|Roaster Location:||Chia-Yi, Taiwan|
|Coffee Origin:||Lintong growing region, North Sumatra Province, Indonesia|
|Est. Price:||NT $520/16 ounces|
|Review Date:||July 2018|
|Acidity /Structure :||9|
Blind Assessment: Spicy, earth-toned, lightly roasty. Dark chocolate, fresh-turned earth, gently scorched oak, pipe tobacco, hints of peppercorn and sweet flowers in aroma and cup. Vibrantly sweet-savory in structure. Plush, velvety mouthfeel. Chocolate in particular carries into a round, resonant finish, complicated by continued hints of tobacco, earth and flowers.
Notes: Coffees like this one from the northern part of the Indonesian island of Sumatra are valued for their complex earth and fruit notes that appear to result largely from unorthodox fruit removal and drying practices called “wet-hulling.” Produced in the Lintong region south of Lake Toba, one of the oldest and arguably the most admired of Sumatra growing regions. 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 : A resonant, complexly expressed Sumatra. A hint of roasty pungency moves the chocolate forward and deepens the sweet-savory earth and tobacco notes.