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
Ahhh…The thought of coffees from the Huila region of Colombia make me smile in anticipation. Colombian coffees have a wonderful reputation as being mild and well balanced in the cup. Olympia’s San Sebastian Reserva is no exception. Creamy and smooth notes of caramel, baked apple and panela make this a great sweet and mellow drink-all-day-coffee. When roasters and farmers work together, they can do great things. The San Sebastian Reserva Project promotes long lasting quality focused relationships between farmer and roaster. A staff cupper in Colombia ensures quality by cupping 100’s of samples. The best and freshest crops that command attention are sent to Olympia. This beautiful washed coffee from OCCICAFE won Olympia’s heart. Try it and it will win yours. It does not have to be Valentine's Day to fall in love.
March 10, 2016
Medium / Dir. Trade, Relationship
Everyone knows that New York does everything big. Dallis Bros. really hit the mark creating a big city espresso that would be worthy of the Big Apple. Yes, it's big and bold, just like the city. It has panache! It is unapologetic and produces crema filled espresso shots that really pack a punch. The sweet and smoky bittersweet chocolate notes are delivered in a heavy body. It is great! One taste of this classic espresso and you are sure to put this on your go-to list in a New York minute!
February 05, 2016
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
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
Every coffee has a story and Big Truck Espresso is no exception. Inspired by his childhood memories, roaster Oliver Stormshak learned to drive in his Grandpa Joe's green 1955 Chevy Truck. As he grew into a man, Grandpa Joe was a mainstay in his life and has remained a great role model who has inspired him ever since. He taught him life lessons and the importance of hard work. This has helped make Oliver the great roaster he is today. This commitment to excellence rewarded Olympia with the 2013 Roaster Of The Year Award. Oliver and crew created Big Truck Espresso to be Olympia's flagship espresso and it does not disappoint. It's a classic, just like Grandpa Joe and that 55 Chevy. It is always great, memorable and consistent. A solid, big bodied espresso with sweet chocolate notes and a dense fruity finish. Big Truck is a mix of beautiful organic coffees that are often washed, honeyed or natural. They change from season to season but it is an espresso you can always count on to deliver. Grandpa Joe eventually sold the truck but the memories live on in Big Truck Espresso.
November 03, 2014
Medium / Organic, Fair Trade
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
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
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