A product company, a roaster, and an astrophotographer walk into an Icelandic bar...



Okay, it was more of a see-through dome than a “bar” but the punchline is the same. We found a coffee so good we booked a flight to Iceland to brew it and designed a custom Carter in its honor. Huddled for warmth with legendary roaster Onyx Coffee Lab and professional astrophotographer Jack Fusco, we trekked the Icelandic terrain and chased the aurora borealis for our coolest collaboration yet. Literally.




Introducing Northern Lights—a limited edition coffee and Carter combo premiering on Fellow Drops before anywhere else. Available via text on March 29, you must be on our contact list to get the chance to act. First come, first serve. Don’t be left out in the cold.



 


Illustrated map of Iceland

Jack Fusco

Astrophotographer? Yeah, that’s Jack. What began as a way purely to document his travels as a touring musician, photography has become his main form of creative expression as professional landscape astrophotographer. His work has been featured by National Geographic, TEDx, LA Times, NASA APOD, BBC, Forbes and many more.

On his often-sleepless journey, he strives to share the wonder of the night sky with as many people as possible. Whether chasing the Milky Way along coast lines or capturing the Northern lights in unforgiving remote locations you’re sure to find him coffee in hand, smiling up at the stars.


Onyx.Coffee Lab

Based out of Arkansas, Onyx's accolades in the coffee world outnumber the character limit of this field. For this world premiere, Onyx sourced a celestial coffee that will have you seeing stars. Producer Niguse Gemeda Mude exclusively focuses on natural process coffees and won Ethiopia’s Cup of Excellence in 2020. The low temperatures and high elevation of his farm in the Sidama region allow for an elongated drying time, bringing out more delicate florals and a tarter acidity than your typical natural process.

Origin: Sidama, Ethiopia
Process: Natural
Varietal: Ethiopian Heirloom
Elevation: 1,900 MASL
Tasting Notes: Mandarin orange, honeysuckle, melon, and fruit punch
Fellow Northern Lights Limited Edition Carter Move Mug

An open-top travel mug for enjoying the open skies. This limited edition 16 oz Carter Move Mug + 360° Sip Lid is custom-printed with artwork inspired by the astrophotography of Jack Fusco. Featuring ceramic coating, a slim width for easy gripping, and an open-top lid you can sip from any angle. It’s built for stargazing while still enjoying your coffee at its fullest.

To get this very special star-crossed drop on March 29, you must be on our Fellow Drops contact list. It’s free to join—just enter your phone number and we’ll text you at launch!

Travel Log

To test the durability and drinkability of our Carter + 360° Sip Lid, we obviously had to brew at the top of craters, the bottom of waterfalls, and the sides of geysers. Jack documented our epic brew-ventures—pics or it didn’t happen—and taught us about astrophotography along the way.

Iceland waterfall

Iceland Black Sand BeachIceland snow covered scenary

 “As much as astrophotography has become more accessible, taking video under the stars is still something that is very new. All the gear I picked out played an important part in allowing me to capture the most amount of light and detail under dark skies. For my camera bodies, I shot mostly with 2 Sony A7SIIs. This series of cameras is known for its lowlight capability. I paired them with my favorite fixed focal length lenses, the Sigma 14mm f1.8 ART, Sigma 24mm f1.4 ART, and Sigma 35mm f1.4 ART. Lenses with a fixed focal length (prime lenses) will normally have a faster aperture that allows for the most amount of light possible. Most of the lenses I used were pretty wide to capture the sweeping Icelandic landscapes and capture as much of the sky as possible.


I brought along two small Panel Pro lights from LumeCube to help shooting video both in the dome and shooting video under the Northern lights. That extra bit of light on the foreground really helps separate the subject from the rest of the scene and allows you to show detail when the available light is otherwise fairly flat. All of that was captured on PNY X-Pro memory cards. These were especially important during moments where I needed to use a faster frame rate in camera.”


Four people in Iceland scenaryElf house in Iceland, box of Onyx coffee, and Fellow Carter Move MugKerid crater in Iceland and three people jumping front of a waterfall

Man standing in front of Northern lights in Iceland

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Still thawing out, 
Fellow, Onyx, and Jack