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Intelligentsia Coffee - Black Cat Classic Espresso

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Tasting notes

Dark Chocolate, Ripe Cherry, Brown Sugar

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Description

Intelligentsia's flagship espresso, know for it's clean, sweet and complex profile, it demonstrates their foundation and style as a roaster. A mixture of washed and naturally processed coffees sourced for the perfect combination of flavor and texture, this blend is part of their Black Cat Project and is constantly evolving in their quest for excellence. With notes of caramel and citrus it shines beautifully as espresso but can also hold its own when paired with milk in a cappuccino or latte.

Roast Level
Medium
Approachability
Crowd Pleaser
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Processing
  • Coffee Type: Whole Bean
  • Product Size: 12 oz
  • Fair/Direct Trade
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Recommended Brew Methods

A 2:1 water-to-coffee ratio for your espresso shot is recommended. Using a scale to dial in your shots makes the process faster and more accurate. Your espresso grind should be very fine and powdery. Shots should take 30-40 seconds to brew and be thick and syrupy. Don’t stress, adjustments are always needed to get your shots pulling just right!

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Superautos make brewing espresso easy. All you need to do is add beans to the hopper and press a button to pull yourself a shot. If your shot is a bit sour you’ll want to dial the grinder a little bit finer and try again. If it’s bitter, dial it a little coarser. You can find instructions on how to do this for your machine in the manual. Just remember to avoid oily beans that can clog your superauto’s grinder!

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