|San Dimas, California
|Sidamo Province, southern Ethiopia
Sweet, lyric fruit in the aroma: cherry, chocolate-toned blueberry. The fruit mutes in the small cup but the underlying structure is pleasing: rich, intense, medium-bodied and silky in mouthfeel. The berry notes carry into the slightly heavy finish. The blueberry character fattens nicely in milk, though the chocolate side of the flavor complex remains a bit tight and restrained.
This is a dry-processed or "natural" coffee, meaning the beans are dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or "washed" coffees. As with the finest dry-processed coffees from Ethiopia, the fruit fermented slightly and sweetly during drying, contributing a wild but elegant chocolate-blueberry character. Coffee Klatch is an award-winning small-batch roasting company in the Los Angeles area whose resident barista and trainer, Heather Perry, won the 2003 United States Barista Championship brewing Coffee Klatch's Klatch Espresso. Visit www.klatchroasting.com or call 877-455-2824 for more information.
Who Should Drink It
Those who prefer excitement to balance.
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This review originally appeared in the October, 2006 tasting report: Readers' Choice Espressos