Espresso Review | Costa Rica Yellow Honey Lot Kinka Bear by Kakalove Cafe (Taiwan)


Roaster Location: Chia-Yi, Taiwan
Coffee Origin: Costa Rica
Roast Level: Medium-Light
Agtron: 52/70
Est. Price: NT $250/8 ounces
Review Date: October 2020
Aroma: 9
Body: 9
Flavor: 9
Aftertaste: 8
With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment: Evaluated as espresso. Crisply sweet-tart, bright and juicy. Pomegranate, tangerine zest, dark chocolate, hazelnut butter, sandalwood in aroma and small cup. Full, syrupy mouthfeel; crisply sweet finish with notes of dark chocolate and tangerine zest. In three parts milk both chocolate and citrus notes are lifted and enlivened.

Notes: Processed by the yellow honey method. With all honey processing methods, some sweet pulp or fruit flesh (“honey”) is allowed to adhere to the beans during drying. In the yellow honey variation, a thin layer of pulp is allowed to dry on the beans, more than with white honey, but less than is the case with red or black honey. 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 or email [email protected] for more information.

The Bottom Line: A fine Costa Rica coffee roasted for espresso: tart and high-toned in the straight shot, chocolaty and citrusy in milk.

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