This is the Ethiopia Kilenso brought to you by Coava Coffee Roasters. Kilenso Mokonissa is one of the smallest villages in the Borena Hagermariam District of Sidama, Ethiopia. In the past the coffees coming from Kilenso would have been blended into larger lots and sold under the area’s catch all name “Ardi.” Grown between 1,750 - 1,900 meters, notes of lavender and grape jam balance this naturally processed coffee.
I'm familiar with this farm so I was excited to have this set by another roaster.
There is a great plum flavor in the middle of this cup of coffee and its first sip is almost reminiscent of a jolly rancher hard candy, with a huge burst of over-the top fruit notes. more acidity than I remember with the last Kilenso I had from SLATE roasters. the citrus fruit notes are strong, and the finish on the coffee was very light and floral.
Sadly the beans arrived while I was out of town so I did not get into this until nearly 2 weeks after it was roasted, which may have been a factor in it not meeting my full expectations. or maybe not?!
Best of the best. Incredible aroma of blueberries and lavender. Roast level is perfect for this bean. I especially appreciate that this is a 12 oz bag since Coava normally sells in 250 g bags.
Big body, really clean finish, super juicy and syrupy.
Delicious. Sweet and fruity. A really really solid natural.
I don't think it's too extreme to say that this is some of the best coffee I've ever had in my life. And Coava is one of the best roasters in the country.
maybe the best cup of coffee ive had in my life. truly smells and tastes like a grape jam with some chocolate. unbelievable taste profile.
Over the two years of every two week deliveries, this may be the best coffee we have received yet! There was almost no playing around with brew methods, as we had it dialed in right from the start. No matter which method we brewed, whether it was Chemex, Aeropress or French Press, each cup was delicious.
Right off the bat, we get berry acidity with a delicious grape flavor. As it cools, the fruits continue coming through wonderfully, but a subtle notes of vanilla and lavender can be detected.
One recommendation for anyone reading this... if possible, brew it on the Chemex as the clean cup brings out the flavors the best.
Yummy fruit forward cup with a solid back of chocolate. But not quite a 5 star
One of my favorite ever!
Very well balanced coffee, no particular flavor note jumped out and dominated. Lavender was perhaps a bit more pronounced closer to the roast date but an overall sweetness dominated as the coffee aged. Complex.
Maybe I got a bad roast, but this coffee was not good. Upon brewing it gives off a musty smell, almost like boiled cabbage. The taste is a medium roast with almost no appealing flavor notes. It's drinkable, but would never buy it.
Crazy floral and to me, very unique. Kind of made me think of something like a coffee stout beer or similar – not in flavor per se, but in that the flavor is so intense that I enjoyed it best having only one cup in a day. Really nice coffee!
1.33%, 20.4% on kalita wave 155. classic lavender and honey. lovely.
Very unique and fresh feeling coffee. The beans smelled kind of musty so my first impression was doubtful but when it's brewed it makes good mild coffee. I made iced latte with this and I really liked it.
This has the most smooth taste. Would love to have more like this one.
Very nutty with a slight hint of stone fruit and maple jam - very good
Sweet and floral, with moderate acidity. Good as a straight shot, but better as a cappuccino, to mute the acidity and bring out the sweetness and floral aroma. The bag I received was roasted for drip, but I used it for espresso.
It's great. Espresso and pour over.
I was expecting this coffee to be a bit more "fruity" and wild. However, it was actually pretty tame... in a good way.
I think it may have been that the coffee beans were just a SMIDGE roasted more than what I'm used to. Not in a bad way, but in a way that, I think, neutralized the coffee flavor and made the fruity/juicy notes less intense?
All around, though, I think this cup was very balanced for my taste. I really enjoyed it. Of the coffees I've tried, this is one that I could see myself using as some sort of staple coffee that stays consistent.
Sidenote: I used both the v60 and Kalita for this. With he Kalita, I used continuous AND pulse pour. The continuous pour seemed to yield the tastiest coffee. I set both on a 3.5/9 grind on my Hanground Coffee Grinder.
I love Natural processed coffees, however no matter what tweaks I made in my brewing techniques, I couldn't draw more out of the coffee. The initial note of light berries was awesome! But there was nothing to follow it. I love Coava and Ethiopias. Felt like there could be more, but overall i did enjoy it
This coffee surprised me; it was not like any other natural that I've had before. Instead of being juicy and very fruity, I found this to be mellow and delicate. While I generally prefer my naturals to be fruit bombs, this one was still tasty and I enjoyed it as a first-thing-in-the-morning coffee
This the best one we've had so far! Super tasty, light yet flavorful, not too toasty. Love the subtleness of the coffee!
was hoping for more fruit/citrus but was good.
Nice florals and body not as fruit forward as I would have hoped
I loved this coffee! A great example of a naturally processed coffee.
A nice floral/fruity cup balanced with just enough roasty coco/caramel finish. Well done!
Your typical natural Ethiopian coffee. Not to say that's bad, this was a good coffee. I brewed it on the v60 a few times before I used the rest of the bag to make cold brew which turned out really nice. The cold brew had a tea like body with fruity flavor notes
I got a new grinder recently and it took a few tries to figure out how to properly adjust the grind. I think I finally have it this morning... this coffee is a lot more fruit-forward than I'm used to, but I really like that it's something different. When I buy beans at home, I pay a lot of attention to roast dates and will often throw beans away early when they don't bloom at all after sometime. This one hasn't been blooming from the beginning from the beginning. I know the roast date was December 6 which is great given that it takes a while to get here. My point: given the choice between two different profiles roasted on different days, I would often choose the one roasted most recently. Just as a means of helping with choosing! Back to the coffee. I'm surprised at how much I like this one since it's different for me. This almost tastes refreshing whereas coffees with chocolate, nutty and caramel notes are richer. I love it!
I really enjoyed it. I should probably try it without a cold to get a better feel. I felt that it was a bit more roasted than the last bag I got.
I really liked this coffee! It had a burnt flavor once or twice though, but I think that was just user error with the brewing method. I enjoyed the fruity flavors and the lighter color. I don't think I can compare it to the previous coffee that I was sent, because I don't really remember. As I'm learning how to utilize brew methods that work for me, I'm trying to become better at analyzing the flavor profiles of the coffee. I think I'll have a better idea of what to look for in coffee after attending a cupping class or two- ha!
This coffee was great! I had just got my new espresso machine and grinder so being able to dial in the coffee was fun. I was getting great notes of fruit and a nice sweet finish.
"A poor workman complains about his tools", but I just couldn't get a good cup out of this. After half a dozen different brew methods I'm just not feeling it. There's a taste I can't place, almost alcohol-y.
A beautify fruit complexity that soothes the tastebuds
The quality is outstanding but the grape / raisin aftertaste isn't for me. Otherwise it would be 5 stars,
I love this! It is definitely the best coffee I've received thus far. It is not bitter at all and has a good amount of acidity. The coffee has a juicy feel and the notes of blueberry and grape jam absolutely come out! This is an awesome Ethiopian coffee.So far, I have only brewed it with a single cup pour-over method, but I look forward to trying it on Aero Press and Chemex! Can't wait for my next coffee!
Wonderful coffee! Always a fan of Ethiopian!
Coava's Kilenso is my favorite coffee. The blueberry notes are reminiscent of a blueberry wheat beer, with prominent "natural" funk. A great coffee.
A very complex cup with a bright red fruit start and a long finish. Not bitter, but not too sweet either. The flavors were highlighted even more when brewed via ice dripped method. An awesome bag overall.
Amazing! Bright blueberry fruit without being over the top, bright acidity but not overly so. Really balanced, excellent.
Really enjoyed this one! Very complex, with fruit and chocolate flavors at the same time. Creamy mouthfeel and exceptional aftertaste. Brewed on the V60.
One of my favorites from mistobox thus far. complex, great in both french press and V60.
Great coffee! Super fruity and complex! Love it!
Solid natural. A go-to natural for me here in Portland.
Love it as espresso when they have it on the bar in their shops. Too much of a fruit bomb in a pour over
Nice aroma, but not a flavor I look forward to drinking everyday
Loved this coffee. It's right up my alley with my current tastes right now. Naturally processed, extremely fruity aroma, and smooth multilayered flavors upon sipping. Objectively the flavor upon drinking didn't quite match the amazing aromas I would get when brewing. My favorite part of this coffee was smelling it during and after brewing, the taste was very good, just not THE BEST! Great coffee I would recommend to anyone, especially natural processing fans.
A really, really solid natural Ethiopian. I even tried mixing it with the Ruby Kenyan with great results.
Blueberry bomb, super sweet and smooth via Kalita
Very aromatic out of the bag and after being ground. Well balanced and juicy. Tasting notes are subtle. Have only brewed with Chemex so far, but will be trying later this week with a v60 which usually brings out more of the flavor notes for me.
i had a very difficult getting a good extraction out of this coffee. I experimented with ratios, brew temp, brew time, grind size, and it was always either over extracted or too flat. To make sure I wasn't overlooking something, i did the same with a bag of ethiopia kurimi beans from Intelligentsia and had none of the same issues. was able to easily dial in a balanced cup. I know Coava is a good brand, and I like naturally processed coffees from Ethiopia, maybe something was wrong with the bag I got?
EDIT: after even further testing, i finally got a decent cup, but it required quite a coarser grind than I anticipated, and still had kind of a dirty finish.
Works well as a pour over and as a slow drip cold brew, but I would love more stone fruit, citrus or berry flavors to come through. This is still a rather subtle cup no matter how i've brewed it.
Delicious. Hints of blueberry and chocolate. 18g beans, 300g water was perfect for this cup. Any more beans and the acidity is too high for me.
Fruit forward with a definite grape jam profile as Sam's review suggest. Much brighter and more interesting than most espresso blends.
I really enjoyed this coffee. This has been my favorite so far. Thank you!
We love this coffee! Have been wanting to try coffee from Coava for a long time, and it did not disappoint! Love the lavender flavor and subtle fruit notes, would buy this again.
Solid coffee.. Incredibly lightly roasted and very tea like. It lacks some of the punchiness and tartness found in some Ethiopians but makes up for it with great balance and subtlety and still has that unmistakable bright and citrusy fruit notes found in African coffees. Brewed with Kalita Wave.
One of my favorites from one of my favorite roasters. Really nice sweet fruit notes. It's nice and aromatic as soon as you open the bag. A rare balance of earthy notes with sweet fruit. A gem of a coffee.
This was by far my favorite coffee I have been sent this far. My Internet was out of order when I had it so this review is purely from memory. Brewed Kalita Wave. Nose was unique and phenomenal. I had a difficult time putting a finger in it but i smelled lilac, white wine, and a very unique earthyness that carried through to the flavor and finish as well. The earthy flavor was accompanied by marmalade, a fresh mineral flavor I would liken to fresh mountain stream water, fresh soil. I really don't know how to describe the uniqueness of the flavor. Whiskey and wine aficionados often talk of teroir. While I admittedly have never picked up on that abstract concept in my favorite pricey Bourbons and Zinfadels, i believe this cup may have tought me the meaning of that word.. I have never been to a coffee farm or Ethiopia, but this coffee smells tastes and finishes like a distilled version of what I imagine a coffee garden in the. east African mountains might taste like. Long winded but this is not only the best coffee I have ever brewed myself but the best cup I have ever tasted.. I now know why people love Ethiopians so much.
I have never tasted lavender so had no point of comparison but I did detect what might be grape jam. If I close my eyes and really concentrate. My wife thinks she detects hints of citrus.
Excellent coffee! Complex and delicious. Just a great cup of coffee.
Delicious! I love coffee!!!
Really good! I like how flavorful it is, especially in fruity notes.
Wow! The grape jam taste was awesome! Low acidity. Would highly recommend this coffee.
Not as unloved as others I've tried, but still not something I want to finish.
As described: lavender and grape jam with a long finish. Beautifully fragrant
Very good. I am really enjoying this coffee. Nice acidity with jammy fruitiness. I get some serious grape in the aroma and taste. Very happy with this choice! I've always loved these types of bright, berry/fruit coffees from Sidama/Yirgacheffe.
Coava roasts some beautiful coffee. Beans have that chocolate-peanut butter smell. Tastes amazing.