|Roaster Location:||Chia-Yi, Taiwan|
|Coffee Origin:||Nyeri growing region, south-central Kenya|
|Est. Price:||$500 NTD/16 ounces|
|Review Date:||April 2016|
Blind Assessment: Deeply rich, subtly intricate. Lavender, roasted cacao nib, sandalwood, tangerine zest in aroma and cup. Vibrant, juicy-tart acidity; lightly satiny mouthfeel. The very long lavender-toned finish is complicated by continued suggestions of tangerine and sandalwood.
Notes: Despite challenges ranging from unclear government coffee policy and urban encroachment on prime coffee lands to chronically unstable weather, the famed Kenya coffee auction system and its participating cooperatives continue to produce some of the world’s most elegant and distinctive coffees. This coffee was produced by small-holding farmers of the Othaya Farming Cooperative Society from trees of the admired SL28 and SL34 varieties, as well as the hybrid Ruiru 11, at the Gatugi factory. AA is the highest grade of Kenya coffee based on bean size and fewest physical imperfections. 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 [email protected] for more information.
The Bottom Line : An exotically appealing Kenya, with citrus and spicy floral notes that go long and an assertive juicy-tart structure.