Name: Colombia La Palma and El Tucan Espresso
Roasting House: Kakalove Cafe
Origin: Cundinamarca, Colombia
Type: Medium – Light
Cost: NT$300 ($9.88 USD at time of Writing) for 227 grams
Cost Per Gram: 4.4¢
This was a new experience for me. A Medium – Light from a formerly unknown (to me) roaster from Taiwan. It is extremely full bodied for a coffee bordering on light roast. While it retains some of the natural flavors and aromas the complex flavors of the roast are surprisingly pronounced for a coffee so lightly roasted. The caramelization is immediately evident in a strong, heavy flavour of dark chocolate which is immediately complimented by a full-bodied sandalwood flavour, undoubtedly the wood used for roasting. With that said, the bean manages to maintain an astonishing level of acidity which produces sweetly floral undertones as well as a bit of a tropical feel with hints of Guava and citrus. It has a buttery mouthfeel that finishes dry and slightly tart as it washes over your tongue.
Don’t let the price fool you as it did me! I thought I had stumbled upon one of the world’s most expensive coffee brands! The price is actually listed in NTD (New Taiwan Dollar) and clocks in at a much more reasonable $10 USD. The website is only partially translated, so it can be a little tricky to navigate at times. With that said, we were able to figure it out and had no issues receiving our coffee with minimal delay. They accept Visa, Mastercard, and Paypa, among many others ensuring you’ll have no issues with a secure checkout.