Kilenso Ethiopian from Slate Coffee Roasters is a Fruity Explosion

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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 while they lasted, I enjoyed grinding these Kilenso Ethiopian coffee beans.

Slate Coffee Kilenso ethiopian

Not only did the ground beans smell great, but so did the brewed coffee.

Slate Coffee Roasters out did themselves with these beans. Often, much of the aroma is lost when the coffee is brewed.

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

For me, the coffee tastes best when the Kilenso Ethiopian beans are ground at the fourth setting of my Porlex grinder.

Using a 16:1 ratio in my Hario V60 dripper the coffee has the aroma of fresh strawberries.

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 evenly to a light cinnamon brown.

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

What Slate Says About Their Kilenso Ethiopian

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

As mentioned, the strawberry aroma is kick-ass.

I didn’t notice any blueberry notes, though, besides the strawberry, the aroma and taste are fruity.

The coffee does have a sweet finish and aftertaste.  That's why I like this coffee so much!

I’m not sure about the reported angel food cake or even the cocoa flavor notes, but even so, this is an excellent coffee.

The light mouthfeel and slightly acidic nature of this 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 who grows and processes the 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 coffee

Summary of 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 Press 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 worthwhile purchase.


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