Fruit Bat Seasonal Espresso
- August 2019
- Written by : The Black Cat Team
What is a Fruit Bat?
There are more than 150 different species of fruit bats. Like most bats, they are nocturnal, they can fly. Where they differ from other bats is how they find their food. These bats, which can reach a wingspan of up to six feet, do not use echolocation for navigation. Instead, they rely on their sense of smell to sniff out their food. Their primary diet is comprised of fruit juice and flower nectar, which is exactly what we have tried to make the blend taste like!
Why Fruit Bat Espresso?
We have our tried-and-true Black Cat Classic (BCC) for those who want a classic shot of espresso or something that is perfect with milk, but for the adventurous, we present our seasonal Fruit Bat Espresso Blend.
As always, we want to highlight fresh seasonal ingredients in our blends, and for Fruit Bat we waited patiently for Ethiopian and Kenyan coffees to arrive before getting to work. Our goal with this coffee is to present something fruit-forward, and we think what we are releasing is maxed-out on that count. This blend is brighter and “fruitier” than BCC, and is designed for those who want to experience something lush, fruity, and sweet.
How did we formulate the blend?
Intelligentsia Educators in Austin, Boston, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles were sent a list of sensory targets and an ingredient kit to formulate Fruit Bat recipes. The only restriction was a cap on our Kenyan component to keep the acidity in line. This collaboration between our most seasoned baristas, spanning five cities, allowed the blend to go through critical evaluation in terms of both extraction level and flavor in the cup.
We evaluated over one dozen different blends through multiple rounds of tasting to confirm we had what we wanted. In the end, we ended up with an all-African blend, featuring single-origin lots from Ethiopia and Kenya.
When tasting this coffee, think like a Fruit Bat: use your nose to pinpoint the luscious jammy notes. We had an abundance of flavor descriptors, of which the most abundant were honey, lime, and pineapple.
18 grams in / 35 seconds / 44 grams out