Kickapoo Coffee

Organic Brazil Diamantina

Location: Viroqua, Wisconsin

Origin: Chapada Diamantina growing region, Bahia State, Brazil.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $12.75/12 ounces

Review Date: April 2012

Agtron: 54/68

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 8

Body: 7

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Intense, gently but sweetly tart. Lemony peach, almond, fresh-cut fir, brown sugar in aroma and cup. Delicate, lively acidity; leanish but silky mouthfeel. Long, almost sugary sweet short finish, drying in the long.


Produced by Cooperbio Cooperative from trees of the heirloom Bourbon and respected Catuai varieties of Arabica. Processed by the wet or “washed” method in which the skin and fruit pulp are completely removed from the seeds or beans before they are dried. Certified organically grown and biodynamically grown. 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: A lightish roast and clean wet processing encourages a fresh, molasses-like sweetness and gently lively acidity.

This review originally appeared in the April, 2012 tasting report: Coffees of Brazil

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