|Roaster Location:||Viroqua, Wisconsin|
|Review Date:||November 2007|
Blind Assessment: Both co-cupper Miguel Meza (88) and Ken (89) agreed that this coffee was low-toned, but for Ken it displayed a quietly resonant depth whereas apparently for Miguel it was simply quiet. Miguel found chocolate and citrus in the aroma, Ken chocolate and a distinct ginger note. Miguel read "blueberry, over-ripe fruit and toast" in the crisply fruity cup, Ken dry chocolate, brandy, blueberries, apricot, flowers. Both noted a persistence of berryish fruit in an otherwise rather thinnish finish.
Notes: 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. Certified organically grown and produced by members of the huge Oromia cooperative, this coffee also is described as "100% Fair Trade" on the front of the bag. Wonderstate Coffee, formerly Kickapoo Coffee, is an award-winning roaster based in rural Wisconsin known for their commitment to guaranteeing higher pay for farmers and being the country’s first 100% solar powered roastery. Visit https://wonderstate.com/ for more information.
Who Should Drink It: Those who value quiet comfort and a certified organic cup.
This review originally appeared in the November, 2007 tasting report: Berries, Wine and Chocolate (Some of the Time): Dry-Processed Coffees of Ethiopia and Yemen