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Black Cat coffee at the Smiling Goat 

Espresso Snob alert: Smiling Goat will be serving up superstar Chicago-based Intelligentsia coffee. Let it nuzzle your guzzle Saturday.

Coffee aficionados: Saturday morning, I want you to switch your taste buds to turbo. Go to the Smiling Goat and strap yourself in. Wear a hemet with a swizzle straw, because Goat owner Smilin' Geoffrey Creighton tells me that starting tomorrow, he's unleashing Chicago-based Intelligentsia coffee into the Halifax consumer market.

Intelligentsia's s Black Cat Classic will be a standard feature on his espresso menu from now on. "Intellie" as coffee hounds call it, is a world-renowned top cuppa. Read the press. Local dealer Robert Csar sold Creighton the beans. Csar is not a giant, he is a transplanted Vancouverite. He recently moved here, works as a barista at Steve-O-Renos and deals Intelligentsia beans on the side through his company, Grey Coffee.

Worried about the Goat increasing your carbon footprint? Creighton will continue to serve local Java Blend-produced house blends (JB makes their standard espresso blend, Fog City). But, he says, although Black Cat is not organic, it does correspond to Intellie's strict direct trade specifications, which you can read here.

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