|Roaster Location:||Chia-Yi, Taiwan|
|Coffee Origin:||Acatenango growing region, central Guatemala|
|Est. Price:||NT $375/4 ounces|
|Review Date:||November 2021|
Blind Assessment: Elegantly fruit-toned, complex, deeply layered. Lychee, macadamia nut, pink grapefruit zest, cocoa nib, plumeria in aroma and cup. Richly sweet-tart structure with bright, juicy acidity; supple, syrupy mouthfeel. The long, nuanced finish retains all of the flavor and aroma notes from the cup and adds a subtle incense-like note suggesting sandalwood.
Notes: This exceptional coffee was selected as the No. 4 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2021. Produced at Santa Felisa farm entirely of the celebrated Gesha (also spelled Geisha) variety of Arabica. Processed by fermentation in the whole fruit with the addition of wild yeasts to the tank, then dried in the whole fruit, making it, in effect, a fermented natural. Kakalove Cafe 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 [email protected] for more information.
The Bottom Line: An engaging, quite original natural-processed Guatemala Geisha cup — lyrically sweet, invitingly tart, playfully enigmatic.
This review originally appeared in the November, 2021 tasting report: Our Love Affair with Geisha — It’s Not Just a Panama Thing Anymore