Intelligentsia Coffee

Black Cat Espresso

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Origin: Central America; South America.

Roast: Medium-Dark

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Review Date: August 2007

Agtron: 41/47

Aroma: 8

Body: 7

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 7

With Milk: 8

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.


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

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