Kickapoo Coffee Roasters
Organic Ethiopia Aramo Natural
Location: Driftless, Wisconsin
Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia
Est. Price: $17.75/12 ounces
Review Date: March 2016
Deeply aromatic and intensely sweet. Dried blueberry, pipe tobacco, lavender, sweet cocoa, a hint of whisky in aroma and cup. Juicy, quietly vibrant acidity; velvety-smooth mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around dried blueberry and lavender in the short finish; the whisky hint returns in the long.
Produced by the Aramo Cooperative and certified organic. Yirgacheffe is a coffee region in southern Ethiopia that produces distinctively floral- and fruit-toned coffees from traditional varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. This is a dry-processed or “natural” Yirgacheffe, 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” versions. Kickapoo is a Wisconsin micro-roaster devoted to organic and fair-trade principles and coffees. 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.” Visit www.kickapoocoffee.com or call 608-637-2022 for more information.
Who Should Drink It: Fruit without the funk. Those who enjoy the aromatic resonance and depth of a fruit-toned natural-processed Ethiopia with just a hint of clean, sweet ferment.
This review originally appeared in the March, 2016 tasting report: Macro-Lots 2016: Everyday Coffees, High Ratings, Good Values