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Our Black Cat blend has been a staple in the Intelligentsia espresso lineup since we opened our doors back in 1995. El Gato is Black Cat's alter-ego, designed to deliver the Black Cat experience for fans of filtered coffee.
  • SKU 300013
  • Country Brazil, Costa Rica
  • In Season No
  • Direct Trade Yes
  • Single Origin No
  • USDA organic No
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El Gato Blend

Black Cat Classic is our flagship espresso blend and has been a reliable staple in our line-up since the day we opened our doors in 1995. Over time it has evolved in step with our own development as coffee professionals. As we’ve grown we’ve updated and polished the recipe, applying all of the lessons learned along the way in pursuit of an ever more delicious coffee experience. Today’s Black Cat is the culmination of that hard-earned wisdom, and a manifestation of our perpetual quest for balance and beauty in the cup. Although it has improved in many ways since its creation, the blueprint remains unchanged: sweetness and balance are paramount, and its subtle fruit and caramel notes must be clean, memorable and distinct. It is made to be both gorgeous as a straight shot and equally adept when paired with milk.

It shouldn’t be surprising that Cat, as it is known affectionately by most of our team, has become our best-selling blend by a long mile. It gets more scrutiny than any other coffee we produce. Our baristas work with it constantly, and our education and quality control teams meet weekly for Black Cat testing, in recognition of the fact that espresso is an elusive animal and with the understanding that to produce a consistently great one requires consistent effort. The result of all that attention is a coffee that lives up to the reputation it earned long ago as a comforting, easy-to-love and extremely versatile standard in the specialty industry.

In recent years it has taken its versatility to another level. We’ve found that some of our customers enjoy Black Cat so much that they drink it in many forms, with or without pressure. Though it was originally designed for espresso, its essential character is one that translates gracefully to filtered coffee settings as well. As it turns out, in our attempt to craft a satisfying and seriously pleasurable espresso blend we’ve managed to build one that holds its own quite well when brewed traditionally. In response to overwhelming demand, we’ve now begun testing the Cat regularly in filter form and have given it a separate, alter ego: El Gato. As we move through our seasonal coffee rotations we will take care to optimize El Gato for drip brewing, and ensure that it always delivers the sweet caramelized sugar and soft stone fruit tastes that make it purr.

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.