Author: Intelligentsia Coffee

Guatemala La Soledad Catuai

Guatemala La Soledad Catuai

The Pérez family is constantly monitoring the growing conditions and actively managing the farm. They are especially focused on its soil, managing the trees that provide shade to the six varieties of coffee they grow, and incorporating organic compost with occasional ash deposits from Fuego’s regular eruptions. The Catuai plants that produced the coffee in this lot are roughly 40 years old, and have had high yields this harvest, thanks to the Pérez family’s management efforts.

Guatemala La Soledad Geisha

Guatemala La Soledad Geisha

Ask the Pérez family what they do, and they’ll tell you coffee is in their blood. They are fifth-generation coffee producers, known to specialty coffee fans for producing expressively sweet and floral coffees. Through multiple Cup of Excellence awards and longstanding DT relationships, this family has upheld, expanded, and refined the reputation of coffee in Acatenango, Guatemala.

Otoño Blend

Otoño Blend

The 2021 edition of our Otoño blend hits the mark with notes of plum, pear, and orange. Its complexity of flavor reflects the diversity of its single-origin ingredients: it is anchored by the Ethiopian heirlooms in our Chelchele Washed single-origin offering, complemented by the Bourbon and Catuai in our Honduras Caballero Family release, and rounded out with SL-28 and SL-34 grown by the Pacika Estate in Nyeri, Kenya.

Costa Rica Las Nubes

Costa Rica Las Nubes

Roberto Mata is the real deal. He was born into a coffee-growing family, and has been working in coffee for more than a half-century. His parents settled in 1940 in the Dota Valley in Tarrazú, today one of Costa Rica’s most celebrated coffee origins, and quickly earned a reputation for innovation through improved farm management practices that achieved higher yields than most neighboring farms. Walking through those fields with his father is among Roberto’s earliest memories, and growing up, he helped out on the farm during his school vacations.

Guatemala Los Volcanes

Guatemala Los Volcanes

This is our first year embarking on a relationship with Los Volcanes Coffee, a team of mission-driven coffee professionals exporting coffees representative of the Antigua region of Guatemala. Though this is the first year their coffee has found its way onto our menu, it is years in the making. We have spent years talking with them, walking through their projects, and evaluating coffees with their team to find the best selections from the projects they manage.

Fruit Bat Espresso

Fruit Bat Espresso

The 2021 edition of our Fruit Bat blend achieves its fruity sweetness in part because it is anchored by coffee from a washing station — an approach that helps ensure all the coffee cherry delivered to these processing centers from hundreds of small-scale family farms are the deep red that signals uniform ripeness and maximum sweetness.

Honduras Caballero Family

Honduras Caballero Family

The Caballeros have won more awards in the prestigious Cup of Excellence quality competition than any other coffee-growing family in Honduras, and have cultivated an enviable client list that includes some of the most respected roasting companies in the world.  At the same time, they’ve been raising awareness about the potential of quality to make coffee farming a mechanism for improving livelihoods, both at home in Honduras and around the world.

Revisionist History

Revisionist History

Michael Sheridan, our Director of Sourcing & Shared Value, wrote a compelling article this year for Roast Magazine. Titled “Revisionist History: Black Brazilians and the Past, Present and Future of the Coffee Trade“, this piece explores the intricate and groundbreaking work of Phyllis Johnson and…

Pride Month 2021

Pride Month 2021

This year, we celebrated Pride Month with a weekly resource roundup covering a range of topics range of topics including: intersectionality within the LGBTQ+ community, pioneers of LGBTQ history, resources on how to be an ally to the transgender community, and more! See below for…

Black History Month

Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month! Follow along on our social channels this month as we celebrate Black history and amplify the voices of Black owned businesses in the coffee industry and beyond! We’re launching 3 weekly series throughout the month of February: Mondays: Check out our…

Seasonal Drink: Hopped Cider

Seasonal Drink: Hopped Cider

Ring in the new season with latest addition to our coffeebar menu: Hopped Cider. This delicious limited offering features a crisp blend of chai, apple cider, citra hops, and a touch of honey. This festive recipe was crafted with care by one of our talented baristas…

Sonnenzimmer

Sonnenzimmer

Driving east on Division is now a whole lot more colorful, as gracing the side of the building that houses the Wicker Park Intelligentsia Coffeebar is now a brand new, four-story tall print by the art collective Sonnenzimmer. A duo that produces prints, paintings, textiles,…