Kickapoo Coffee

Featured in February 2014 Box

This elegant Congolese offering from Wisconsin’s Kickapoo Coffee has an inspiring backstory that highlights the power of joining forces to overcome adversity. Political and social turmoil have historically prevented coffee producers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from receiving fair prices for their crops. Many farmers had to risk their lives to smuggle their coffee across the Rwandan border, hanging their hopes on the possibility of receiving a better price there. In 2000, a small group of farmers in the South Lake Kivu region of Eastern Congo resolved to find a sustainable solution to this problem. They laid the groundwork for the Sopacdi cooperative society, which today boasts nearly 6,000 farmer members and is helping the DRC join the ranks as a world-class coffee origin. With support from a number of foreign importers, the Sopacdi coop was able to build the Tsheya washing station in the town of Minova, where this month’s selection was processed. This particular lot is special not only for its unique origin but also because it comes exclusively from female producers, who receive a premium for delivering their beans to the Sopacdi coop’s washing station. We’re happy to stand behind any initiative that helps level the playing field for female producers - it’s just an added bonus that this coffee happens to be so delicious! We’ve featured Kickapoo a handful of times before, but we’re especially proud to work with them this month to offer you such a memorable selection.

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We feature truly small-batch, seasonal coffees. So there might not be any left. But that's a good thing! Only big corporate factories have the same stuff all year round.

  • Roaster

    Kickapoo Coffee
    Viroqua Wisconsin
  • Producer

    Sopacdi Cooperative
  • Origin

    South Lake Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Varieties

    Bourbon
  • Elevation

    1,500-2,000 meters above sea level
  • Process

    Washed
  • Our Notes

    Dense and jammy, with cherry and red grape acidity settling into lavors of raisins, cloves and molasses, and a dry finish reminiscent of toasted walnuts.

Featured in September 2013 Box

Kickapoo Coffee Roasters embodies just what a modern micro-roaster can be. Their process is a unique blend of old and new, traditional meets state of the art technology. Take for instance, their tricked out 1930's era roaster, where handmade Amish belts whirr alongside infrared lasers monitoring the roast with mathematical precision. When this high tech approach meets old school care, Kickapoo's artisan sensibility can thrive under the possibilities of modern technology. This exquisite brew from the Kirinyaga Cooperative in Kenya is a perfect example - hand-picked, hand-sorted beans, roasted with present-day precision. The result shows all the subtlety and depth this crop has to offer –a truly modern classic.

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We feature truly small-batch, seasonal coffees. So there might not be any left. But that's a good thing! Only big corporate factories have the same stuff all year round.

  • Roaster

    Kickapoo Coffee
    Viroqua Wisconsin
  • Producer

    Kibirigwi Cooperative
  • Origin

    Thunguri, Kirinyaga, Kenya
  • Varieties

    SL-28, SL-34
  • Elevation

    1,600-1,750 meters above sea level
  • Process

    Washed
  • Our Notes

    White grape aromas open into vibrant blackcurrant and tangerine acidity and a soft brown sugar sweetness. A silky mouthfeel gives way to a crisp, dry finish reminiscent of black tea.

Featured in August 2012 Box

In an old train depot along Wisconsin’s Kickapoo River, an enormous 1930’s roasting machine whirs. The only known surviving machine of its size and type, the German machine turns out 30 kilos of elegantly roasted coffee at a time. This is how a small company like Kickapoo Coffee creates beans with a huge reputation. In this month’s box, the award-winning roaster gives us a rich and exotic take on a coffee farmed by the Tairora Smallholders in Papua New Guinea. This lush brew bursts with tropical flavors: sweet mango acidity, a creamy coconut milk body, with tarragon and cardamom notes carrying through into the finish.

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We feature truly small-batch, seasonal coffees. So there might not be any left. But that's a good thing! Only big corporate factories have the same stuff all year round.

  • Roaster

    Kickapoo Coffee
    Viroqua Wisconsin
  • Producer

    Tairora Smallholders
  • Origin

    Western Highlands, Papua New Guinea
  • Varieties

    Typica, Bourbon, Caturra, Arusha
  • Elevation

    1,400 - 2,000 meters above sea level
  • Process

    Dry Fermented, Washed
  • Our Notes

    A lush coffee bursting with tropical flavors: sweet mango acidity, a creamy coconut milk body, with tarragon and cardamom notes carrying through into the finish.

Featured in February 2012 Box

Wisconsin may be thousands of miles away from Kenya, but that hasn’t stopped Kickapoo coffee roasters from forging a long-distance friendship with the Kaliluni Cooperative. The former is a family business that values connection to the land and strong communities. The latter is comprised of 1,104 farmers producing high quality beans. The partnership ensures that these small-scale producers are recognized for their work. The flavor of this coffee is particularly complex, with grapefruit acidity leading into black currants and oolong tea. But it doesn’t end there – notes of brown sugar and bing cherries linger on your tastebuds long after.

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We feature truly small-batch, seasonal coffees. So there might not be any left. But that's a good thing! Only big corporate factories have the same stuff all year round.

  • Roaster

    Kickapoo Coffee
    Viroqua Wisconsin
  • Producer

    Kaliluni Cooperative
  • Origin

    Machakos, Kathiani, Kenya
  • Varieties

    SL-28, SL-34, Ruiru 11
  • Elevation

    1,860 to 2,130 meters above sea level
  • Process

    Dry fermented, washed and dried on a raised bed
  • Our Notes

    Striking grapefruit acidity and delicate floral aromas lead into flavors of black currants and oolong tea. Lingering notes of brown sugar and bing cherries round out this wonderfully complex, dynamic cup.