While I was in Los Angeles, I took advantage of visiting Klatch Roasting at their San Dimas location.
Their San Dimas location is located off the Orange Freeway beside your typical American strip mall. The space inside was quite big but the layout from a business operational aspect left something to be desired. (Hence why I didn’t take photos.) The girl at the cashier said their daily espresso offerings change daily so I only had the opportunity to try their House Espresso and their famous World’s Best Espresso.
Hefty equipment was used. They sport a Mazzer Super Jolly, an Asotria (unsure of model) but I’m certain it’s a rebranded Mazzer SJ and what appears to be a Mazzer Robur.
Machine used was a La Marzocco.
I ordered a shot of their House Espresso for myself and my grandfather. I found it kind of boring to be honest. As per the taste profile, mainly chocolate and dried fruit. And that was exactly it. The shot didn’t seem as if it was pulled properly because it didn’t look clean but I should know better than to judge an espresso by its looks. I found it strange that they would ask if I wanted my espresso served in a ceramic or paper cup even when I asked to have the drinks for here.
To my dismay, I instantly crossed out their House Espresso off my list and tried their World’s Best Espresso. In comparison to the House Espersso, I much prefer the WBE blend as it was a lot more syrupy, complex, tart and sweeter. Quite honestly, I did not go into looking for the different taste profiles as I was listening to my grandfather explain to me how he used to drink coffee when he was in China during the 50s. Whether the shot I had was pulled to optimal desired results, I will not know so all I can do now is to experiment at home using their extraction parameters.
At the end of it all, I decided to buy a 12oz bag of their WBE and something a little different for my grandfather as my aunt would buy him a huge pack of Folger’s Coffee all the time. Yuck.
We’ll see how things go. I also did not know my grandfather was such a coffee geek himself. I guess it runs in the family.
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