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Introducing Michael Sheridan

We want to share some exciting news: Michael Sheridan has joined the team here at Intelligentsia as our Director of Sourcing and Sustainability. Michael has […]

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Closing the Books on 2017

Closing the Books on 2017

We have closed the books on 2017.  It was, in our estimation, a very good year for our sourcing program. This issue of Axioma, the curated […]

Abagore

Abagore

From our Green Coffee Buyer for Burundi J Mlodzinski: Kirundi is the official language of Burundi, and Abagore is Kirundi for women. Why Abagore?  Because […]

Show your commitment

Show your commitment

SHOW YOUR COMMITMENT Zirikana is Kinyarwanda for “show your commitment.”  We can’t think of a better name for our annual single-origin offering from Rwanda.  After […]

Gaspard!

Gaspard!

It hardly seems possible that we first tasted coffee from Nshimiyimana Gaspard just three seasons ago. He has become such an integral part of our […]

Rwanda’s coffee heroes

Rwanda’s coffee heroes

From our Green Coffee Buyer for Rwanda J Mlodzinski: Kinyarwanda is the official language of Rwanda, and Imena is Kinyarwanda for hero. Our Zirikana Imena […]

Enter Buziraguhindwa

Enter Buziraguhindwa

From our Green Coffee Buyer for Burundi J Mlodzinski: Ramadhan Salum has been an Intelligentsia Direct Trade partner for the past three years.  He owns […]

Llano Redondo | Colombia Cup of Excellence #4

Llano Redondo | Colombia Cup of Excellence #4

Our Llano Redondo Colombia COE #4 Special Selection is the third and final winning CoE lot we will release for 2017, capping a short run […]

La Mina | Colombia Cup of Excellence #8

La Mina | Colombia Cup of Excellence #8

From our Vice President of Coffee and Green Coffee Buyer for Colombia Geoff Watts: There’s a place A short drive up the winding road outside […]

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 […]