This coffee will be fresh roasted for you. We expect Coava Coffee Roasters will roast and ship this coffee in 1-2 business days depending on their roasting schedule.
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.
Our local, go-to coffee is Cafe Grumpy. The Coava Ethiopia Kilenso did not quite stack up. We look forward to a more unexpected coffee in our next box.
This coffee was good but did not stand out as incredible to me. I’ve never had a coffee that I’ve had to adjust my grind so coarse. I use a Baratza Encore & I’m usually in the range of 12-20. This particular coffee I had to use 30 to get my timing & taste right with Hario v60. I’m not tasting really “jammy” but I am not confident yet in my ability to pull out certain tasting notes. This coffee seemed a little heavy on my tongue & not overwhelmingly so but somewhat earthy. I have had coffees that were very complex that I liked & coffees that are more light & crisp that I like as well so I don’t want to say at this point that I only like ____. The color of the beans looked fine, didn’t appear to be too dark. I was expecting a little more from this batch.
It was good for the most part. I did find that I needed to add more than a 1:16 ratio, otherwise, it tasted bland and weak.
Coffee (brewed pour-over) tastes clean and fresh. Notes are very reminiscent of blueberry and quite strong. I personally did not love that.
Perhaps my favorite one yet. Fragrant, juicy mixed berry notes with beautiful floral overtones. Sweet and clean on the palate with a round mouthfeel and balanced acidity. A stunner!
So - So. I don't love natural coffees
Did not like this coffee. Had that "Inteligentsia" taste. Not into it.
Makes an excellent, slightly earthy / unctuous espresso. It's a great coffee that was glad that I picked - and of course, coming from Portland Oregon it has to be good given the competition there.
Certainly jammy! Tasty tasty!
I liked this one!
Pretty full bodied for a Ethiopian. Couldn’t taste aromas that well.
Good, pleasant to drink.
Juicy is a great description for this coffee. Somedays the lavendar notes stood out more and somedays it had more of an earthy tone depending on who brewed the coffee
wasn't excited by this
Delicious!! Juicy, I love it
So far I don't love this one -- it seems to lack the distinctive fruit flavors I generally expect from Ethiopians (especially natural process ones). I'm still experimenting with brew setting to see if any tweaks can improve the output.
Kevin and Abby
The first coffee we have had from Coava and it was excellent. Very fruity and bright living up to the Ethiopian standards.
Very floraly. I really enjoyed it and I’ll be buying it again.
What an excellent coffee bursting with juicy fruit flavor. So tasty!
The flavor notes are there but the coffee is not coming through with a strong flavor, it seems watery. We are brewing it the same we have for years. We will try a finer grind to extract more of the flavor next time.
Very fruit forward and flavorful. This coffee was delicious and tasted exactly as advertised. I would like to also try something with a deeper/darker flavor.
Super light and Fruity, Sweet. Great flavor notes with an overall delicate and non overpowering coffee flavor.
My wife and I brewed it in an Aeropress and in a Chemex and found it was a little more sour and acidic than we usually like
temperamental brew. took a while to get it right but tasty, delicate flavors. Got some light berry taste.
Loved everything about this. The notes where perfect for my palette.
Eric and Laura
Really love the blueberry and grape notes. Loving how smooth and subtle the flavor notes are coming through. We’re enjoying the exploration of light roast beans. Would love to get into some juicy tropical flavors at some point.
Could be slightly bolder in profile. I appreciated the nuanced lightness on the palate.
Very smooth juicy with a soft finish
This coffee was good but not great. It smelled great in the bag but I didn't find the taste to be that complex and it had some acidity that I didn't like. We adjusted the grind size a couple times which helped round it out but I lost some of the more subtle notes in the coffee. It makes a good cup but nothing I'm excited about. I think I prefer a brighter, fruitier coffees.
This coffee was great - strawberry-raspberry with lemon-lime finish. We tend to like super-fruity coffees, especially Ethiopian naturals, so we really enjoyed this. It was (accidentally) shipped alongside Onyx's Ethiopia Bensa Shantawene Natural, which I will say we liked a tiny bit better - but both were excellent, berry-forward coffees.
I liked this coffee. I appreciate a natural processed coffee, but this one tasted pretty standard to me. Berries and acidic. Was not that interesting.
Loved the fruit jam/floral notes. A coffee with a distinct character.
I can taste the juicy, grapey notes if I look for them, but they're largely overpowered by a dark bitterness. I tried lowering my water temperature to 201, and that didn't seem to help. Next I set my grind a few clicks more coarse, and I believe that's reduced the bitterness somewhat, but the coffee tastes somewhat green, now.
I tried medium coarse, medium and medium fine grind on this in a 3-Cup and an 8-Cup Chemex. I tried it unsweetened, sweetened and at different temperatures and it was fairly bland each time. I generally brew at a 12-15:1 water:coffee ratio.
It has a dryness. Not as savory but I love that fruity Ethiopian light roast punch it gives.
Really enjoyed it! Loved how light the roast was and how robust the favor was!
Loved this. Made it mostly on chemex and it gave great body. Crazy aroma. Reminded me of tart grape candy. There was a good amount of tart acidity but I was impressed by the deep sweet fruit that filled the mouth. The floral notes that lingered were probably my favorite part.
Such a juicy coffee with light floral notes, and a concentrated fruit quality. Balanced cup of coffee no matter the brewing method.
The curator has officially lost her coffee mind. This coffee is straight dry and dusty old world wine. That’s great for winos... not for coffee. There is no grape jam, no “juice” and maybe a slight hint of lavender. This is the second bad to meh coffee in a row. After more than a year, I’m just going to buy from my local shops. Not worth the $. Sorry Sam.
This seemed like a good natural processed light roast. I am definitely getting notes of grape with a delicate lavender smell. It's not as prominent as I would like though ,which makes me wonder if I did not grind/brew it correctly. Would love to hear suggestions on how to properly brew this!
Classic natural process flavor
When it’s piping hot, the flavor is lingering on the back of my tongue, but it doesn’t seem overextracted. It’s juicy with a syrupy body.
As it cools, I’m getting more sweetness and the finish moves to the middle of my tongue. That stereotypical Ardi blueberry note pulls through once it’s cooled, as well. I can identify the grape jam note on the bag, and I’m curious how playing with the dose and water temp might bring out the lavender more.
It’s been a while since I’ve had a natural process coffee and this does not disappoint!
Definitely a jammy, fruity natural. It was good but I think I'm not as fond of naturals as I used to be.
This creates an amazing cup of coffee. I typically make mine via AeroPress which creates a clean, juicy, flavorful cup of coffee.
Pretty great 4.5/5 stars!
Difficult to brew, but worth it. Excellent flavor profile.
Like a lot of Ethiopia coffees, this has a strong berry taste and floral aroma that I love. I personally wouldn't it reminded me of grape jam or lavender as listed in the notes, but it's hard to brew this and not get that bold fruity flavor. I had to grind it a little coarser than other beans since it's naturally processed.
Probably one of my favorites so far!
Good, but a little too bright. Increase grind size to 20. Wish there was a little bit more acidity.
An easy-to-brew, fruit-forward coffee. Could drink this all day.
so so so good!
wow! perfect. thank you.
Singularly unimpressed with this.
I love a good Natural Ethiopian coffee. This one didn't disappoint with it's grape / fruit punchiness and floral notes shining as it cooled down. It did have a bit of a heavier body than I prefer which became more apparent as the coffee aged past 14 days to 18 days.
It wanted to have flavor but just ended kind of muddled despite changes in brewing and grind size.
A really enjoyable fruit-forward cup! You immediately sink into a juicy burst of grape and blueberry, followed by a touch of acidity. This dominant fruit profile is balanced by a caramel-like sweetness, and subtle floral notes throughout. A great example of a complex natural Ethiopian roast!
Not as much clarity as I like, but not terrible.
This has been a very delightful roast so far, and an incredible choice for my first mistobox coffee. Overwhelming taste of grape on the front end follewed with a nice floral finish. I felt like I was taking the Lord's Supper on a sunday drinking some Welches grape juice yo!
Really excellent. Love this one. I actually had a chance to try it in their shop in San Diego last week too. Great stuff
A delightful roast. Overwhelming notes of lavender and floral are met with deep berries and grape jam. Powerful, rich, and very tasty!
Good balance, nice grape jam notes on technivorm. Pronounced lavender notes on chemex.
What a great coffee! I am so enjoying the flavor notes of this coffee!
This is my favorite coffee Mistobox has sent me. Brews a flavorful cup that's very light on the nose from Chemex.
Amazing Ardi! Well done Coava.
Absolutely delicious! One of the best coffees I've had this entire year. Very juicy, and the flavor just pops right out at you. My favorite way of making it was with my V60.
It’s not as good as the first time I ordered it. Must be a batch to batch thing.
Good. A bit dark and so lacking in complexity a little, but all in all, a good cup.
Tons of fruit on this.
Best coffee I've received from this subscription.
Pour over was amazing. Fairly juicy especially within the first 10 days of roast. Great flavor.
Nice juiciness with fruity blueberry, maybe strawberry notes.
Delicious. Spot on taste. The smell is intoxicating.
One of the juicer coffees I've gotten from mistobox. I'm a fan of it. I've only tried it in the chemex so far, but I'm anxious to experiment with this one.
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.
Very balanced. Grape is the dominant flavor that comes through, all in all an enjoyable cup!
Definitely grape jam, with cocoa coming through when the coffee is hot from the brew. Grape emerges as the coffee cools and settles in.
Pretty Balanced and sweet coffee, though i wouldnt call it a very fruity one. Low acidity though, very enjoyable.