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 […]

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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 […]

ECW Day One: It’s On

ECW Day One: It’s On

Today our 8th annual Extraordinary Coffee Workshop gets underway in Costa Rica. We aren’t storming into coffee fields, wading into washing tanks or mounting an […]

ECW Preview: 3 Cs

ECW Preview: 3 Cs

Beginning this afternoon, my colleagues and I will be receiving friends from all over the world in Costa Rica for the eighth edition of our […]

Serendipity and Revival in Ethiopia

Serendipity and Revival in Ethiopia

Years ago I heard someone draw a distinction between luck and serendipity. He said that luck is an accident. Dumb luck. Serendipity, on the other […]

An Unnatural Purchase

An Unnatural Purchase

Nearly seven years ago, in early 2010, my colleague Geoff Watts wrote five lines that threw shade at natural-processed coffees and cast a long shadow […]

Introducing Michael Sheridan

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 […]

ECW 2015 – Guatemala

ECW 2015 – Guatemala

What does it take to create something that truly deserves to be called special? We know that it requires careful, deliberate, and unrelenting effort. Making […]

ECW Afterglow

ECW Afterglow

Fortified! That’s the best word I can think of to summarize the way most of us are feeling after the Extraordinary Coffee Workshop that took […]

An Open Letter from Doug Zell

An Open Letter from Doug Zell

As of today, a portion of Intelligentsia was sold to Peet’s Coffee, the “Granddaddy” of specialty coffee. Speaking for myself, this is an interesting and […]

ECW Testimonial – “Epe”

ECW Testimonial – “Epe”

“Epe”, as he is known to his friends talks to us about why he attends Intelligentsia’s Extraordinary Coffee Workshop each and every year.