Kickapoo Coffee Roasters

Organic Ethiopia Kirite

Location: Driftless, Wisconsin

Origin: Hambela District, Guji Zone, Oromia Region, southern Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Review Date: November 2017

Agtron: 58/81

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

High-toned, crisply sweet. Lemon blossom, apricot, frankincense, spearmint, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Balanced, complete sweet-savory structure; satiny, full mouthfeel. Sweet spearmint notes carry the cocoa-toned finish, with hints of lemon blossom and apricot.


This coffee tied for the second-highest rating in a tasting of 71 organic-certified coffees from Africa for Coffee Review’s November 2017 tasting report. Produced by the METAD farm and mill in southern Ethiopia. Southern Ethiopia produces distinctive coffees from traditional varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. Coffees like this one processed by the wet or washed method (fruit skin and pulp is removed before drying) typically express great aromatic complexity and intensity with a particular emphasis on citrus and floral notes. Ceritifed USDA organic. Since 2005, Kickapoo Coffee Roasters has worked to forge lasting, equitable partnerships with small-scale farmers. Kickapoo 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: An inviting wet-processed Ethiopia cup. Invokes a walk through a citrus orchard in spring, with a bonus of sweet herb and cocoa tones.

This review originally appeared in the November, 2017 tasting report: Organic-Certified Coffees from Africa: Benefits, Challenges, Complexities

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