Cafe X: This is not a joke

Cafe X: This is not a joke

Henry Hu is the Founder and CEO of Cafe X, the robotic café that opened to curious customers in San Francisco in January.  It has […]

Bloom San Francisco 2017

Bloom San Francisco 2017

There are so few outlets in the world of coffee dedicated to the exchange of ideas. Bloom, a young event run by the Barista Guild […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 the Intelli Sourcing Sessions

Introducing the Intelli Sourcing Sessions

I used to have a coffee blog. Over a period of nearly seven years, I published more than 500 posts related to my work with […]

Conan O’Brien Visits Intelligentsia

Conan O’Brien Visits Intelligentsia

A couple of weeks ago, we got a surprising phone call from The Conan O’Brien Show. Seemingly, there’s a producer on the show named Jordan Schlansky […]

Brewing Iced Tea on a Fetco

Brewing Iced Tea on a Fetco

As Spring attempts to establish a hold – we’re starting to seeing warmer weather in our home city of Chicago. Yes it snowed during the […]

Brewing Iced Coffee on a Fetco

Brewing Iced Coffee on a Fetco

Last summer we saw countless stories about iced coffee in the press. Most of these focused on the various ways of doing it at home, […]

ECW 2014 – Ethiopia

ECW 2014 – Ethiopia

This week, we’re hosting our annual Direct Trade event Extraordinary Coffee Workshop. As many of you know, this is really special for us as it […]

Intelligentsia’s New Cupping Form

Intelligentsia’s New Cupping Form

As many of you know, cupping is a key function of our daily work at Intelligentsia. We use it to decide which coffees to buy, […]