Kakalove Cafe

Ethiopia Guji Shakisso Natural Lot 24

Location: Chia-Yi, Taiwan

Origin: Guji Zone, Oromia Region, southern Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: NT $260/8 ounces

Review Date: August 2019

Agtron: 53/71

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Cleanly fruit-toned, deeply rich. Dried raspberry, toffee, molasses, cedar, narcissus-like flowers in aroma and cup. Sweet-toned structure with brisk acidity; creamy-smooth mouthfeel. Impressively resonant, multi-layered finish.


Southern Ethiopia coffees like this one are largely produced from distinctive indigenous Ethiopian varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. This is a dry-processed or “natural” version, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or “washed” 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: An elegant natural-processed Ethiopia that is fruit-forward without a hint of ferment: crisp, clean, juicy-sweet.

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