Espresso Novo is a great and momentous discovery! With smooth notes of caramel, banana, and a nutty finish, this is one of the most complex and remarkable espressos ever! Herb Brodsky and his sons Jake and Joseph are a remarkable family. To Herb every cup is like a song… a Bob Dylan song. He’s part hitchhiking poet, part bohemian writer. Jake, a scientist of coffee operations, obsesses on coffee perfection, getting primo beans from his brother Joseph, their world-traveling sourcer. They treat coffee like fine wine, so beautifully presented, even their packaging looks like a fancy gift. There is good crema and Karma in every sip of this amazing and tantalizing Espresso.
January 01, 2016
Medium Dark / Sustainable, Relationship
Attention Chocoholics: looking for an espresso that is super duper chocolatey? Then Klatch House Espresso is for you! I have been pulling shots all morning on my new La Marzocco GS3 and am loving it! Not to be confused with their FTO House Espresso…This espresso is ultra rich and has a heavy, creamy body. Add steamed milk to the Klatch House Espresso and it tastes like a Mocha without adding any chocolate and all those calories. It is really quite amazing. On my 3rd cappuccino this morning I decided to experiment. While I never add sugar to my coffee, because of the over the top chocolate body of the espresso, I wanted to see what would happen if I added a touch of sugar and a spray of whipped cream on top. Well, as suspected, I felt like I was drinking a real hot cocoa! I swear I was in back Paris having an Angelina Hot Chocolate on Rue de Rivoli. Well, not exactly. It isn't as thick, but almost. Because of its richness in milk drinks, it may be a bit heavy for those of you that slam 6 double Cappuccinos or Lattes before noon, but for most people it will hit the spot as a great mainstay to have on hand when you want something sweet and naughty. For many people that is everyday and all day long!
August 29, 2016
Medium Dark / Iced Coffee
This dark roasted velvety masterpiece from Massachusetts roaster John Mahoney’s Atomic Café is an exotic mix of beans sourced from Papua New Guinea (PA-poo-Y nyoo GIN-ee) and Costa Rica. The mix is quite wonderful because it produces such a rich yet clean and refreshingly smooth cup. The smokiness never overpowers. Dark roast lovers rejoice! Brewed hot or cold, it can be sipped all day long. It’s an east coast/ west coast brokerage house customer favorite and one of mine too.
March 15, 2015
Dark / French/Italian
Bird Rock's signature,"Bird Rock Blend" has what it takes to be a great and classic cup that I will now lean on as a go-to favorite. I love how the chocolate tones transform into a thick and gooey, candy-fudge-like finish. Yum! The Sumatra and Ecuadorian beans are wonderfully combined and orchestrated by roast maestro Charles Patton, the 2012 Micro-Roaster of the year. His commitment to excellence is unwavering. He personally travels to origin, conducting a world-wide search to select the specific beans that will produce the flavor profile he plans to create, then after returning home, Charles "dials it in" through various test roasts and numerous cuppings until he achieves that perfect balance and harmonious tonality he sought and now has brought to the cup. This robust, medium-dark roast is a stellar offering! If you have not had Bird Rock yet, order this and taste why the crew from La Jolla, California are 2012's top award winners.
January 13, 2014
This Espresso is truly outstanding! As an Espresso, the aromas of pear blossom and grilled honey crisp apple transform into a nice silky liqueur. It's not over yet! Then tart, but sweet notes of apricot, tamarind and cashew combine and take you to a juicy and nice long finish. One taste and I yelled out "Oh My God!" - I love this as a drip too. It's fruity qualities truly make it a wonderful cup. I could drink this, all day long. The Boss! Winter Espresso - Get it while you can -- as long as it lasts. Another exceptional espresso from Barefoot!
November 12, 2012
Looking for adventure? No need to jump a plane. Barefoot has just the cure for the summer blues with their Adventurous Drip Sampler Pack. This sampler contains coffees that are brighter and fruitier. Perfect for those of you that sleepwalk comatose to your coffee machine in the morning drinking the same old reliable coffee you order every time or that wallow in indecision. Snore... Wake up! Mix it up a bit! This set could be a real eye-opener. Like a DJ choosing a playlist, Barefoot keeps things exciting with smaller sampler 8 ounce bags from a lineup of their current more complex and fruity seasonal drip coffees. It is a nice opportunity to try a few Barefoot offerings and see what you think. At the very least, it will leave you feeling well traveled without the jet lag. For those that want to play it a bit more safe there is also a Barefoot Traditional 3 bag sampler which tend to have more chocolate notes, heavier mouth feels and are less complex. These are really great as well. Try this or don't! Whatever you do, just try something different today!
June 24, 2014
Morissa, Morrissa, Morrisa…What can I say? Every call I make to the Barefoot roastery is answered by you. Last week. I called inquiring about Barefoot's latest espresso from Papua New Guinea and you whispered in my ear…Fig, Sweet Jam, Cola berry and leather. Leather?! I gasped and my heart raced. I pleaded for her to stop end my agony. She told me to check the mailbox. I paced in front of the office. At 2 pm the mail came. In it was a bag of Barefoot's Arokara Espresso. I ran to my La Marzocco, opened the bag. The smell was heavenly. With a pull of a shot I was launched to the moon. I want you to all know this this is one amazing expresso. I wished for the larger size bag. That 2.5 pounder. Perhaps I will ask Santa for that. Oh dear. Must I sit on his lap?... The espresso was sweet and complex, like Morissa and had that chocolatey earthy body that warms and comforts so nicely in these colder winter months. It punches through the milk well and the fruit makes it a bright and jammy cup. The leather snaps it into shape. Try this espresso. This could be your new favorite.
December 17, 2017
Panama Elida Natural Catuai
(Dir. Trade, Relationship)
$23.95 / 12 oz.
Don your white woven Panama hat and recline in your Sarchi chair. That perfect summertime coffee has arrived! Mike at Klatch coffee has done it again with this phenomenal naturally processed Panama coffee. Panama Elida Natural is not your typical coffee. It is almost like a Geisha type coffee but for a considerably lower price. This beauty produces wonderful sweet berries and floral notes. It has a berryish chocolatey body with a bit of boysenberry and guava. It finishes with an almost banana aftertaste. It is currently the number one favorite coffee of Klatch team member Nzo right now. I have to agree, it is one not to miss.
August 02, 2014
Medium / Dir. Trade, Relationship
Outstanding! I consider myself quite the Aficionado, Klatch Coffee has created an out of this world -- out of body experience in a cup. A recollection: As I peddled my way through Northern Italy on my bicycle, back in my fool-hardy days, I came across an espresso bar and a lovely barista, as sweet and delicate as this, she had balance too, just as this, and has a soft aftertaste -- oh this one is just like Sofia-- ahh... My friends a must have! Not only has Mike produced amazing progeny, including his daughter Heather who is a world Barista Champion, he also produces amazing roasted coffee!
August 02, 2019
Bella Finca coffee is an outstanding creation from Master Roaster Henry Kalebjian. Henry possesses a certain expertise that is rare in the coffee world. He has the unique ability of roasting bold and incredibly flavorful dark coffees without burning the precious beans. This comes from the experience of roasting coffee for over 50 years, as well as fine-tuning every nuance of his technique, having a supreme palate and knowing just when to stop the roasting process. His San Francisco coffee shop on foggy Noriega Street is well known to locals, as well as visitors who stop by from around the world to watch Henry roast. He is now well into his seventies and still roasts six days a week! He’s a proud Armenian man, who was raised in Lebanon. At age 12, he was pulled out of school to learn roasting from his father. He has carried on this family tradition and spent a lifetime honing his skills, passing this knowledge onto his son Hrag, who now works alongside him. These efforts have produced a legacy of great and unique mainstay coffees. Henry’s coffees are not only great black but also pack a powerful punch through milk-based drinks. Bella Finca is a Henry’s number #1 seller and for good reason. It is outstanding brewed black or makes one fantastic bold Italian style espresso. I love its beautiful dark tones, richness, and full bodied qualities along with its wonderful chocolate flavor notes! Without a doubt, this a great choice for fans of a dark cup. This is a must for all to brew. I recommend this with absolute enthusiasm!
April 21, 2016
Dark / Iced Coffee, Fair Trade