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Intelligentsia Direct Trade Black Cat Classic Espresso Roast Dark Roast Whole Bean Coffee -12oz

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About this item

Highlights

  • Contains one (1) 12 Ounce Bag of Intelligentsia Black Cat Classic Espresso Whole Bean Coffee.
  • Black Cat Classic Espresso: This syrupy sweet espresso blend has been the staple of our lineup since the very beginning. Supreme balance and a wonderful sweetness make our Black Cat Espresso truly a classic.
  • Direct Trade: Our commitment to direct trade allows us to cut out unnecessary importers and exporters, and enables us to truly partner with our growers to bring you the sweetest coffees in the world.
  • How to Brew: For espresso, we recommend a fine grind and your finished espresso should weigh 2.5 times as much as your coffee dose, which provides an excellent total extraction and maximizes flavor.
  • Seasonality: The components of our blends change throughout the year to incorporate new arrivals. We ensure freshness and optimize quality while the profiles remain consistent.
  • Intelligentsia Coffee has a new look. Packaging may vary for a limited time as we transition.

Description

Intelligentsia Black Cat Classic is our flagship espresso blend and has been a staple in our line since the day we opened back in 1995. Designed to be a manifestation of Intelligentsia’s style and substance, it's hallmarks are sweetness, cleanliness, and complexity. It's an 100% Arabica Coffee with notes of dark chocolate, ripe cherry and brown sugar. A perfect complement to that scone or a nice glazed donut. Our commitment to quality and our Direct Trade mission mean our blend origins change throughout the year to incorporate the freshest offerings. Since 1995, Intelligentsia has been placing a deep emphasis on sourcing the most exquisite coffee available on Earth, paying a fair price for that coffee, roasting it with purpose and precision, and connecting with the community, both in their hometown of Chicago and around the globe to help shape the coffee industry and deliver the most extraordinary coffees.
Contains: Does Not Contain Any of the 9 Major Allergens
Dietary Needs: Direct Trade Certified
Coffee Bean Type: Arabica Beans
Package Quantity: 1
Caffeine claim: Caffeinated
Coffee roast: Medium Roast
Coffee variety: Source Varies
Net weight: 12 Ounces
TCIN: 15354287
UPC: 800222120124
Item Number (DPCI): 231-10-1392
Origin: Assem USA w/foreign/dom. parts
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Shipping details

Estimated ship dimensions: 2.96 inches length x 4.12 inches width x 8.01 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.79 pounds

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Q: Hi, Just wondering if this coffee is whole bean or ground. It's listed under whole bean, but says ground in the heading. Thank You

submitted by Deborah - 8 years ago
  • A: It was whole bean when I got it.

    submitted bykirakira - 8 years ago
  • A: It's whole bean.

    submitted byLucyBree - 8 years ago
3.4 out of 5 stars with 124 reviews
50% would recommend
77 recommendations
taste: 3.16 out of 5
value: 2.97 out of 5
quality: 3.26 out of 5

Not a dark roast...questioning tastebuds of other reviewer's "great" espresso

2 out of 5 stars
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TS - 25 days ago, Verified purchaser
Honestly...this is not even close to a dark roast. I'm not against a lighter roast, but I'd like to be aware of it before I buy it. Calling it dark and "espresso" is super misleading. The smell of the beans are the first hint it's not a dark roast. The flavor produces a profile similar to other light roast espressos - heavily acidic/sour indicitive of under-extraction. It's really difficult to make a super drinkable light roast espresso at home unless the beans are fresh/well roasted, and your machine(and grinder!) is in the upper end of most people's needs. I have a mid level machine (~$500) that has been modded to brew a really, really solid home espresso, and it struggles to produce anything that isn't just aggressively bright. I pull a 1:3 ratio or slightly longer, and I can make it at least tolerable. I'm questioning the ability of other reviewers to actually brew a legit lighter roast espresso on a home machine. Maybe they have professional equipment and just failed to note that in their review - which is definitely important, but if you were that serious, you would know the pitfalls of a lighter roast well enough to note them in the review. If you have to drink this roast after you've purchased it, one thing I've noticed that helps produce a slightly better cup is to use a paper filter at the base of the basket. This works in 2 ways; it increases flow rate so it allows you to ultimately grind finer, and it will trap some of the rough edges of the flavor profile. For whatever reason, my ~$100 basic machine seems to do slightly better with this setup...and I mean slightly. I suspect it might have to do with the slightly longer pre-infusion. If you're adding milk or cream to this, sure it's probably fine because it will cut that acidity. I do think it makes an *okay* Americano or a slightly longer lungo, if you're into that.
taste: 2 out of 5
quality: 2 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
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Overpriced and under-delivered

2 out of 5 stars
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sydney - 2 months ago, Verified purchaser
I stepped out of my comfort zone of Sprout’s organic beans ($12/lb) to try this “high-end” roaster ($17/lb). Just look at how dried out and under roasted the beans are (left) compared to the way fresh beans should appear (right). Poor quality and even worse taste. Never again.
value: 1 out of 5
quality: 2 out of 5
taste: 2 out of 5
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As a barista, not a fan

1 out of 5 stars
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Kathleen - 2 months ago, Verified purchaser
I bought this to use in my espresso machine at home, since i wanted to branch out and try something besides starbucks blonde. However, the espresso shots i got from this machine were pathetic looking - light and watery with hardly any crema on top and hardly any coffee flavor at all when added to a latte. I tried grinding the beans finer, then coarser, and it seems to make very little difference.
quality: 1 out of 5
taste: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
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Virgin Cruise Flat White

5 out of 5 stars
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Wandering Chick - 5 months ago, Verified purchaser
This is the same coffee they use on the Virgin Cruise line. I had 1-2 flat whites with oat milk a day. I make them at home I use this with my aeropress and oat milk. Just as good.
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Terrible coffee

1 out of 5 stars
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Js - 6 months ago, Verified purchaser
Wanted try new coffee. Big disappointment. Didn’t taste good. Won’t be purchasing this again.
quality: 1 out of 5
taste: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
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SOLID! Great robust taste and well balanced.

5 out of 5 stars
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AAAA - 7 months ago, Verified purchaser
Well balanced and good solid flavor. Used in two different espresso machines, for espresso shots. Grinds well and not oily. If you're not getting a good brew from this adjust your methods. A+
quality: 5 out of 5
taste: 5 out of 5
value: 4 out of 5
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Dont bother taste like dirty water

1 out of 5 stars
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Jamieabel - 9 months ago
Horrible! Do not bother. I made this in my espresso pot and it was light and tasted like dirty water. I then re ground it as fine as possible, still bad. Finally I thought let me try in in my coffee pot, still nope. Buy cafe bustello and save yourself the money
taste: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
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I was disappointed with the quality.

2 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Coffee review - 10 months ago
Not at all espresso beans. The taste was not good even though the roasting date was 2 weeks old.
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Not good espresso

2 out of 5 stars
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BeksFletch - 11 months ago, Verified purchaser
Nope. This ain’t it! I normally use local espresso beans but I was in a pinch and picked these up. They do not make a good cup of espresso at all. For reference, I have the Breville Barista express. It’s not a strong cup and it’s more bitter than bold. It might make a good cup of coffee, maybe, but not espresso. I didn’t tell my spouse beforehand that I used different beans and when I asked how it was, he also wasn’t a fan.
taste: 1 out of 5
value: 3 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
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Wonderful espresso shot

5 out of 5 stars
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R - 11 months ago, Verified purchaser
Made the best espresso I’ve had since owning my machine. I was using Blue Bottle and made a change to this and I love the flavors. Never used for pour over so I can’t vouch for that. From what I’ve seen, not so good. But it’s a brilliant espresso.
value: 5 out of 5
taste: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
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Watery taste

1 out of 5 stars
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Candace - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Really doesn’t taste like a dark roast. Very watery and light tasting, no matter how it was brewed. Super upsetting since I wanted to like it
quality: 1 out of 5
taste: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
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Great coffee is not the result of chance

3 out of 5 stars
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Chocolate Lover - 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this coffee, but I honestly didn’t. I’ll preface by saying that I don’t make espresso so I was just brewing it for a standard cup of coffee, but it seems that other reviewers who used it for espresso weren’t so satisfied either. The flavor just wasn’t there. Also awfully light for a “dark” roast.
value: 2 out of 5
quality: 4 out of 5
taste: 2 out of 5
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Great

5 out of 5 stars
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Coffeelover - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Great smooth flavor. This is my absolute favorite espresso to use in my Jura espresso machine.
quality: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
taste: 5 out of 5
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Only expresso beans I use

5 out of 5 stars
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Hollie - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Our local coffee shop serves this coffee and it is such a treat when I get a latte there. It makes me so happy I can buy the coffee beans locally at my Target and brew at home.
taste: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
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AMAZING for espresso!!

5 out of 5 stars
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zzz - 1 year ago
These beans are delicious for espresso. I would say they are more of a medium/light roast. I find them very delicious! I can’t speak to how they are in drip coffee but 10/10 for espresso!
value: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
taste: 5 out of 5
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Awful!!!!

1 out of 5 stars
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Ksil123 - 1 year ago
If you like dark coffee.. DO NOT BUY THIS! This was the lightest coffee I’ve ever seen. It was basically water. I had to add two shots of espresso to try to save this coffee. I ended up throwing out the rest of the bag. Worst coffee ever.
quality: 1 out of 5
taste: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
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Terrible flavor

1 out of 5 stars
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Maria - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Got it on sale and it was still a terrible waste. So flavorless and burnt tasting at the same time.
quality: 1 out of 5
taste: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
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Coffee at home

5 out of 5 stars
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alondrah - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
my favorite for cappucinos at home!!
taste: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
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Worst coffee I've ever bought

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Sukiuki - 1 year ago
It's extremely light, dry, thin... it has no sustenance. The grounds got stuck in my Moka Pot. That's never happened before with any coffee!
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Great espresso!

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Ilovecoffee - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
I loved this coffee! We used it in our at home espresso maker and the espresso was delicious. We have bought more since trying it. It is a bold and intense flavor.
quality: 5 out of 5
taste: 5 out of 5
value: 4 out of 5
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