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Kakalove Cafe

Congo Lake Kivu Kavisa Bourbon

Location: Kalehe, South Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Origin: Kalehe, South Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: NT $520/16 ounces

Review Date: June 2017

Agtron: 46/70

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Crisply sweet, spice-toned. Red currant, black peppercorn, magnolia, dark chocolate, grapefruit zest in aroma and cup. Round, gentle acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. The resonant finish consolidates to cocoa-toned florals and spice notes redolent of black peppercorn.

Notes:

Produced entirely from trees of the Bourbon variety of Arabica by family-owned farms around Virunga Coffee, which began collaborating with cooperatives in 2011 to improve the quality of coffee production in the region. This is a wet-processed or “washed” coffee, meaning the fruit skin and pulp were removed from the beans immediately after harvesting and before drying. Kakalove Café is a nano-roaster located in the small city of Chia-Yi in Taiwan that strives to procure and roast the finest quality coffee. Visit www.kakalovecafe.com.tw or email kahiyuho@gmail.com for more information.

The Bottom Line: Chocolate, flower and black pepper notes carry pleasingly through this sweetly rich Congo cup.