Coava Coffee Roasters

Kilenso Ethiopia Natural

Location: Portland, Oregon

Origin: Sidama (also Sidamo) growing region, southern Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $15.00/250 grams

Review Date: August 2017

Agtron: 55/76

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Deep, layered, intricate, very sweet. Raspberry, roasted cacao nib, mango, complex flowers (jasmine, lavender, rose), myrrh, a hint of spirits—Brazilian cachaça perhaps. Richly sweet/tart in structure; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a long, bittersweet finish.


Produced by farmers of Kilenso Mokonissa village in the Borena Hagermariam District of the Sidama Zone of southern Ethiopia. Southern Ethiopia coffees like this one are produced from distinctive traditional Ethiopian varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. Like virtually all southern Ethiopia coffees, this coffee is produced by villagers on small garden plots interplanted with food and other subsistence crops. 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. Coava is a Portland-based coffee roaster that aims to provide quality coffee and education regarding the preparation of good coffee. Visit www.coavacoffee.com or call 503-894-8134 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A lush, resonant dried-in-the-fruit coffee with a brisk edge: a fruit-bomb for grown-ups.

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