ECW 2010: Exploring El Salvador

ECW 2010: Exploring El Salvador

When I was in graduate school, I attended a lecture by the German filmmaker Wim Wenders.  He told the audience that all his films have […]

Buyers Notebook: Los Delirios Nicaragua

Buyers Notebook: Los Delirios Nicaragua

As I write this, a collection of coffee giants is stalking the halls of our Chicago Roasting Works: George Howell, Susie Spindler, Paul Songer, Darrin Daniel and members […]

Buyer’s Notebook: La Tortuga Honduras

Buyer’s Notebook: La Tortuga Honduras

Our La Tortuga Honduras takes its name and inspiration from the moral of Aesop’s fable about the tortoise and the hare: slow and steady wins […]

Buyer’s Notebook: Flecha Roja Costa Rica

Buyer’s Notebook: Flecha Roja Costa Rica

The Intelli Sourcing Sessions podcast is back, and just in time: last week marked the start of a month-long run of delicious releases from our […]

An Ethiopian Sensory Expedition

An Ethiopian Sensory Expedition

Last week, Gesha Village Coffee Estate in Ethiopia auctioned off 21 nanolots from its 2016/17 harvest.  Average scores for the best-scoring lots topped 91 points and prices […]

El Boliviazo

El Boliviazo

Bolivian coffee sits in the long shadows cast by its mighty neighbors.  It is bordered to the east by Brazil, a coffee colossus on whose every […]

What to do about Mr. Potato

What to do about Mr. Potato

Mr. Potato is an infrequent, unwanted but ultimately harmless visitor from Central Africa.  Many of our Coffeebar guests have heard the legend of Mr. Potato, but precious […]

Gesha Village Day at Intelligentsia

Gesha Village Day at Intelligentsia

A few months ago, we broke with years of conspicuously public opposition to natural-processed coffees and bought a natural for the first time in a […]