If we could think of one coffee brand we’d want to sit next to at the cafeteria in high school, it’s Onyx Coffee Lab. From their full transparency on green coffee sourcing to edgy branding to a passionate team, they’re the first we wanted to call up for our first ever coffee partnership.
We’ve worked on brew classes, coffee mixology parties, and educational videos with Onyx, but it’s truly an honor get a small peek into Onyx’s coffee sourcing and roasting mastery with this Fellow x Onyx Coffee collaboration.
We’re handing this limited batch of washed Ethiopia Nano Genji out at the Specialty Coffee Expo in Boston April 11th – 14th. You’ll also be able to win it at our booth claw machine. Not going to Expo? We may bring some back with us to the Playground if you come into our 820 Valencia store and request.
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Illustrated by Todd Purse, the in-house artist and wholesale manager for Brandywine Coffee Roasters. Todd specializes in hand-drawn illustrations visualizing the story behind unique coffees. Our partnership story began with a claw machine at the Specialty Coffee Association Expo. Well, actually we almost made it a cash grab booth but figured that might get out of hand. Working off our coffee claw machine that offers the best brewing gear at SCA, we knew we also wanted to offer the best coffee as a prize. Enter Onyx Coffee Lab. Todd magically squeezed all our gear, coffee, and the infamous Bear from Onyx into one magical claw machine scene to accurately depict our loving, and somewhat crazy, partnership with Onyx.
About The Coffee
Ethiopia Nano Genji
Western Ethiopia produces some amazing coffees, and historically the Nano Challa mill has produced some of the earliest and sweetest washed lots from this region. The fame of Nano Challa has grown membership past capacity of a single mill, and this year a new mill was completed and Nano Genji was born. Six hundred and thirty members are now split between the two mills, allowing for more growth and many more years of quality. This is the first year that Nano Genji has been offered, and it fits into the profile of Western Ethiopia perfectly.
This coffee is fully washed, and raised-bed dried. Much care has been placed on the picking, processing, and roasting of this coffee, which is evident upon first sip.
This delicious coffee has taste notes of candied apples, Assam tea, and a lingering lime zest. We also detect some fresh waffle cone in there.
“It was some years ago that we, Jon and Andrea, began to dream of serving a sweet, black cup of coffee to our customers in Arkansas. This coffee, the mythical bridge between the blended chocolate drink and a strong black cup, needed to combine the delicate flavors only present when coffee is grown and processed with love and care. Roasted to enhance but not mask flavor, and brewed to highlight those flavors, with the kind of customer service that meets people where they are – a solid, kind approach built on a desire to please them not only in the exchange at the counter, but with the drink they sip over meetings, laptops, and books.
Out of this dream is how Onyx Coffee Lab was born in October of 2012. Back then, we were struggling to get access to the kind of green coffee samples we were interested in. When no one knows who you are, no one wants to take a chance on you. We came out blazing with siphons, Kyoto cold brew towers, and weekly cuppings and classes, anything we could do to get customers asking why. Today we consist of a roasting facility, three stores with another on the way, 59 baristas, two roasters, a delivery guy, a warehouse grandpa, and a toddler.”
Blue Bottle Coffee x Fellow
Like two coffee-fueled ships passing in the night, Blue Bottle Coffee and Fellow would quickly whisper collaboration ideas to each other at run-ins over the years. But nothing ever took, and off we sailed on our separate pour-over adventures. Thankfully, the long wait for the perfect project was well worth it.
Meet the Blue Bottle Coffee x Fellow Stagg Mini Pour-Over Kettle, enveloped in a creamy fog grey contrasted with a bright maple handle and lid pull. The collaborative design process pushed form and function forward through careful attention to detail and minimalist inspiration, all while keeping the technical needs of the world’s best baristas top of mind. We also landed on a single-serving capacity to place importance on slowing down for the coffee brewing ritual, sacred to many.
As Blue Bottle’s founder James Freeman puts it: “I like pour-over coffee for one simple reason: It tastes better than any other method. And besides, everything else is, at the end of the day, still a machine.”
A petite size doesn’t mean puny pours. In fact, the 600 milliliter capacity and featherlight feel leads to a more intuitive, controlled pour. The volume is perfect for a single-serving brew, but it’s just as functional for baristas who are working at volume.
With a fluted tip and a built-in flow restrictor, the Stagg Mini’s spout was engineered for the optimal pour-over flow rate. The careful control and to-the-drop precision also allows you to easily master the pulse pour method, a delicate fine-tuned technique popular in Japan.
In a creamy fog grey contrasted with a premium oil-rubbed maple handle and lid pull, Stagg has never looked better. The limited-edition color combination, exclusively for Blue Bottle Coffee, elevates your kettle to the centerpiece of the kitchen.
In the early 2000s in Oakland, California, James Freeman, a slightly disaffected freelance musician and coffee lunatic, decided to open a roaster for people who were clamoring for the actual taste of fresh coffee. Using a minuscule six-pound batch roaster, he made a historic vow: “I will only sell coffee less than 48 hours out of the roaster to my guests, so they may enjoy coffee at peak flavor. I will only use the finest, most delicious, and responsibly sourced beans.”
He named his business Blue Bottle Coffee and began another chapter in the history of superlative coffee. Now, more than fifteen years later, and thanks to the enthusiastic support of many loyal guests, Blue Bottle Coffee has grown to a network of cafes across the U.S. and in Japan. They are still united by the simple purpose of getting great coffee to everyone who asks for it.
Photography courtesy of Blue Bottle Coffee
Fire Road x Fellow
Beautifully functional has been the foundation of Fellow’s design principles since the beginning. Every element of a design equally pushes forward both functionality and aesthetics. We’ve launched Fellow Partnerships to celebrate brands who share in this same approach when making and creating. For our first collaboration, we’ve partnered with design brand Fire Road helmed by designer Andrew Perkins.
Everyday objects meet high-design for a collection centered around the art of entertaining for the Fire Road x Fellow Collection. Made in San Francisco and built with care and precision, Carrara marble contrasted with powder coated aluminum in Fellow’s signature matte black fuse together for a timeless yet modern serving set.
Fire Road Serving Tray
The perfect backdrop for serving coffee or unwinding with a nightcap. The metal handles make for comfortable lifting while the sealed Carrara marble is easy to wipe clean. Ideal for mixed drinks, a breakfast spread, Joey mugs, or cheese and crackers.
Fire Road Bar Tray
Built for both daily use and entertaining, this tray is good for any purpose. Not too small, not too large, the Fire Road Bar Tray can be used for serving espresso, organizing bar accessories, or keeping your bits and bobs tidy. The keyhole detail on each corner adds a delicate but distinct design flare.
Fire Road Bottle Opener
Honest materials and modern design coalesce to create a uniquely satisfying way to open a beverage. The Carrara marble and powder coated aluminum both feel incredible in your hands and look elegant on your countertop. Inspired by the classic dovetail joint, this bottle opener is the perfect modern gift that functions beautifully and is 100% made in the USA.
Founded in San Francisco, CA in 2015, Fire Road is a design brand focused on creating iconic home goods with unique material combinations, minimalist design, and excellent function. Our products are made in the USA, combining advanced production with superior craftsmanship to create innovative and inviting accessories for the home. We value permanence, quality, and sustainability in everything we do.
Industrial designer Andrew Perkins created Fire Road as a platform to bring timeless, functional, and sustainable objects to production. With a background in modern furniture and lighting design, Andrew brings a minimalist design aesthetic, a tactile sense for materials, and extensive production experience to each endeavor.