About us

A great cup of coffee is never too far away with Kikos!

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OUR MISSION

We are coffee and Tea lovers. Whether your love of coffee comes from memories of waking up to Grandma’s morning brew that announced breakfast is ready or to fond memories of enjoying a cup with friends. We at Kikos share the same sentiments and we want to share in your exploration of coffee and tea flavors from different parts of the world.

Some of the best coffee comes from small farms from Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Kenya and other parts of the world. These farmers have grown coffee for generations and often only produce small and carefully cared for lots. Our beans are ethically sourced, freshly roasted and of the best quality. We strive to bring these to you in a convenient and hassle-free manner and to also provide you with other high quality coffee related products that will make your experience more enjoyable.

We are Fair Trade Certified. We are MBE (Minority Business Enterprise) Certified. We are LGBTBE® Certified. (Certified LGBT Business Enterprise). Certified Diverse” Supplier, Vendor. Proud Member of Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce

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OUR STORY

We were born into a family where farming was the main activity. They harvested Sugar Cane and Coffee. We faced the challenges of a society immersed in violence where the ones who suffered were always the poor. Even though the government tried to help the coffee farmers, terrorist groups and criminal bands made sure they intercepted any type of aid. Due to the conflict some of our family members were forced to move to the main cities and start from zero. 

Many years later in 2019 we united again to generate an impact not only on our family but to our local communities; Colombia and the United States where we currently reside. Coffee was the perfect way to do it because it runs in our blood and it represents our culture and everything positive about Colombia. 


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OUR PHILOSOPHY

Most of the steps to harvest and process coffee beans are manual. While this may not be as efficient as utilizing machines, we believe that sticking to tried and true methods that keep an experienced human eye on the process brings the best results. Local families located in the communities around the coffee farms are employed directly and indirectly; generating employment and well being in the region.

MembershipsMassachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce 

We are Fair Trade Certified. We are LGBTBE® Certified. (Certified LGBT Business Enterprise). Certified Diverse” Supplier, Vendor. Also working on the following the OSD's Supplier Diversity Office in MA.

We just started, but we have big dreams! We want the communities that we impact to have a better future and overall well being. We chose 3 established nonprofits to collaborate because they impact in-need populations in Colombia and the United States.

How are we helping? You can now donate at checkout on our website; for those who donate we are providing a discount. Also, during the COVID-19 we have donated coffee to those in need through YMCA in Boston and Women's Lunch Place.

Voces Latinas: aims to reduce the rate of HIV transmission and violence among immigrant Latinas by empowering, educating, and providing leadership and advocacy training to enable them to make healthier decisions for themselves and their families. Through collaborative relationships, we connect immigrant Latinas with culturally and linguistically sensitive services to address their immediate needs, which allows them to identify with their risk for HIV/AIDS

Fundacion Siempre Colombia: aims to help the suffering of the most needed, especially senior citizens of Colombia. One of the main projects is Colombia on Wheels, which consists of providing medical devices such as wheelchairs, crutches, walkers and hygiene items to nursing home residents in Colombia. Another important project is Siempre Colombia Calza Ninos, which consists of providing shoes and school supplies to children in need.

Impact U: MPACT-U helps and contributes to students from vulnerable communities in Colombia. Our goal is to assist them in reaching their educational goals, by providing the financial assistance and educational resources needed to complete the undergraduate program and ultimately obtain a college degree. Promoting personal development helps build a stronger society. Kikos Coffee & Tea donates monthly to this non profit and serves as consultants to grow it. Together with Kikos Coffee & Tea and other partners, Impact-U was able to collect funds to provide food to 45 families in need due to COVID-19 

ABOUT KIKOS COLOMBIAN COFFEE

A great cup of coffee is never too far away with Kikos!

OUR COFFEE - KIKOS COLOMBIAN COFFEE

Our standard is to use only high quality coffee beans. Kikos Coffee is smooth, creamy with character, balanced of body and provides a clean cup. Our beans are roasted medium dark because we are not afraid to show the real taste of our coffee. Cheaper, less flavorful  beans are roasted dark in order to mask their lack of flavor. We are not about bitterness. Too often the strength or flavor of a coffee is misjudged by its bitterness. Generally this bitterness needs to be covered up with cream and sugar. Our coffee is smooth and easy to drink. In reality no cream or sugar is needed but using a small amount will bring out a pleasing flavor.

WHY MEDIUM DARK ROAST?

Medium Dark Roast

Medium-dark roasts have a richer, darker color with some oil beginning to show on the surface of the beans. A medium-dark roast has a heavy body in comparison with the lighter or medium roasts.

The beans are roasted to the beginning or middle of the second crack about 437-450°F. The flavors and aromas of the roasting process become noticeable, and the taste of the coffee may be somewhat spicy.

Other names are Full-City Roast, After Dinner Roast, and Vienna Roast.

HOW TO BREW KIKOS COLOMBIAN COFFEE

(A step by Step Guide)

First you have to decide which brewing method you are using. Do you have a Coffee Maker, do you have a Coffee Grinder? or are you using ground Coffee? Using ground Coffee is more convenient but definitely using Whole Bean Coffee, grinding it and brewing it right away is the best cup of coffee! it is just fresh!!!

Make sure that regardless of the brewing method, your Coffee Pot, Coffee Maker, and cups are completely clean. Any unwanted substance can drastically change the taste of the coffee.

Always try to grind the Coffee beans right before you intend to make coffee and also only  use the amount of coffee you are going to consume at the moment. 

The grinding of your coffee beans depends on your Coffee Maker and your preference. The finer the grind, the more time the coffee is exposed to the water and will have more extraction which  means that you will sense a "stronger"coffee. The most common coffee grind type is Medium which is used in majority of home coffee makers (Drip) and Fine Grind for espresso.

Always use a coffee filter if your coffee pot requires one to keep the grounds from blocking the drip and making the coffee overflow from the basket. Use an unbleached (brown) paper filter or a gold filter. The bleached (white) ones affect the flavor of the coffee, so avoid them.

RATIO OF GROUND COFFEE TO WATER?

The Coffee Golden Rule is: exactly two (2) tablespoons (7 to 9 grams or 2 scoops of a standard coffee measure) of ground coffee beans per six (6) ounces of water.

For 4 cups (6 ounces each) of coffee, measure out 8 generous tablespoons (30 to 35 grams) of fresh ground coffee beans.

You can adjust more of less ground coffee depending on your taste.
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APR 13, 2020: MY FAVORITE COFFEE: My GF and I order the whole beans and then grind them in the morning for our drip coffee. It's incredibly smooth, and not very bitter at all. We both drink it black now, instead of a little milk due to the great flavor and smooth taste.
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