Kakalove Cafe

Wilderness Blend

Location: Chia-Yi, Taiwan

Origin: Ethiopia; Kenya; El Salvador

Roast: Light

Est. Price: NT $500/16 ounces

Review Date: February 2018

Agtron: 60/86

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

High-toned, richly sweet. Nectarine, apple blossom, redwood, dark chocolate, grapefruit zest in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart structure with bright, lively acidity; crisp, velvety-smooth mouthfeel. The finish is saturated with notes of stone fruit and apple blossom in the short, with dark chocolate and a hint of grapefruit zest resurfacing in the long.


A blend comprised of four coffees: two Ethiopias, one washed- and one natural-processed; a Kenya; and a honey-processed El Salvador. This coffee tied for the second-highest rating in a cupping of blends for Coffee Review‘s February 2018 tasting report. 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: An elegant citrusy and chocolate-toned cup, pleasingly complicated by notes of stone fruit and rich aromatic wood.

This review originally appeared in the February, 2018 tasting report: Blending Coffees: Craft, Intuition and Thematic Riffs

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