|Roaster Location:||Chicago, IL|
|Coffee Origin:||Not disclosed|
|Review Date:||April 2002|
Blind Assessment: Heavy, rich, a touch sharp, but balanced in the small cup, complicated nicely by dry fruit and cocoa. Maintains balance and authority in small milk, where the cocoa sweetens toward a voluptuous hazelnut-toned chocolate. Fades a bit in big milk, though still round and chocolaty. (89 straight espresso, 90 w/milk)
Notes: Intelligentsia is a leading Chicago-area roaster with a Keith Haring-style logo, excellent coffee, and a commitment to quality epitomized by the practice of printing roast dates on coffee packaging. Black Cat is one of several Intelligentsia espresso blends. Visit www.intelligentsiacoffee.com or call 1-888-945-9786 for more info.
Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy power in the small cup and complexity in cappuccino.
This review originally appeared in the April, 2002 tasting report: Brewing Espresso at Home