Coffee Review Awards 93 Rating to Ethiopian Kossa Kebena from Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea

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Crimson Cup's Ethiopian Kossa Kebena won a 93/100 rating from Kenneth Davids and the Coffee Review. This natural, organic coffee from Ethiopia's Limmu Kossa region was sourced through the Columbus, Ohio coffee roaster's Friend2Farmer direct trade program.

Crimson Cup Ethiopian Kossa Kebena  earns 93/100 rating from Kenneth Davids and the Coffee Review
Heirloom varietals grown at an altitude of 1,900 to 2,100 meters are naturally processed on raised beds to produce this outstanding coffee.

Ethiopian Kossa Kebena coffee from Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea recently earned an outstanding 93/100 rating from Kenneth Davids and the Coffee Review, the world’s leading coffee guide. Reviewers described the newest Ethiopian offering from the Columbus, Ohio coffee roaster as, “A fruit-driven, harmoniously balanced Ethiopia natural.”

The Coffee Review’s blind assessment was, “Deeply sweet, enticingly rich. Peach, lime zest, almond, violet, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Sweet, juicy acidity; plush, velvety mouthfeel. The nuanced, resonant finish consolidates around peach and roasted cocoa nib.” The complete September 2016 review is available on the Coffee Review website.

This organic addition to Crimson Cup’s Friend2Farmer line of direct-trade coffees is produced by the Kabina Kossa farm in Western Ethiopia’s Limmu Kossa District. A member of the Kossa Geshe co-op, the farm occupies part of the dense Kebena Forest.

“Heirloom varietals grown at an altitude of 1,900 to 2,100 meters are naturally processed on raised beds to produce this outstanding coffee,” said Brandon Bir, coffee sourcing and education manager for Crimson Cup. He visited the farm earlier this year.

Crimson Cup developed its Friend2Farmer direct trade program to ensure that farmers receive a fair share of proceeds from coffee sales. The company pays an above-market premium to farmers, who can then invest in agricultural and community improvements. Crimson Cup coffee experts also collaborate with farmers on ways to improve the quality of the coffee and quality of live for farmers, workers and their communities.

“Personal relationships form the foundation of our Friend2Farmer program,” said Founder and President Greg Ubert. “By traveling to meet with coffee farmers, we develop a better understanding of growing conditions and community needs.” Sales of Ethiopian Kossa Kebena support long-term economic sustainability for the farmer and his employees and help protect the endangered Kebena Forest.

Ethiopian Kossa Kebena is available for a limited time at Crimson Cup Coffee Houses in Clintonville and Upper Arlington. Bags of fresh-roasted coffee can be purchased from the Crimson Cup website at a cost of $16.50 for 12 ounces.

About Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea

Columbus, Ohio coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea is Roast magazine’s 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year. Since 1991, Crimson Cup has roasted sustainably sourced specialty and craft coffee in small batches. The company also teaches entrepreneurs to run successful coffee houses through its coffee franchise alternative program, which includes a coffee shop business plan. Crimson Cup coffee is available through a community of more than 350 independent coffee houses, grocers, college and universities, restaurants and food service operations across 29 states, Guam and Bangladesh, as well as the company’s own Crimson Cup Coffee Houses. To learn more, visit

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