What I'm Drinking (Klatch Coffee - Poizon)

November 16, 2011

This is the fourth post on the coffees I’m working my way through. This time it’s going to be Klatch’s limited edition blend Poizon (it’s no longer available,  but I thought I’d post my thoughts for the next time they offer it).







It comes in the standard Klatch bag, which is to say that it comes in a solid valved bag. It was a tad disappointing that they didn’t have some halloween imagery on it, but I’ll live.


Normally I’d discuss where this blend comes from, but I have no idea. Klatch’s funny (scary?) descriptions obscure all of that information. The description from the website has the following imagery: “notes of sweet tobacco, bittersweet chocolate, and that one flavor that keeps you coming back for more.”


This coffee was “ok.” To be clear, I didn’t care for it at all at first but I grew to appreciate it. This was one of those coffees that it took me a while to dial in the preparation.

Drip Coffee

The beans were prepared using a burr grinder and brewed using a standard drip coffee maker (think one in the $12-$15 range). Worked out ok, I could taste the bittersweet chocolate overtones for sure, but it has a bit of an unpleasant aftertaste.

Aeropress (Coffee)

The beans were prepared using a burr grinder and brewed via Aeropress. This is where it took me a while to figure out the variables. First off, I had to increase my brew temperature to closer to boiling, the cup was too weak at my usual 190F range. Also, I had to increase the brew time by about 30 seconds.

Aeropress (Mocha)


The beans were prepared using a burr grinder and brewed via Aeropress (with 1% milk/Ghirardelli White Chocolate Powder). This is where the blend fell flat in my opinion, I just felt the taste with 2% milk didn’t work for me. Maybe something stronger like half and half would be better.
Conclusion


The Poizon blend isn’t a bad coffee by any means, and once I dialed in the method it’s a bold, interesting dark roast. While I didn’t personally like it as much as Klatch’s other offerings, the other people I served it to seemed to enjoy it.



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