Review #11: Onyx Coffee Lab

November 6, 2017

Name of Roaster: Onyx Coffee Lab

Location of Roaster (City, State, Country): Springdale, AR

Name of Roast: El Salvador Finca Santa Rosa Honey

Type of Roast (Light, Medium, Dark): Light

Origin of Beans: Chalatenango, El Salvador

Price: $20.50 (price includes shipping) (12 oz)

Brewing Method (Drip, Chemex, AeroPress, etc.): Chemex

Time Between Purchase and Brewing (Ballpark is fine): Six Days

Aroma: Opening the bag, we noted graham cracker, a slight tart fruit, and warm chocolate cake. The grind revealed more apple on the nose and a syrupy brightness paired with spiced chocolate. On the pour, we caught the scents of burnt honey sweetness, rich chocolate cake, and a mild syrup.

Flavor Profile: High roof of mouth entry that falls and coats tongue front to back right down the middle. The flavor hangs in the center of the mouth between the tongue and roof. Ripe apple dominates, with more subtle, dark fruit following. The coffee has a syrupy, luxe consistency, but not in a heavy way - more like a warmed honey. Mandarin orange marmalade aromatics were initially noted on the finish. Light acidity follows, with floral aromatics.

Overall Impression (What did you think of it? Anything else we should know?): This coffee provided a very enjoyable, balanced cup with pleasurable fruit notes (think apple, not berry) that we would highly recommend, especially during autumn. Notably, Onyx contacted us and provided this coffee for our review. We sincerely appreciate their outreach in providing us with the opportunity to showcase a great coffee from a quality small batch roaster, as one of the purposes of our reviews is to spread awareness of top notch roasters and coffees in various locales. Our rating and review of this coffee remain independent and unaffected by our interactions. 

Final Score (1-10, with 10 being the best cup of coffee in your life): 8.1.

Where to Buy: Onyx Coffee Lab

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