Farmworkers

Farmworkers

I spotted this sign on a truck outside our Chicago Roasting Works shortly after I started at Intelligentsia in 2016.  At the time, I felt it was […]

ECWx | The Big Idea

ECWx | The Big Idea

Before joining the team at Intelligentsia in 2016, I spent 14 years working for an international development agency.  A long-time collaborator in that work with […]

ECWx in Pictures

ECWx in Pictures

Intelligentsia partnered with Root Capital last month to adapt our Extraordinary Coffee Workshop for a new context and format we call ECWx.  We convened the first […]

Being there

Being there

The core principles and standard practices of our Direct Trade program contribute to the resilience of our supply chain partners by insulating them from risk. […]

ECW: What’s risk got to do with it?

ECW: What’s risk got to do with it?

Once a year, we convene all our Direct Trade partners from around the world — more than 50 growers and representatives of farmer associations, washing […]

Busting the microlot myth

Busting the microlot myth

The idea that Direct Trade is all about microlots is pervasive.  And persistent. And, at least in our case, dead wrong. Michaele Weissman wrote the […]

Escaping the commodity trap

Escaping the commodity trap

From the day we opened the doors at our original location on Broadway in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood back in 1995, our business has been built […]

The signal and the noise

The signal and the noise

Arguably the most important principle of our Direct Trade model is the one implied in the name: a commitment to direct engagement with the farmers […]

The Four Horsemen

The Four Horsemen

Beginning about a decade ago, the term resilience began a steady climb to ascendancy in the field of international development.  In that domain, resilience refers […]

Risk, resilience and Direct Trade

Risk, resilience and Direct Trade

Last month, I was invited by old friends at the Sustainable Food Lab to join its annual Leadership Summit in Mexico.  SFL is an extraordinary […]

Ad Lucem | A Journal of Coffee Illumination

Ad Lucem | A Journal of Coffee Illumination

I joined Intelligentsia just over 18 months ago because I thought it had the best sourcing program in the business, and still some room for […]

Introducing Flor de Março

Introducing Flor de Março

Today we celebrate the inaugural releases of two single-origin coffees: our Port of Mokha Al-Jabal Yemen Special Selection and our Flor de Março Brazil Limited Release. […]