Southern Weather Blend – 12oz
Southern Weather is a popular coffee. It’s an approachable blend with rich browned sugar notes and intriguing plum. But, don’t confuse it for boring. We often find ourselves sipping on Southern Weather almost every day. Built for a batch brew, SW is pretty straightforward to dial-in. We use a Fetco batch brewer. If under-extracted, you will miss the rich milk chocolate and candied nut notes, with the addition of a salty palate. If over-extracted, the plum gets lost and the finish is no longer pleasant and sweet.
Southern Weather is sweet, comfortable, and approachable in a world of polarizing Specialty Coffee. Something anyone would like and would be easy to control during extraction. Sweet caramelized sugars, round full body, and a bright citrusy finish that leaves a clean, refreshing aftertaste. It pairs with any meal and works well with dairy and non-dairy milk. Southern Weather embodies the excellent relationships between a citric acidity, balance, and wonderful, full-bodied chocolates.
Onyx’s approach to creating blends is a bit different. Instead of choosing coffees from specific countries or regions that will, in theory, intertwine well to develop complex & cohesive flavors like most, Onyx starts from the end and works their way back. This perspective means they choose to create a particular flavor profile first – deciding which acidities, sugars, and fats they want to accentuate for the coffee. Once a flavor profile has been set, in this case, a very approachable citrus zest, milk chocolate, and candied nuts for Southern Weather. Onyx then starts cupping blind through a lot of coffees to find these specific attributes. For Southern Weather, the Colombian Onyx uses, Colombia Aponte Village, gives sweetness and has perfect caramelized sugars, which come across as chocolate and nutty notes. Unique to Colombia is that it’s the only coffee producing country with a year-round harvest due to unique microclimates found in the different regions of the country. Onyx looks to other coffees in season that exude high citric acid content and clean finishes to add citrus notes for acidity and slight bitterness for balance. Currently, that’s Guatemala La Esperanza. Lastly, Onyx adds a floral and deeper fruit forward coffee to create complexity and a juicy candy-like finish. That coffee comes currently is the Ethiopia Guji Uraga.
The purpose is that once a flavor profile is created, Onyx updates the coffees that make up Southern Weather every 2-3 months. This allows them to have a year-round blend with a flavor profile of high quality while retaining our commitment to seasonal coffees. This vigorous amount of cupping and blending takes a considerable amount of time. But it makes the difference and is a system they use for all our blends.
Feel excited that the coffee you are tasting is always in season, and therefore, it is cupping and tasting to its full potential. Onyx will never compromise their commitment to high-quality coffees and blends, whether it’s a single origin release or a blend component. You will not find Onyx buying “blender” coffees to save cost or prolong a good coffee. They also always keep blends to three coffees or less and maintain ratios in the build. This way what you extract is the flavor profile they designed.
Southern Weather has been a staple since Onyx’s inception, and we tend to think of it as our comfort coffee. Despite age, background, coffee experience or brew method, this coffee always seems to please.
FILTER – Kalita Wave
25g Coffee : 400g Water 205°F
~3:30 Drain Time
FILTER – Batch Brew (1:16 ratio)
250g Coffee : 1G brew
126g Coffee : 1/2 G brew
Target TDS: ~1.35
ESPRESSO – Modbar EP
Brew Temp: 198°F, Line Pressure: ~3.5 bars, Max Pressure: 9 bars,
Pressure Profile: T0: 4s, T1: 4s, T2: 42s, T3-6: 0s
19.0g in : ~ 40g out @ ~25 secondsw