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This syrupy and sweet espresso blend has been the staple of our lineup since the very beginning. It is a product of intensive lot selection and close, direct work with the farmers who produce its components. Supreme balance and a wonderful sweetness make this a classic.

  • SKU 300011
  • Country Brazil, Costa Rica
  • In Season No
  • Direct Trade Yes
  • Single Origin No
  • USDA organic No
  • Harvest Year 2016
Direct Trade 1
Prep Temp 200 F
Prep Time 25 - 30 sec
Prep Dose 18 - 18.5 g
Prep Volume 34 - 40 g
Stone FruitDark SugarsDark Chocolate

Black Cat Classic Espresso

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, its hallmarks are sweetness, cleanliness, and complexity.

Upon initial visual inspection, a buoyant, thick crema the color of chocolate and hazelnut rests atop a reddish-black stout-like body. The blend is intricate enough to stand alone, pulling balanced, full-bodied shots rife with caramel and candy-sweetness, topped by clean red fruit and mild citrus flavors. The experience expands the more is sipped, and drinkers will notice that the final sips of a shot are the sweetest and most syrupy. However, it is versatile enough to cut through steamed milk in a latte or perfectly balance a traditional cappuccino. Black Cat in a macchiato provides an elegant structure and provides an appropriate decadence for any affogato.

It’s no accident that our signature espresso is our most popular coffee. Once crafted as a 2-part blend of dry and wet process Brazilian coffee, it has since evolved and become more refined – we now carefully source and purchase pulped natural Brazilian coffees to form a creamy thick base layer and a caramelized sweet center with plenty of body. Added to the mix is a fully washed selection from one of our Direct Trade partnerships in Latin America, which rotates seasonally based on availability and flavor. This provides the high-notes: a mild citric acidity with clean red fruit flavor and a hint of a sparkling mouthfeel.

Tested regularly by our education and quality control teams, Black Cat Classic is an ongoing project that is subject to close inspection throughout its lifespan. Ultimately, after all, espresso is simply a form of brewing coffee… and we believe unequivocally that the best coffees will undoubtedly make the best espressos. We’re not claiming perfection: we’re pursuing it. Black Cat is a thrilling chase that begins with thoughtful cultivation, discerning sourcing, artisanal roasting, methodical research and development, and ends with nothing short of complete satisfaction.

Espresso

Espresso

All home and commercial espresso machines.

Turkish Grind

Turkish Grind

If you need a little bit coarser grind for your espresso machine or utilize this favorite preparation in eastern Europe.

Stovetop Espresso

Stovetop Espresso

Moka pots and stovetop espresso kettles need a very fine grind.

Cone Filter - Paper

Cone Filter - Paper

Most automatic and electric brewers utilize this grind setting.

Cone Filter - Gold

Cone Filter - Gold

Automatic brewers with reusable mesh filters, or a Kone manual brewing insert.

Universal

Universal

If you're buying for a friend, or are just not sure - this is a good grind for most drip brewers.

Technivorm

Technivorm

We found this excellent automatic brewer needed a bit coarser grind than other cone filter brewers.

Vacuum Brewer

Vacuum Brewer

For those with an electric or flame-heated vacuum brewer.

Flat Bottom - Paper

Flat Bottom - Paper

Any basket-style brewer, including automatic and Kalita wave manual brewing.

Flat Bottom - Gold

Flat Bottom - Gold

For automatic brewers with basket-style reusable filters.

French Press

Hario Dripper

Manual pourover cone brewing is a simple, no frills way of brewing.

Grind Type

French Press

A classic of immersion brewing. Select this grind for perfect classical preparation.

Chemex

Chemex

The iconic Chemex, this grind provides a perfectly paired offering for the special filters made for this brewer.

Percolator

Percolator

Our coarsest grind, this also provides a good pre-ground solution for cold brew at home.

Whole Bean

Whole Bean

For those with a grinder at home, we love freshly ground coffee! We prefer burr grinders for a more even brew.