|Roaster Location:||Driftless, Wisconsin|
|Coffee Origin:||Shakiso District, Guji Zone, southern Ethiopia|
|Est. Price:||$18.00/12 ounces|
|Review Date:||August 2018|
Blind Assessment: Evaluated as espresso. Delicate, lively, chocolate-toned. Dark chocolate, macadamia nut, date, cedar, honeysuckle in aroma and small cup. Crisp, velvety mouthfeel; clean, richly drying finish with notes of date and cedar. Balanced in three parts milk, with notes of dark chocolate supported by rich aromatic wood.
Notes: This coffee tied for the third-highest rating in a tasting of natural-processed single-origin espressos for Coffee Review’s August 2018 tasting report. USDA organic-certified. Southern Ethiopia coffees like this one are largely produced from traditional Ethiopian varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. Processed by “natural” or dry method, 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. Like most southern Ethiopia coffees, this coffee is produced by villagers on small, garden plots interplanted with food and other subsistence crops. Kickapoo Coffee Roasters works directly with coffee cooperatives and growers to ensure high standards for quality, sustainability and farmer compensation. It 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 : A crisp, clean natural-processed espresso from Ethiopia, as richly chocolate-toned in the straight shot as it is in milk.
This review originally appeared in the August, 2018 tasting report: Natural-Process Espressos: Fruit and Chocolate Exalted