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Onyx Coffee - El Salvador Santa Rosa

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This deeply sweet washed coffee from the northern Chalatenango Mountains is one of our favorite annual offerings. Finca Santa Rosa is owned by our good friend, Jorge Rivera, whom we have been working with for six years. Date and rose are the most forward notes in the cup & starts the journey of this complex flavor profile.

Story of this Coffee

Season after season, the coffees Onyx purchases from Jorge Raul Rivera tend to be some of our top lots of the year. Raul has razor-sharp attention to detail, which is what it takes to produce award-winning coffees so consistently. That focus extends far beyond just processing and drying.

Each season, Onyx cups offerings from Santa Rosa that are separated down ‘day lots.’ They cup through these individual pickings to build a profile that we believe best reflects the terroir and processing of Santa Rosa. Usually, this selection is done at the cupping lab in El Salvador, but due to the pandemic, all this cupping was done over several shipments and within each person's home.

Each season has its unique challenges, and it has been this way since we began to work with Jorge Raul Rivera. The one thing that has been consistent since the Onyx team first met him at a Roasters Guild retreat nearly six years ago is Jorge’s willingness to work extremely hard with the highest level of hospitality. From their first visit to Santa Rosa where he showed them around his favorite spots in El Salvador, to this season when Onyx could only communicate via WhatsApp, his attention to detail and penchant for quality is what shines the brightest.

The washed process begins with coffee cherries delivered to the washing station, both from the primary market or from farmers bringing their coffee directly to the mill. The cherries are inspected, and an initial quick round of hand-sorting separates the defective coffees before placing them into the hopper. They are then funneled to the penagos pulper, which removes the fruit from the seeds. After that phase is done, the coffee is fermented underwater for approximately 24 hours. This phase of fermentation is crucial, as the yeast and microbes are breaking down the sticky mucilage layer found on the outside of the seed following depulp. Once the 24-hour fermentation is complete, the parchment is emptied into the washing channels, where it is agitated with rakes. During this step, the water is refreshed to ensure proper agitation and washing is taking place. Once the washing is complete, the coffee is taken to the raised drying tables for sun drying.

  • 10oz
  • Origin: Pacamara
  • Process: Washed, Raised Bed Dried
    • Elevation: 1800 Meters
    • Cup: Rose, Sugar Cane, Date, Black Tea
    • Please note that the coffee box color may differ than what is shown in the image. Onyx frequently changes the color of their boxes, and since we order fresh from them, we do not know which box colors they will use for our new shipments

    “Never Settle for Good Enough” is a mantra that resonated with Onyx years ago before they knew it would be their guiding star in everything they pursued. 

    Today this mantra is lived out by starting with traveling to find the absolute best coffees. This plays out across different countries, continents, and terrains. Onyx maintains  high standards for how their coffees score and taste. When the coffees land at their HQ, they roast and cup and make minute adjustments to the roast profiles until they make the coffees shine in the cup.

    The coffee that Onyx roasts and ships every weekday utilizing solar energy from the roof of their facility. A sample is taken from each roast and cupped for quality, to track the characteristics of their coffees, and to give feedback on roast profiles. This ensures that every coffee that goes out not only meets their standards but is truly remarkable. This data is even available to view on their website. 

    Each coffee Onyx offers is accompanied by its pricing and trade data, meaning you can see what Onyx paid for it, what it scored at, who they bought it from, and other details right on its product page on their website. This is not only something Onyx is very proud of but is also a practice that is rare to see in coffee. Onyx wants you to see exactly how this coffee came to be one of their offerings. Their producing partners innovate and work hard to grow some of the most amazing coffees, and Onyx wants their names to be listed and recognized.

    Whether you’re a coffee professional or you’re just getting started, you can trust that excellence and hospitality run through the core of every part of Onyx's business.