Kakalove Cafe

Black Meow Blend

Location: Chia-Yi, Taiwan

Origin: Colombia; Guatemala; Ethiopia

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: NT $165/8 ounces

Review Date: July 2019

Agtron: 47/69

Aroma: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Bittersweet, gently roast-toned, chocolaty. Chocolate fudge, roasted hazelnut, green apple, molasses, singed cedar in aroma and small cup. Silky-smooth mouthfeel; crisp, richly drying finish. Reads like a classic Italian espresso in three parts milk, bitter and sweet in equal parts, balanced and harmonious with a hint of roast throughout.


This coffee tied for the highest rating in a tasting of “classic” espresso blends from Taiwanese roasters for Coffee Review’s June 2019 report. A blend comprised of wash-processed coffees from Tolima, Colombia, Acatenango, Guatemala, and Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia. 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: Suggests traditional Italian-style espresso, bittersweet and accessible, with especially pretty chocolate notes.

This review originally appeared in the July, 2019 tasting report: Exploring "Classic" Espresso Blends: Taiwan Roasters

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