Kickapoo Coffee Roasters
At Kickapoo Coffee, a passion for exceptional beans and an obsession with terroir are matched by an unwavering commitment to community and farmer equity. Founders and co-owners, TJ Semanchin and Caleb Nicholes, launched Kickapoo Coffee in 2005 in the small, rural town of Viroqua, WI. Named for the Kickapoo River Valley the roastery calls home, the company has since grown to include three cafes scattered across the state.
Kickapoo Coffee is driven by the pursuit to do better. They became the country's first 100% solar powered roastery in 2015 and announced the highest published minimum price guarantee to farmers in 2017. From sourcing exceptional coffees from smallholder farmers to donating 5% off all profits to support rural communities at home and abroad, they’re always looking for opportunities to connect people and place in a way that honors both.
Embracing work as a source of joy and wonder, they’ve attracted a team that shares the same values. They work hard and play hard, which means, as they put it, “...joy is never too far off. And when you're tasting world-class coffee, wonder never is either.”