|Roaster Location:||Chicago, Illinois|
|Coffee Origin:||Central America; South America.|
|Review Date:||August 2007|
Blind Assessment: Rich, roundly pungent aroma: caramel, orange, hints of flowers and chocolate. Medium bodied, a touch rough in mouthfeel. The richly pungent, cedary character carries into the cup with continued orange, raisin and semi-sweet chocolate notes. The finish is rather astringent but rich, with good flavor persistence. The pungent character softens in milk with the orangy chocolate sweetening nicely.
Notes: Intelligentsia is a leading Chicago-area roaster with a contemporary attitude, excellent coffee, and a commitment to quality epitomized by the practice of printing roast dates on coffee packaging. Black Cat is its signature espresso blend. Visit www.intelligentsiacoffee.com or call 888-945-9786 for more information.
Who Should Drink It : A versatile espresso for American taste; probably shows best in a short cappuccino.
This review originally appeared in the August, 2007 tasting report: Italy Seen from America: Nine (Genuine) Italian and Three American Espressos