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Kakalove Cafe

Kenya Kirinyaga Baragwi Guama AB

Location: Chia-Yi, Taiwan

Origin: Kirinyaga District, south-central Kenya

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: NT $600/16 ounces

Review Date: September 2017

Agtron: 59/77

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Delicately bright, deeply sweet. Red currant, roasted macadamia, myrrh, honey, dried hibiscus in aroma and cup. Balanced, high-toned, sweetly tart in structure; silky, buoyant mouthfeel. The finish is long, flavor-laden and confident, leading with notes of red fruit and tart florals in the short, followed by suggestions of honey-toned nut (think creamy macadamia) and elegantly musky myrrh.

Notes:

Produced by the Baragwi Farmers Co-operative Society from trees of the admired SL-28 and SL-34 varieties of Arabica and processed at the Guama wet mill. Despite grower discontent and urban encroachment on prime coffee lands, Kenya continues to produce some of the world’s most elegant and distinctive coffees. 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 decisively Kenya cup with classic notes of red currant throughout, grounded and balanced by tropical nut tones and crisply sweet, concentrated florals.