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Kilenso Ethiopian from Slate Coffee Roasters is a Fruity Explosion

Bean Box sent me this wonderful Ethiopian coffee roasted by Slate Coffee Roasters out of Seattle, Washington. From the second the bag was open, the faint aroma of strawberries waffled through the kitchen.

Every morning I enjoyed grinding up these Kilenso Ethiopian coffee beans.

Not only did the ground beans smell great, so did the brewed coffee. Slate Coffee Roasters out did themselves with these beans. Many times aroma is lost when the coffee is brewed.

Not so with the Kilenso Ethiopian, the brewed coffee smelled as good as the ground beans.




I found the best taste came when the Kilenso Ethiopian beans were ground with my Porlex grinder at the fourth setting.

Using a 16:1 ratio in my Hario V60 dripper the coffee has the faint aroma of strawberries. With a deeper breathe the aroma becomes more fruity.

The coffee has a light mouthfeel and it made my tongue tingle along the edges in a pleasant way.

At first sip, the only thoughts were to take another one. Slate’s Kilenso Ethiopian is very enjoyable and the aftertaste is wonderful, making you take another sip. From hot out of the dripper to the last cool sip this coffee doesn’t disappoint the taste buds.

Slate Coffee Roasters Kilenso Beans

Slate Coffee Roasters roasted these Ethiopian beans to a light cinnamon brown and are roasted evenly.

The fairly small beans are hard and took a grind very well. My grinder does a better job when the beans are on the hard side.

The aroma lasted until the beans were gone, in fact, the coffee tasted better after a week in the house than when the bag first arrived.

What Slate Says About Their Kilenso Ethiopian

According to the Bean Box bag and Slate’s website, the Kilenso Ethiopian is a sweet like angle food cake with notes of strawberry, blueberry, and powdered cocoa.

As mentioned, the strawberry aroma is kick-ass. I didn’t get any blueberry notes, though, besides the strawberry, the coffee is fruity in both aroma and taste.

The coffee does have a sweet finish and aftertaste too it, that is probably why I like it so much! Not sure about angel food cake or even the cocoa flavor notes, but this is an excellent coffee.

The light mouthfeel and slightly acidic nature of the Kilenso Ethiopian bring out the fruity notes, especially as the coffee cools in the cup.

Info for the Coffee Nerds

According to Slate’s website, the Kilenso Ethiopian is an heirloom coffee that is generally grouped with the other coffee commodity exchange and sold under the location name of “Ardi”.

“This coffee comes from a mill owned by Biru Bekele and is picked by farmers near Kilenso Mokonisa, a rural village in Sidama, Ethiopia.”

It’s awesome to get coffee from companies like Slate Coffee Roasters that either go directly to the growers or go to the trouble to track down where and who processes and grows their beans.

Below is some more information on Slate Coffee Roasters Kilenso Ethiopian coffee.

Bean & Roasting Info

Roast Level: Light
Producers: Many Growers but milled by Biru Bekele
Country of Origin: Ethiopia
Region: Kilenso Mokonisa
Variety: Heirloom
Processing method: Natural
Growing altitude: 6,200-ft amsl
Roaster tasting notes: strawberry, blueberry and powdered cocoa with sweetness.

slate coffee roasters kilenso ethiopian

Slate Coffee Roasters Kilenso Ethiopian

An excellent coffee that is worth the price, the long lasting aroma and flavor make you want to brew another cup. You can purchase this coffee directly from Slate Coffee Roaster’s website.

To me, the V60 dripper was the best brewer to use with this coffee. The French Pot was okay, but the flavors were covered up and muddled compared to the V60 coffee.

I recommend this coffee, it’s priced slightly high for coffee here in the northeast, but the flavors make it a good purchase.

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