Coffee Review - Organic Ethiopia by Kickapoo Coffee
  • Kickapoo Coffee

    Viroqua, Wisconsin
  • Organic Ethiopia Worka Coop Natural Process

Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: October 2011
Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia. Price: $13.25/12 ounces

Blind Assessment: Deeply and dramatically complex aroma and flavor: Pineapple- and berry-like fruit, milk chocolate, hints of brandy and mint. Richly bright acidity; very smooth, silky/syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is saturated with flavor, particularly with the minty brandy notes. Turns savory as the cup cools, perhaps a bit bitter; otherwise this would be a 94-rated coffee.

Notes: Certified organically grown. Worka is one of twenty-two primary cooperatives located in the Gedeo Zone of Southern Ethiopia that fall under the umbrella of the Yirgacheffe Farmers Union. This is a dry-processed or "natural" coffee, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or "washed" coffees. Although the words "Fair Trade" appear on the label of the attractive 12-ounce valve-topped can, judging by the absence of trademarked seal this coffee may not be certified Fair Trade by TransFair USA, the sole American certifier for the Fair Trade Labeling Organizations International (FLO). However, Kickapoo is affiliated with the Fair Trade Federation, a membership (rather than certifying) organization devoted to "providing fair wages and good employment opportunities to economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers worldwide." Kickapoo Coffee is a Wisconsin micro-roaster devoted to organic and fair-trade principles and coffees. Visit or call 608-637-2022 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who want difference and drama in their cup.


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