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Kakalove Cafe

Kenya Muranga Gondo AA

Location: Chia-Yi, Taiwan

Origin: Murang’a County, central Kenya

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $22.00/16 ounces

Review Date: August 2016

Agtron: 56/80

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 10

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Sweetly tart, spicy, mesmerizing. Red currant, roasted cacao nib, lantana-like flowers, thyme, pink peppercorn in aroma and cup. Balanced, juicy, sweet-tart acidity; plush mouthfeel. The resonant cocoa-toned finish begins with herb-toned red currant and ends with pink peppercorn.

Notes:

This exceptional coffee was selected as the No. 11 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2016. Produced entirely from trees of the much-admired, Bourbon-derived SL28 variety of Arabica. AA is the highest grade of Kenya coffee based on bean size and freedom from physical imperfections. Gondo is one of three mills run by the roughly 1800-member New Kiriti Farmers Cooperative Society. 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 powerhouse Kenya cup with tart-savory depth infused with sweet cocoa and spice tones.