Extraction Theory, and You!

Extraction Theory, and You!

“Extraction is a measure of the solubles yield. It is also expressed as a percentage, comparing the amount of coffee flavoring material in the beverage […]

Simran Sethi’s love letter to coffee

Simran Sethi’s love letter to coffee

Simran Sethi is a sustainability celebrity.  She has appeared on Ellen, Martha Stewart and Oprah as a sustainability expert and lectured on environmental issues in classrooms and […]

Rwanda: Begin at the beginning

Rwanda: Begin at the beginning

I sat down recently with my colleague Geoff Watts in our makeshift studio here in Chicago to record introductions of our two current Rwanda offerings: the […]

ECW: A ride on the magic bus

ECW: A ride on the magic bus

The Extraordinary Coffee Workshop is the annual gathering of our Direct Trade network.  It has become the anchor of our sourcing program and the most […]

Why Intelligentsia

Why Intelligentsia

This was a big year for me.  After nine years living and working overseas for a non-profit, I moved back to the United States to […]

Why Direct Trade

Why Direct Trade

Last week, I answered the first of the three questions I have fielded most frequently since I moved to Intelligentsia over the summer: Why the private […]

Introducing the Buyer’s Notebook

Introducing the Buyer’s Notebook

Today we introduce a new podcast feature we are calling the Buyer’s Notebook — the stories behind our coffees in the words of the buyers who bought […]

Why the private sector

Why the private sector

A few days after I started at Intelligentsia in August, my new colleagues published this post to mark my arrival.  Although the move was one I had been […]

Gesha Village Day at Intelligentsia

Gesha Village Day at Intelligentsia

A few months ago, we broke with years of conspicuously public opposition to natural-processed coffees and bought a natural for the first time in a […]

ECW Day Four: Expansion and Experimentation

ECW Day Four: Expansion and Experimentation

Today is the final day of our 8th annual Extraordinary Coffee Workshop. Our hosts–our friends at Coopedota, and everyone we have engaged with in Costa […]

ECW Day Three: The Lab and The Field

ECW Day Three: The Lab and The Field

It is Day 3 of ECW 8 in Costa Rica. Our day begins in the Coopedota lab, where we will spend the morning cupping with […]

ECW Day Two: The Mill + The Model

ECW Day Two: The Mill + The Model

On Day Two of our eighth annual Extraordinary Coffee Workshop, we will narrow the focus of our agenda to just two items: the mill and […]