Kickapoo Coffee Roasters is a family-scale enterprise situated near the scenic Kickapoo River in the Driftless region of southwest Wisconsin. The foundation of their business is their shared values: connection to the land, consideration for the local and global community, and commitment to their families and those of their trading partners. And yes, there are a lot of coffee roasters out there but seriously, these guys are some of the best. They were named Micro-Roaster of the Year in 2010, they have been awarded the gold seal from Good Food two years in a row, as well as having many top-rated roasts.
Nothing was set up for a photo shoot, they just let me enter their doors (multiple times) and photograph their everyday processes. Though the environment requires a lot of detailed work, the atmosphere is very relaxed. And I’m pretty sure Caleb or TJ made me at least one cappuccino every time.
If you’re ever in the Viroqua area and want your very own tour of the place – public cuppings happen the last Friday of every month at 10:00am.