Intelligentsia Coffee Roasters
Black Cat Blend
|Roaster Location:||Chicago, Illinois|
|Review Date:||October 1998|
Restrained, low-toned, rather full-bodied, but not flat. In fact, alive with understated nuance: some tobacco tones, a full, dry spice impression that could be called chocolate; perhaps a hint of fruit or wine in the round finish. The aftertaste leaves a balanced memory of chocolate sweetness and dry tobacco.
Restrained, low-toned, rather full-bodied but not flat. Alive with understated nuance: some tobacco, hint of fruit or wine in the round finish. Black Cat Blend is IntelligentiA's retail and well as wholesale best seller. IntelligentiA is a small, award-winning roaster-retailer founded in 1995 in Chicago by transplanted San Franciscans Doug and Emily Zell.
Who Should Drink It
The best-seller factor:I have to assume that the commercial success of this blend is another indication that many specialty coffee drinkers enjoy low-key, round-toned cups. The blend name seems appropriate for a coffee this soft and, perhaps, enigmatic. I felt I couldn't give this coffee a rousingly high rating, however, because ultimately it seemed a bit too restrained and understated.
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This review originally appeared in the October, 1998 tasting report: Best Sellers