Ho Soo Tsai

A.G.E. Duetto Espresso

Location: Kaohsiung City, Taiwan

Origin: Panama; Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $26.00/8 ounces

Review Date: October 2017

Agtron: 56/76

Aroma: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 10

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Elegant, spice-toned, sweetly tart. Lilac, cedar, Concord grape, dark chocolate, almond in aroma and small cup. Full, syrupy mouthfeel; tart-leaning finish that centers around Concord grape and dark chocolate notes. In three parts milk, explodes with fruit tones beyond Concord grape: tropical notes of lychee, coconut underscored by dark chocolate, aromatic wood, and pretty lilac, all rounded and harmonized by the milk.


A.G.E. stands for “all-Gesha espresso,” and this coffee is a blend of coffees from trees of the Gesha variety of Arabica, one from Ethiopia and one from Panama. Ho Soo Tsai is a micro-roaster based in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. Visit https://www.facebook.com/LPCXHST or call +886-72364657 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A gorgeous fruit- and floral-toned espresso, the pleasures of which are both intensified and deepened in milk, where a tropical theme (coconut, lychee) emerges.

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