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Kickapoo Coffee Roasters

Ethiopia Charbanta Natural

Location: Driftless, Wisconsin

Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Review Date: December 2016

Agtron: 60/80

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Delicately lush, deeply sweet. Blueberry, bergamot, wisteria, chocolate fudge, a hint of whisky in aroma and cup. Bright, lively acidity; syrupy but buoyant mouthfeel. The resonant, flavor-saturated finish carries through on all the promises of the cup, including the suggestion of highlands Scotch whisky, a discreet touch of elegant, fruit-toned sweet ferment.

Notes:

This exceptional coffee was selected as the No. 10 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2016. Produced by the Charbanta Cooperative, a new organization previously associated with the Idido Cooperative. 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. Since 2005, Kickapoo Coffee Roasters has worked to forge lasting, equitable partnerships with small-scale farmers. They work directly with coffee cooperatives and growers to ensure high standards for quality, sustainability and farmer compensation. Kickapoo Coffee is one of the first on-site, solar-powered roasteries in the world. Visit kickapoocoffee.com or call (608) 637-2022 for more information.

The Bottom Line: An exciting natural Yirgacheffe cup, both classic in brightly sweet structure and exotic in lush, complex detail.