I visited Klatch Coffee in Redondo Beach, CA not too long ago, but ironically didn't buy any coffee. At the time, my wife and our friend wanted a pick-me-up, but I decided to forego coffee that afternoon.
That was probably a mistake.
Klatch has made a pretty big name for itself in Specialty Coffee, with accolades like micro-roaster of the year (Roast Magazine) and the World's Best Espresso back in 2007 at the World Barista Championship in Japan.
At the time of my visit, one of the baristas was passionately pitching me on a Panamanian Geisha he claimed was "ferment processed" (did he mean natural?) and a winner in the recent WBC.
$18 a cup...
I opted out and carried on with my day. I tried my wife's coffee, it was indeed, delicious.
When I returned to San Francisco I had an impending delivery from Mistobox. And waddaya know...it was coming from Klatch Coffee.
And that finally brings us to today's review of Klatch Coffee's Original Christmas blend.
General Notes & Observations
Country of Origin: Ethiopia
Variety: Indigenous heirloom
Processing method: Natural
Growing altitude: Unknown
Roaster aroma notes: None
Coffee Concierge aroma notes: Blueberry
Roaster tasting notes: Chocolate, blueberry, blackberry
Coffee Concierge tasting notes: Blackberry, coconut
Brew Methods & Equipment Used
Kalita Wave 185
Bonavita Immersion Dripper
Brewista Variable Temperature Kettle
Breville Smart Grinder Pro
Kruve Coffee Sifter
American Weigh Scales LB-3000
Drip Coffee Experience
In terms of flavor profile, the Original Christmas is about what you'd expect from a naturally processed Ethiopian like this. Strong blueberry notes over-powered most of the coffee's other flavors, which occasionally teased my palate.
Some of those additional flavors included coconut, chocolate, and the occasional floral note.
I brewed this coffee across a wide range of drip coffeemakers, and it was pretty consistent throughout.
Basically, lots of blueberry flavor with a decent amount of body.
The name of this coffee is pretty arbitrary in my opinion, since I'm happy to drink natural Ethiopian coffees at any point in the year. Still, I could see how it instills feelings of warm fuzziness, especially if you aren't use to this kind of coffee.
Though it is a blend, it could have easily fooled me into thinking it was a single-origin. This was probably because I expected a bit more complexity out of it, when instead I consistently got the same flavor notes in every cup.
At the end of the day, I guess this is one of the things that makes blends work. They're balanced, forgiving, and consistent across brew methods.
How's that for a sweeping generalization?
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