Kickapoo Coffee

Kenya Gichathaini

Location: Viroqua, Wisconsin

Origin: Nyeri County, Central Highlands, Kenya.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $15.75/12 ounces

Review Date: September 2011

Agtron: 54/75

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Gently pungent in aroma and cup: cedar, grapefruit, lemon, with rounding hints of dark chocolate. Round, rich acidity; lively, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor carries deeply into a long, sweet finish.


Produced mainly from trees of the admired, Bourbon-derived SL28 and SL34 varieties. Grown by the Gikanda Cooperative and processed at the distinguished, award-winning Gichatha-Ini Factory. 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 FairTrade USA (formerly 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 kickapoocoffee.com or call (608) 637-2022 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Refreshing coffee; think the sweet, pink sort of grapefruit with deepening resonances of cedar and dark chocolate.

This review originally appeared in the September, 2011 tasting report: Still Tops: Coffees of Kenya

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