Klatch Coffee – WBC World’s Best Espresso

 

Klatch CoffeeWorld’s Best Espresso

Best Espresso in the world. World’s Best Espresso was awarded Best Espresso in World at 2007 World Barista Championship in Tokyo, Japan. The competition espresso won the honor over 45 competing countries. World’s Best features three legendary beans, Brazil Yellow Bourbon, Sumatra Lake Tawar, and Ethiopian Natural. Each roasted separately then blended together for peak flavor.

On our standard WBC, your first taste is chocolate and citrus with orange being the prominent citrus. Your second and final sip will turn syrupy sweet with wine like berry and spice adding to the mix.

 

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EXTRACTION RECOMMENDATIONS
DOSE: 20 grams [ double ]
TEMPERATURE: 203 degrees
TIME: 26 – 28 seconds
VOLUME: 1.7 – 2.0 oz

REGION: Global
VARIETAL: Various
FARM: Various
ALTITUDE: Varies
FARMER: Various
ROAST: Medium
NOTES:Awarded World’s Best Espresso

Now available at www.emerycoffee.com

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Photos courtesy Klatch Coffee.

 

Klatch Coffee – El Salvador Las Mercedes Pacamara

The King Bean of Central America returns to the gates of Klatch Coffee. The Pacamara variety is a hybrid cross of Maragogype and Pacas varietals.

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Klatch CoffeeEl Salvador Las Mercedes Pacamara

The King Bean of Central America returns to the gates of Klatch Coffee. The Pacamara variety is a hybrid cross of Maragogype and Pacas varietals. This new crop comes from our partner Las Mercedes and uses the traditional wet mill with standard fermentation. This process brings out flavors of chocolate and citrus notes and aroma. The cup offers surprisingly sweet acidity, grapefruit plus traditional herbal notes along with a full body and dark chocolate finish. Cleaner and sweeter then most good Pacamara beans.

What drew Klatch Coffee to Las Mercedes was great coffee, but what we fell in love with was the people, the process, and their passion to make the coffee so great. It begins with hand picking only ripe mature cherries, and then subjecting them to intense screening before depulping to eliminate twigs, leaves and other foreign material. At the wet mill the cherries are received into ceramic tiled ditches, washed with fresh collected rainwater from their own tanks and immediately fed into a pulper, which consists of rotating disks or cylinders, each one fitted with adjustable knives. These are designed to separate the bean from the flesh of the fruit while leaving each bean intact in its parchment envelope. They then dry the coffee on clay patios to ensure even drying.

The same care and consideration invested in the coffee is invested into the Las Mercedes community. The Ortiz Family has always been devoted to taking care of those who have helped in their success, by providing clothing, food and health care. In addition, Las Mercedes is constantly making efforts to preserve natural wild life by taking special care of the disposal of by-products from the mill in order to avoid contamination also, in compliance with our certifications, chemical and pesticides are carefully store and managed by trained personnel, avoiding intoxication and contamination. In the last years, a great effort has been made in planting native trees to preserve these species.

Finca Las Mercedes is a beautiful coffee farm with dedicated owners who care for their community, their workers, the environment and, nonetheless, seek to provided specialty coffee. We are proud to offer this limited Direct Trade coffee that is also Rainforest Alliance Certified. As part of our Direct Trade contract, 25 cents of every pound is given back to fund community sports programs and Los Ortiz medical clinic. To read more about Los Ortiz medical clinic please visit cafelasmercedes.com/dispensary.asp.

Now available at www.emerycoffee.com

*Photo courtesy of Klatch Coffee

Klatch Coffee – Papua New Guinea AAK Bros

Papua New Guinea is responsible for approximately 1% of world coffee production. This is an elegant and multifaceted bean that offers bright and sweet notes of lemon, orange and hazelnuts in aroma and cup.

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Papua New Guinea is responsible for approximately 1% of world coffee production. “Quality of coffee produced in Papua New Guinea has received a boost in recent times with emphasis on setting up wet factories supported by adequate checks and assurances of excellence through a testing process in well equipped laboratories,” according to Wikipedia and evidenced here.

This is an elegant and multifaceted bean that offers bright and sweet notes of lemon, orange and hazelnuts in aroma and cup. It has a light and creamy texture that can be enjoyed hot or iced.

If you thought PNG was a unique coffee origin, then you’re in for a doozy with this AAK lot. AAK is the umbrella organization tying together 3 coops across the Western and Eastern Highlands – Apo, Anga and Konga Cooperatives, each of the 3 words meaning “brother” in local languages.

In a country whose coffee growers are famously independent and who have not traditionally formed many cooperatives or producer organizations, AAK is a newly formed body introducing radical practices to improve coffee quality and livelihoods.

klatch-coffee-PAP_NEW_GUI_AAK_BRO-2Coffee is its main economic activity, but AAK is much more. Its self-described holistic approach includes activities ranging from financial planning, to banking (mobile payment partnership with BSP Bank), to gender equality, to health, to education. On the coffee front (that’s why you’re reading this, right?), AAK takes a very localized approach to organization and coffee quality. 81 “base camps” across member areas form as community centers.

Each base camp servers as a training center for quality growing and processing practices, and 59 (and growing) are outfitted with tool sheds where members can rent supplies for use on their farms. While rich in expertise and ideas, AAK has only recently been able to open its own washing stations. It currently manages 3 stations, each quite small but well staffed with knowledgeable machinists and coffee handlers. Each station serves a handful of nearby base camps (currently base camps not near a washing station home-process and deliver parchment).

REGION: Goroka
VARIETAL: Bourbon
FARM: AAK Brothers Umbrella Cooperative
ALTITUDE: 1550 – 2100 M
FARMER: Apo, Anga and Konga Cooperatives
ROAST: Medium
NOTE: Wet Process

Now available at www.emerycoffee.com

Photos courtesy of Klatch Coffee.

Kona/Ka’u Hawaiian Espresso Blend

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This new espresso is a collaboration between Mike Perry (roastmaster) and Miguel Meza (developer), highlighting the sweet and delicate flavors of this magical bean. With keen attention to quality control, component coffees have been selected from Kona and Ka’u on the Big Island, Maui, Oahu and Molokai. In the 100% Hawaiian espresso blend, Miguel has highlighted the characteristics admired in island coffees; mild, sweet and syrupy with subtle notes of red fruit, macadamia nuts and brandy nuances. The acidity is pleasant and restrained, resulting in an approachable straight shot even at lighter roasts. Since 2007, Miguel has been a top developer of specialty Hawaiian coffees.

REGION: Regional Blend (Kona, Ka’u)
VARIETAL: Caturra, Catuai, Typica
FARM: Various
ALTITUDE: 1500 – 2000 M
DEVELOPER: Miguel Meza
ROAST: Medium – Dark
NOTES: Washed process, Natural dried

Now available at Emery Coffee.

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FTO Ethiopian Gedeo Worka

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Photo courtesy of Klatch Coffee.

One of our most popular coffee returns to Klatch! Our new crop offers an abundance of fine flavors from the birthplace of coffee. This is the bowl of berries we come to expect from a clean Ethiopian Natural. It’s composed of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries along with its additional notes of bing cherries and the unexpected tropical fruit nuances. Overall, the subtle hints of vanilla and slight cocoa powder hold the flavors together, providing a bright acidity within a creamy and juicy body.

Ethiopians are proud to claim coffee as having been first discovered growing wild in their majestic highlands. With the coffee ceremony foundation to their national culture, Ethiopians cherish coffee as both a drink which unites the nation, and a treasure to share with sharp coffee drinkers from every corner of the world.

Fed by fresh mountain water, and matured through ‘thirteen months’ of sunshine, the rich resonance and variety of the sundried coffees contrast with the delightful floral and aromatic flavors of the natural coffees to provide an unrivaled range of tastes, highly esteemed by many and fully loving up to their reputation as outstanding specialty coffee.

This coffee was sourced by Mike, earlier this year during his Ethiopian Cupping Caravan Trip. This caravan brought 24 international coffee buyers face to face with the people who grow some of the best coffee in the world. The cupping caravan was an exploratory trip designed to benefit coffee professionals on both ends of the chain, from farmers to roasters.

Coffee Reviewed scored Ethiopian Gedeo Worka 92 points, there blind assessment was stated as: “big, syrupy mouthfeel and a long, deeply resonant finish particularly distinguish this coffee, but the rich acidity is impressive too, as are the sweetly pungent aromatics: fir, dark chocolate, cherry, almond.”

Gedeo Worka was awarded with a Good Food Award Gold Seal in 2012. Nicknamed the “Oscars” of food, the Good Food Awards were created to honor food and drink producers who have demonstrated a commitment to building a ‘tasty,’ authentic, and responsible food system that honors farmers and producers.

REGION: Gedeo
VARIETAL: Heirloom
FARM: Worka
ALTITUDE: 1750 – 2400 M
FARMER: Co-ops
ROAST: Medium
NOTE: 92 pts by Coffeee Review, 2012 Good Food Award

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Colombia La Virgen

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Photo courtesy of Klatch Coffee.

On December 12, 1715, Dona Francisca Salazar Valdez, daughter of a very wealthy Spanish landowner named Francisco de Salazar y Barrios y Petronilla Valdes, donated 3 hectares of their Hacienda to build a town that was to be named in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe. During most of the 18th century, the small town with a small church near the Suaza river was known as La Viciosa. A huge earthquake struck on November 16, 1827 and completely destroyed the town but caused few deaths. A year later, the town was rebuilt on nearby grounds and renamed Guadalupe to honor the Virgin that protected them from the earthquake.

Guadalupe is located in the valley of the Suaza River, about 2 hours south of Neiva, on the route to Florencia, the capital of the department of Caqueta.

The idea was to create a coffee growers association in the municipality of Guadalupe came from 4 coffee growers from the vereda La Esperanza: Javier Joven Penagos, Javier Figueroa Nunez, Fernando Guzman and Pablo Cuellar. In June 2003 these 4 gentlemen organized a meeting with some other coffee growers of the region and presented to them the idea to create a group with the objective of improving their income and their quality of life through the joint commercialization of their coffee. By offering higher volumes of coffee to exporters, they could achieve higher prices.

Throughout the years, the group has managed to develop a few programs with the objective of obtaining certifications, improving their quality of life and helping preserve the environment.

The group today has about 100 members and during 2011, they sold 400,000 kg of parchment coffees to several exporters, mainly coffee RFA and Cafe Practices. Javier Joven Penagos, one of the funding members, is the current president of the group.

La Virgen offers a wonderful representation of what Colombian coffees are all about. It has an elevated floral, perfume-like fragrance, a balanced body and acidity with flavors of citrus and cherry.

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Colombia Giraldo Exotico

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In the central northwestern part of Colombia, known as the coffee belt, coffee is produced year round with certain peaks. This coffee in grown high in the Andean mountains of Antioquia. Photo courtesy of Klatch Coffee. Please leave your thoughts and comments below.