peru
Region
Cajamarca
Farm
La Primavera
Farmer
Alfonzo Rafael Cordova
Elevation
1890m
Variety
Caturra
Process
Washed Process

Meet Alfonzo Rafael Cordova

Get it while it lasts! Onyx doesn’t expect this small micro-lot to stick around too long. The perfect cupful for waving goodbye to winter and settling firmly into spring, this coffee is grown by Alfonzo Rafael Cordova. His farm, La Primavera, isn’t huge—just 3.5 hectares, but he’s doing big stuff with his coffees there.

Of the flavorful Caturra variety and entirely organic, Alfonso’s coffee is a great example of how Peruvian smallholders are transforming the definition of coffee from their region. He and his neighboring growers are serious about all aspects of producing specialty grade coffee that can compete on the world market. This lot showcases what some think may be the new taste profile for Peruvian coffees--apple/citrus acidity and clean, balanced flavor profiles.

Cajamarca, Peru

Regional description: High in the mists of the Northern Andes of Peru lies the Cajamarca region. Here the ancient Inca people ruled for centuries, and their descendants still possess gold, though not of the type which their last ruler, Atahualpa, once gave as his ransom. Coffees from here have been called “Cajamarca Gold.” The people are proud of their heritage and of their coffee, and work very hard to produce specialty quality beans.

Many towns in the Cajamarca region can be accessed only by gravel roads, which rains can render impassable. Electricity is not a given, nor is a telephone system readily available or reliable. Schooling and medical service, too, lags behind, but as coffee producers work with each other and their cooperatives, they are making improvements to their lives and communities.

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Location
Springdale, AR
Contact
Email
479-799-6552

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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