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Intelligentsia Black Cat Classic Espresso, Whole Bean Coffee, 12-Ounce


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  • A twelve ounce bag
  • Classic whole bean blend
  • Product of IL, USA
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This syrupy and sweet espresso blend has been the staple of our lineup since the very beginning. It is a product of intensive lot selection and close, direct work with the farmers who produce its components. The Black Cat Classic Espresso’s hallmark is its supreme balance and wonderful sweetness.

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  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0055ZRUOO
  • UPC: 800222120124
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,136 in Grocery & Gourmet Food (See Top 100 in Grocery & Gourmet Food)
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It's smooth, rich and flavorful.
E. T. BELIEVER
There are others (Plowshares is one), there is no reason to give into their greediness.
TrueReviewer
The roast date was November 2013, it is now April 2014.
nicole

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 11, 2012
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I have been drinking Black Cat from my super automatic for years now. I was excited to see it finally being sold on Amazon and eligible for Prime shipping. There were two things that dissapointed me... Intelligenstsia has started selling smaller bags (12 oz) for the same price that they used to sell a 16 oz bag for. I didn't play close enough attention so the savings I thought I was getting (compared to where I usually buy it) was not there. Secondly the roast date on the coffee I got was a couple months old. I am used to being a week old, maybe two worst case. These bags had been setting around for awhile. I am going to stick to getting 16 oz bags from my usual merchant.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By hookem91 on December 5, 2012
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This coffee is supposed to be fresh. The roast date on the bottom is over 3 months old! And what do you know I cannot return or exchange it! What a crock!

NEVER NEVER NEVER BUY THIS COFFEE FROM AMAZON. BUY DIRECT FROM INTELLIGENSIA AND IT WILL BE GUARANTEED FRESHLY ROASTED WITHIN TEN DAYS. Sure it will cost more. Learn from my lesson.

Addendum....we called Amazon. They cant take the coffee back but they refunded our money and made it right. just beware...if coffee is your thing and you are knowledgeable about pulling espresso shots with high end equipment and need fresh (2week old beans), this is not your coffee. If you dont care then maybe this is.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D on October 16, 2012
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I have Tried this coffee many times, at the Intelligentsia Cafe in Venice, purchased from Wholefoods, and at a friends, but the product I purchased online through Amazon was stale and a disappointment.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Brown on June 28, 2012
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I'm an espresso nut and have several machines that I call my friends. One of these is a Jura S9 Avantgarde, and after trying dozens and dozens of various beans to find the perfect mate, Intelligentsia Black Cat Classic prevailed as the very clear winner. There may be better beans out there, but not for this machine. I've served thousands of shots of this espresso out of the Jura, and everyone is impressed by it... actually, not just impressed... blown away. It's not uncommon to have neighbors coming in the back door in the morning to grab a shot. This bean produces a perfect espresso... great crema, thick legs... smooth with no bitterness and a slight nut/chocolate finish. The best thing is the consistency... the beans are always the same... which is not true of so many other small producers. It's also great in cappuccini, macchiati, etc.

I live very close to Intelligentsia in LA and buy beans there in person... but, my other house is 2 hours away... and when there, I order these beans online through Amazon. These mail order ones are fine... and are very similar to what you get in the store. It is a serious downer that Intelligentsia switched the size from 16oz to 12oz, which essentially upped the price by about 30%... but, it's still much cheaper than Illy or some others.

When you buy in the store, the beans have usually been roasted only a few days before. From Amazon, it seems to be about 2 weeks... something like that. To be honest, it really doesn't make much difference... since the beans are whole and sealed, the taste between beans that are a few days from roasting versus 2 weeks is virtually indiscernible. If the beans were 1 day old versus a month or so, there would be a slight difference, but here... there's nothing really worth mentioning...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alan Fabricant on March 6, 2013
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Items are dated at roasting----this item was stale---wat past roasting date jut about undrinkable and it is usually a great coffee
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Willy on September 14, 2012
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If you've ever ordered from Intelligentsia directly, you may be very disappointed. I was.

Coffee received was FIVE weeks old, stale, hardly any crema, sour taste, disgusting...

This is probably not the kind of product you want to order from Amazon. You'll probably be enticed by the free shipping, but believe me, you will regret it.

At over $30/lb the least you can ask for is fresh roasted beans, but you won't get them here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By smithjo_33 on May 23, 2014
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This is by far my favorite coffee but unfortunately if purchased from Amazon you will find that your fresh beans were roasted close to two months ago. The flavor is simply not the same as if you pick this up fresh from Intelligentsia or a store that carries their beans. Needless to say, not what those who are looking specifically for this brand will be happy to learn. Hopefully Amazon can find a way to remedy this issue, especially if it is seriously looking to create a foothold in the "grocery to home" model. If it could consistently deliver coffee even 2-3weeks old, I would probably resume buying it from them on account of the convenience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nicole on April 16, 2014
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I was excited to buy myself this 12 oz bag of Intelligentisa Black Cat Espresso with an Amazon gift card I got for my birthday.
I made a French press of it as soon as it arrived. It was STALE. The roast date was November 2013, it is now April 2014. The coffee I bought is 6 months old. No flavor, no body. It was like drinking hot water (and yes, I made it correctly). I tried again and made it stronger the second time with the same result. Very disappointed with this item. I wish I could get a refund.
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