Kakalove Cafe

Ethiopia Natural Yirgacheffe Blue Donkey Lot

Location: Chia-Yi, Taiwan

Origin: ochere, Yirgacheffe growing region, south-central Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: NT $300/8 ounces

Review Date: August 2019

Agtron: 57/75

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Delicately fruit-toned. Persimmon, rose hips, cacao nib, lemon verbena, saltwater taffy in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweet-savory structure with fruit-driven acidity; vibrant, syrupy mouthfeel. The finish consolidates to persimmon and rose hips with cocoa undertones.


Yirgacheffe is a coffee region in southern Ethiopia that produces distinctive coffees from traditional varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. This is a “natural” or dry-processed version, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit, encouraging a flavor profile that is less predictable and deeper than the more familiar wet-processed floral- and citrus-toned Yirgacheffe profile. 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 juicy, rich natural-processed Yirgacheffe cup with clean fruit and cocoa tones throughout and an appealing savory edge.

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