Articles About Black Cat Project

October 31, 2014

This week - the New Zealand All Blacks will play the USA Eagles in Chicago's Soldier Field. Rugby isn't too popular in the US yet, despite a strong similarity to NFL, but this game is set to be something special. The All Blacks are one of the best teams in the world and the Eagles are fast creating a reputation as a formidable force. To celebrate the game - we decided to add Flat White to our Chicago menus for the week. We asked our retail educator Andy Atkinson to explain what goes into this well known drink.... Read more »

October 13, 2014

The Big Western coffee competitions wrapped up on Friday and we are extremely proud of our Pasadena shift lead, Sarah Anderson, who won first place in the Southwest Brewers Cup as well as Silverlake manager, Eden-Marie Abramowicz, who took second place in the Barista Competition by just two and a half points.... Read more »

September 17, 2014

Starting the week of September 22, we are launching our line of newly redesigned coffee bags. These new bags are an evolution of our existing bags with some much needed improvements in both look and structure.... Read more »

June 18, 2014

Last year, Good Beer Hunting and Intelligentsia Coffee launched a collaboration exploring the intersection of coffee and beer making called Uppers & Downers. See the whole story on GBH.com.... Read more »

April 21, 2014

As many of you know, cupping is a key function of our daily work at Intelligentsia. We use it to decide which coffees to buy, dialing in roasts, quality assurance, blend constitution, and research and development.... Read more »

November 5, 2013

We knew that our first coffeebar in New York City needed an exceptional bakery program. We were lucky enough to meet Umber Ahmad, baker and founder of Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery | A Colicchio Discovery.... Read more »

October 4, 2013

Coffee Beer — it's a way to start your day, and end it, all at the same time. It's uppers and downers in a glass.

Ten years ago or more, the first coffee beers were undoubtedly stouts and porters — beers with a strong roast character and a charred-bean-like bitterness. Adding coffee to a beer like this seemed almost inevitable. Some of the world's greatest beers, like Three Floyds' Dark Lord and Goose Island's Bourbon County Coffee Stout, are know for turning this art into a science.... Read more »

September 9, 2013

UPDATE: This coffee is now out of stock and will return in the fall of 2014.

The original Sapsucker Espresso Blend—released in December of 2011, was designed around a fully-washed Ethiopia Yirgacheffe. The concept was based on our love of the delicate and complex profile of Ethiopian coffees, and was an attempt to heighten the presence of flavor attributes we loved in an espresso blend, without losing any of the subtly to either roasting approach or extraction parameters.... Read more »

May 1, 2013

The range of colors that can appear in an espresso are remarkable. Knowing what those colors mean, and how the changes in color manifest in your cup can be a little tricky to understand. To help you with this, our team of wholesale educators sat down to provide a visual guide to the various stages in a shot of espresso. The base of every cappuccino or latte, pulling a great espresso is critical to serving delicious drinks in your bar.... Read more »

January 17, 2013

Get a glimpse into how Chris Kornman, a member of our roasting and QC team, ensures Black Cat quality every Friday.

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