Onyx Coffee Lab opens new location and makes oat milk its standard drinks base

Onyx Coffee Lab has opened its fourth café and the brand has announced that it will use Pacific Foods’ Barista Series Oat Original Plant-Based Beverage as the standard milk base for all drinks.

While customers can still order dairy-based milk drinks at the new Onyx Coffee Lab, Onyx will add an upcharge “carbon tax”, an intentional spin on the common dairy-free “tax” practiced in most US coffee shops.

“As roasters and baristas, we’re constantly exploring fresh ways to enhance our beverages, and without fail, the Pacific Oat Beverage heats, froths and flows to perfection – arguably better than traditional dairy milk,” said Jon Allen, Onyx Coffee Lab co-owner and coffee buyer.

“When you add in their passion for quality ingredients and sustaining the environment, teaming up with Pacific Foods felt like the right match for our mission.”

Onyx’s new café is located inside the east side of a brand-new contemporary art space called the Momentary, in Northwest Arkansas. Perhaps ironically, the building was formerly a decommissioned cheese factory, but is now a space hosting visual, performing and culinary arts.

Nathanael May, customer marketing manager for specialty coffee at Pacific Foods Barista Series, commented: “Onyx Coffee Lab is known for their extraordinary pairing of quality and innovation – and using our Oat as the main beverage option exemplifies that.

“The emphasis on plant-based beverages and the unique service possibilities with a mechanized to-go option is exciting, and we’re thrilled to be part of it. Onyx, like Pacific, is never satisfied with good enough. They’re always pushing the industry forward.”

The new Onyx Coffee Lab has capacity for 30 patrons with indoor seating, for 18 behind the barista bar and outdoor patio seating for 12.

As of February 22, the café is open on Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am to 7pm, and Thursdays through Saturdays from 10am to 10pm. The café is closed on Mondays.

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