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Kakalove Cafe

Guatemala Finca El General Espresso

Location: Chia-Yi, Taiwan

Origin: Acatenango growing region, central Guatemala

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: NT $550/16 ounces

Review Date: September 2017

Agtron: 56/76

Aroma: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Fruit-toned, sweetly tart. Raspberry jam, almond, dark chocolate, narcissus, sandalwood in aroma and small cup. Plush, syrupy mouthfeel. The crisp, chocolate-toned finish is complicated by complex, jammy notes of raspberry in the short, consolidating to dark chocolate and sandalwood in the long. In three parts milk, fruit and chocolate deepen and round.

Notes:

Produced by Verónica Lantan Vela de Acajabon at Finca El General from trees of the Typica and Bourbon varieties of Arabica. 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. Acatenango is the name of a coffee-growing municipality as well as a famous volcano overlooking the Antigua Valley of Guatemala. 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: A high-toned, richly sweet-tart espresso, equally attractive as a straight shot or in milk.