De Clieu Coffee

Karibu Espresso Blend

Location: Taipei, Taiwan

Origin: Ethiopia; Panama

Roast: Light

Est. Price: NT $400/8 ounces

Review Date: July 2019

Agtron: 58/84

Aroma: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Crisply sweet-tart, spice-toned. Baker’s chocolate, cardamom, tart cherry, fir, almond butter in aroma and small cup. Creamy body; bittersweet, wood-framed finish. Cardamom-toned chocolate blooms in three parts milk, along with sweet nut and tart fruit notes.


This coffee earned the second-highest rating in a tasting of “classic” espresso blends from Taiwanese roasters for Coffee Review’s June 2019 report. Comprised of three natural-processed Ethiopia coffees (Yirgacheffe, Gotiti and Shakisso) and a washed Panama Santa Clara Hartmann. De Clieu Coffee is a Taiwan-based roaster whose mission it is to explore extraordinary coffees. For more information, visit https://m.facebook.com/declieucoffeetaipei.

The Bottom Line: An unusual espresso blend, sweet and tart, with intriguing spice notes suggesting cardamom.

This review originally appeared in the July, 2019 tasting report: Exploring "Classic" Espresso Blends: Taiwan Roasters

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