Ask anyone, and you will find that they never forget their first. A memory from long ago that even today is never far from my mind. Her name was Belle Espresso, a friend brought her to my house one evening, knowing that we should meet. He was right. She had a medium body and looked just my type. With a come hither look, I picked her up and carried her to my coffee machine. I surrendered and closed my eyes. I could not resist her aroma… Brandy, Chocolate and Caramel and how lovely she looked glistening with oil. I had to have her. Steam excitedly shot from my machine wand as I pulled myself a shot! As I brought Belle to my lips, I wondered how many others knew her and if they felt the same about her, as I did... It was at that moment I knew that coffee was not just coffee, it was so much more and I would never forget her. That beautiful Belle is Klatch’s Belle Espresso and her memory will never fade away.
September 16, 2013
Medium Dark / Iced Coffee
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
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
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