Kakalove Cafe

Guatemala Finca El General Lot ALT8 Espresso

Location: Chia-Yi, Taiwan

Origin: Acatenango growing region, central Guatemala

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: NT $275/8 ounces

Review Date: September 2018

Agtron: 52/74

Aroma: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Chocolaty, floral-toned. Plumeria, baker’s chocolate, tangerine zest, fresh-cut cedar, tamarind in aroma and small cup. Crisp, syrupy mouthfeel; sweetly tart finish with notes of tamarind and baker’s chocolate. In three parts milk, rich chocolate tones provide ballast for tart tamarind, and plumeria notes elevate the whole with pervasive sweetness.


Produced by Verónica Lantan Vela de Acajabon at Finca El General from trees of the Typica and Bourbon varieties of Arabica. This is a wet-processed or “washed” coffee, meaning the fruit skin and pulp were removed from the beans immediately after harvesting and before drying. Acatenango is the name of a coffee-growing municipality as well as a famous volcano overlooking the Antigua Valley of Guatemala. 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 single-origin espresso that invokes the tropics, with plumeria-like flowers and sweetly tart fruit notes akin to tamarind.

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