Our Black Cat blend has been a staple in the Intelligentsia espresso lineup since we opened our doors back in 1995. El Gato is Black Cat's alter-ego, designed to deliver the Black Cat experience for fans of filtered coffee.

  • Type Blend
  • Country Brazil, Costa Rica
  • Flavor Profile Chocolate + Molasses
  • Variety traditional Latin American varieties

The details

  • Country Brazil
  • Producer Luiz Paulo Dias Pereira Filho
  • Region Carmo de Minas
  • Elevation Range 1,300 masl
  • Processing Method Honey
  • Drying Method patio sun-dried
  • Harvest July 2020
  • Country Costa Rica
  • Producer smallholder growers
  • Region Dota
  • Elevation Range 1400-2000 m
  • Processing Method Washed
  • Drying Method Mechanical Dryer
  • Harvest Nov 2020-March 2021

How To Brew

We recommend starting with a 1:18 coffee-to-water ratio, which provides an excellent total extraction level and maximizes flavor pulled out of the ground coffee. For our blends we recommend either a pour over or a automatic drip home machine. We recommend a grind size 5 or 6 or if you are grinding at home mimic the size of Morton Coarse Kosher Salt.

Recommended Method Automatic Drip

  1. 01.
    Weigh Water 18g of water per 1g of coffee
  2. 02.
    Weigh Coffee 1g of coffee per 18g of water
  3. 03.
    Drop in filter Add filter to equipment
  4. 04.
    Grind Coffee Grind coffee and add to filter
  5. 05.
    Add water Add water to machine reservoir
  6. 06.
    Remove filter Enjoy your coffee!
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    Why We're Different

    • Intelligentsia coffee buyers travel year-round working with a network of farmers. From the farm, coffee arrives at the roasting works in Chicago and Los Angeles, where coffee professionals cup, grade, and release over 50 single-origins and blends annually.

    • Intelligentsia Direct Trade means partnering with people who obsess about quality as much as we do, and building meaningful relationships with farmers. Today, the Intelligentsia Direct Trade community includes more than 50 partners in 14 countries.

    • A quarter-century of obsession with quality, more than 15 years of sourcing great coffee the right way, and an authoritative point of view on how to elevate coffee make Intelligentsia a trusted partner on your coffee journey.