What Goes Into a Cup of ONNIT Coffee?
There’s more to coffee than just the bean. The land on which it is grown as well as the people who invest their time, money and effort in growing and taking care of it all play a huge part in bringing to life a cup of great coffee. Onnit recognizes this so in its commitment to offer high quality products including coffee, it has gone to different regions of the world to look for the best light and dark roast coffee to add to their premium product line.
Onnit’s search ended in Antigua Guatemala, which provides the ideal geographical and environmental conditions for growing the best Arabica beans needed for to produce world-class dark roast coffee.
Among the many different types of coffee, Arabica and Robusta are the two most common varieties. Robusta is relatively easier to grow than Arabica beans but has stronger taste and higher caffeine content. Arabica beans, on the other hand, have mild taste and lower caffeine content, and require a lot more tender loving care than Robusta does since Arabica trees are highly sensitive to changing environmental conditions. As such, it is crucial for Arabica growers to have the proper knowledge, skill, and care for growing them.
So, what do ideal geographical and environmental conditions mean when we talk about growing the best Arabica coffee bean not just in town but in the world? First is the land’s elevation level. The coffee beans used in Onnit’s dark roast Arabica are harvested from trees planted on volcanic soil with a 1400-meter elevation. The timing and amount of rainfall at such high elevation is also a major factor in producing premium coffee beans. Antigua coffee growers also apply the traditional shade growing practice that has been tested and proven “green” method of growing coffee for hundreds of years now.
After harvesting the beans and before drying them under the sun, they’re washed with pure water from a spring at the Finca San Miguel Urias farm, where the beans are also grown. The beans are then shipped to Texas where they’re manually craft-roasted at the Kuxtal Coffee and Tea.
There are only thirty four ACAP-certified coffee farms in Antigua, Guatemala and the Finca San Miguel Urias is one of them. ACAP stands for Antigua coffee producers association and one of the requirements for securing certification from it is that the subject farm should be located within specific geographical limits or parameters of Antigua.
Another premium coffee from Onnit is the Colombian Amber, which is a Single Estate Light hand-roasted coffee with mild acidity, medium body, and sweet caramel taste that coffee lovers with sweet tooth would surely love. It also comes with hints of citrus flavor and the beans don’t just come from a single source but are single estate.
The great thing about the Onnit Coffee is the beans are grown and harvested using sustainable farming practices that not only produce premium coffee beans but also respect the environment.