El Cerro | Peru Cup of Excellence #2

El Cerro | Peru Cup of Excellence #2

From our Green Coffee Buyer for Peru Jay Cunningham: Most of the truly great coffee in Peru has been blended into obscurity.  There, coffee is […]

Three Cups of Excellence

Three Cups of Excellence

The Cup of Excellence (CoE) is the world’s most rigorous and prestigious coffee quality competition. With events in 10 different coffee-growing countries and an internet […]

CoE 101

CoE 101

This week we begin our releases of not one, not two but three winners of recent Cup of Excellence competitions in Colombia and Peru.  It […]

Karyenda: Music (and coffee) worthy of royalty

Karyenda: Music (and coffee) worthy of royalty

The karyenda is a traditional drum in Burundi, but it is not just any drum.  It occupies the highest order of sacred drums in a […]

An architectural approach to agriculture

An architectural approach to agriculture

From our Vice President of Coffee and Colombia Buyer Geoff Watts: The Santuario Farm Project was created in 1999 by visionary farmer-in-training Camilo Merizalde.  His […]

Tres Santos Colombia: Linares

Tres Santos Colombia: Linares

From our Vice President of Coffee and Colombia Buyer Geoff Watts: . Nariño, Nariño! The mere sound of the name raises expectations. This little state […]

A symbol of coffee’s promise

A symbol of coffee’s promise

I began working in coffee nearly 15 years ago.  During that time I have been on more farms than I can remember and taken more […]

How do you spell flavor at Finca Takesi? G-E-M.

How do you spell flavor at Finca Takesi? G-E-M.

Today we begin taking pre-orders for three coffees that are extraordinary by design: our Finca Takesi Bolivia Geisha Special Selection, our Finca Takesi Bolivia Typica Special Selection, and our […]

Introducing Axioma

Introducing Axioma

Our Direct Trade model has been more than 15 years in the making, and it continues to evolve. We love to tell the story of Intelligentsia […]

The changing of the seasons

The changing of the seasons

The seasons are changing here at Intelligentsia.  Yes, the cold has descended on our home city of Chicago and the winter solstice looms, but that […]

Credit where credit is due

Credit where credit is due

I have been in coffee nearly 15 years.  For most of that time, I lived at origin, where I worked extensively with and on behalf of […]

The Intelligentsia Extraordinary Coffee Competition: Best in Inventory

The Intelligentsia Extraordinary Coffee Competition: Best in Inventory

Last month, we gathered our entire supply chain in San Francisco for the annual Intelligentsia Extraordinary Coffee Workshop. The event itself is nothing new: this […]