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.
- Country Costa Rica
- Producer smallholder growers
- Region Tarrazú
- Elevation Range 1600 m
- Processing Method Washed
- Drying Method Mechanical Dryer
- Harvest December-February 2020
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
Weigh Water 18g of water per 1g of coffee
Weigh Coffee 1g of coffee per 18g of water
Drop in filter Add filter to equipment
Grind Coffee Grind coffee and add to filter
Add water Add water to machine reservoir
Remove filter Enjoy your coffee!
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.