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

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$14.99When purchased online

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.

Specifications

Contains: Does Not Contain Any of the 8 Major Allergens

State of Readiness: Ingredient

Dietary Needs: Direct Trade Certified

Coffee Bean Type: Arabica Beans

Package Quantity: 1

Caffeine claim 1: Caffeinated

Coffee roast 1: Medium Roast

Coffee variety 1: 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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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.
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Shipping details

Estimated ship dimensions: 8.01 inches length x 4.12 inches width x 2.96 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 - 6 years ago
  • A: It was whole bean when I got it.

    submitted bykirakira - 6 years ago
  • A: It's whole bean.

    submitted byLucyBree - 6 years ago
3.4 out of 5 stars with 86 reviews
56% would recommend
53 recommendations
quality: 3.41 out of 5
value: 3.17 out of 5
taste: 3.35 out of 5

Best beans in store!

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
GB - 2 months ago, Verified purchaser
If you are making espresso, these beans are the way to go. We used these at my coffee shop in STL and they are just so goood.
taste: 5 out of 5
value: 4 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
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Not very good.

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Ari - 2 months ago
This coffee sucks. It tastes extremely weak. You can tell it is weak from the color (a lightish brown); it looks and tastes more like tea than coffee. Have tried to grind it multiple ways and it does not help. Would never recommend to anyone who actually likes coffee.
value: 1 out of 5
taste: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
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Not At All What I Was Expecting

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Edward - 3 months ago
I had tried another type of intelligentsia and I absolutely hated it! I said maybe I'll give this "Espresso Dark Roast" a shot. Beans smelled great, packaging looked like it meant business and there was that flavorless watery coffee taste again. The beans are light colored, I have never seen a coffee bean this color before. I will never try another variety of this brand again. I don't think they get it right.
quality: 2 out of 5
taste: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
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One of the best coffees if made correctly

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
IRYNA MALETSKA - 3 months ago, Verified purchaser
I am really surprized by the negative reviews, and I think people just don't make this coffee correctly. You may have to play with it first couple times making it to get to the right grind setting, amount and pressing, but it's so worth it. This coffee along with one more have been my favorite for the last 6 years. The flavor is amazing, and the fact that it's mild, not overpowering, just makes is so perfect. The strenghth of the coffee is just right as well - it's not too weak if made correctly. It has to be considered that this cofffe is for espresso machine.
quality: 5 out of 5
taste: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
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This is not a good espresso.

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Ajholzworth - 4 months ago, Verified purchaser
Terribly weak, this is coming from a former barista that knows how to make espresso. No matter what I do I can not get this to be anything but weak flavored. Even the roast on the beans looks too light. Go With Ily for a similar price point and much better coffee
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vile waste if money

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
bill - 4 months ago, Verified purchaser
this coffee is awful. no matter what I've tried could not get it dialed in to produce anything other than nasty sour week garbage. 18g dose, 30 second extraction, 38g of espresso, 200 degrees. was undrinkably nasty. I wish I could get a refund.
quality: 1 out of 5
taste: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
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Favorite

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Teagirl - 5 months ago, Verified purchaser
I love this. Make an Americano most days with it.
quality: 5 out of 5
value: 4 out of 5
taste: 5 out of 5
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FRESH is key.

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
ite03 - 5 months ago
Great espresso IF FRESH.
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Terrible Coffee

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Popsforthepeople - 6 months ago, Verified purchaser
The flavor was almost no existent the smell of the bag really really tricks you
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Wonderful espresso

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Barista - 6 months ago, Verified purchaser
As a barista who also has a coffee-snob for a husband and a coffee-obsessed extended family, I can tell you that this is the best espresso we’ve found anywhere. The negative reviews puzzled me, till I started realizing that a common theme is “it’s weak.” Most likely, reviewers are not making their espresso correctly. This is a common issue. It has to be ground on a specific espresso grind level, which is fine. It cannot be tamped either too tightly (the water won’t permeate through) or too loosely (not enough grounds then, making the shot weak), but in-between. Fresh grind this, it does lose freshness if it’s not ground right before making in individual batches. It does have a somewhat fruity taste, but if done correctly, this espresso is amazing. My whole family (my brothers and myself all have our own manual espresso machines) love this stuff. Oh, one more note: if you’re trying to use this in a keurig, in a regular coffee pot, in a French press, or even in an automatic espresso maker (where you just press a button for your shot, as opposed to filling, tamping, and pulling the shot manually yourself), it will most likely come out badly. That’s because this is an espresso roast, specifically designed for espresso handling. If you don’t know how to do it right, I wouldn’t suggest using this. It’s a high-quality, very-flavorful bean with a good amount of fruitiness and acidity, which does taste bad if done wrong. I know— even having worked several years as a barista, I’ve prepped it wrong a few times while distracted at home (wrong grind, packed too tight or too loose, etc.). Best coffee tips I can give for any good cup of coffee: 1. learn about your machine and buy coffee that is meant for it. 2. Figure out how to make good espresso, from selection to grind to pulling the shot. YouTube has good videos. It’s a little more complex than people think; but also not as hard as it sounds: you just need to learn a few important points to make it good.
value: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
taste: 5 out of 5
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Acidic and Sour

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Squirrelgrrl - 6 months ago, Verified purchaser
This had a very acidic flavor, it seemed high quality from the packaging, but even with making it pour over style it was undrinkable.
taste: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
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Worst espresso

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Seesa - 6 months ago, Verified purchaser
It makes terrible coffee. Literally the worst coffee I’ve ever tasted. We had been using kurig and nespresso for years and just bought a brand new coffee pot and thought something was wrong with the new coffee pot. We put in different beans and it was just this terrible coffee.
quality: 1 out of 5
taste: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
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easy going espresso

4 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
kelly - 7 months ago, Verified purchaser
bought this to use with my breville espresso machine. consistent pulls and results. i thought it would be darker but it tastes very light, low acidity and not bitter at all. wish it was more fresh as it was only few weeks away from the best by date.
quality: 4 out of 5
taste: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
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Not good for espresso

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
NOT GOOD ESPRESSO - 7 months ago, Verified purchaser
You can brew this coffee but definitely not for espresso; it is just like black tea.
taste: 2 out of 5
value: 4 out of 5
quality: 2 out of 5
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Fragrant, tasy, strong

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Mattresspurchaser - 7 months ago, Verified purchaser
I think that most of the negative reviews are from people who don’t know how to make espresso. I find this to be a fantastic roast and have always gotten great shots from it.
taste: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
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Delectable flavor with a perfect roast.

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Rotten2thecorby - 8 months ago, Verified purchaser
Delectable flavor with a perfect roast. It’s made with dry beans that won’t damage your espresso machine. It’ seems more like a medium roast than dark, which means the caffeine content will be higher but if you are used to a dark roast flavor it will taste weaker. A lot of people think that the stronger(over roasted/burnt) flavor means more caffeine but the opposite is true. The longer the bean is roasted, the more caffeine it loses from the bean. A medium roast is a good middle ground if you like the flavor but want a lot of caffeine. This is that perfect roast.
value: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
taste: 5 out of 5
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One of the best at home Espressos!

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
ChicagoGirl84 - 8 months ago, Verified purchaser
If you appreciate real espresso, this is one of the best I’ve had in the states! It is rich, smooth and has that slight bitter taste (when made with an espresso pot) that you only get in Italy or in really good coffee shops here!
quality: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
taste: 5 out of 5
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may be the worst bag of coffee ive ever purchased

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
PaytonT - 8 months ago
I bought this because it said espresso blend and I just got my first espresso maker. I've been really confused as to why my espresso has been so terrible and I kept thinking, what am I doing wrong? then I got on here and realized I'm not the only one who thinks this stuff is awful. it's not me, turns out it's just WEAK COFFEE no matter what you do. don’t bother with it.
taste: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
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It sure is made from coffee beans

2 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Mark - 9 months ago
Espresso made with it was bland. Beans were not oily at all. After going through the grinder it was basically just coffee dust. Was nearly impossible to tamp to the right density despite grinding to the same size of every other espresso I’ve ever tried. Tamping into a puck made it too dense and it couldn’t be infused. Only tamping slightly made it not stick together and caused excessive splash back into the espresso maker during infusion. The super oily espresso beans you can get in a can for $5.99 work better.
quality: 2 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
taste: 2 out of 5
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Not good

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Miguel - 9 months ago, Verified purchaser
Sour. Least liked espresso blend from target so far
quality: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
taste: 1 out of 5
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