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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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 […]

An architectural approach to agriculture

An architectural approach to agriculture

From our Vice President of Coffee and Colombia Buyer Geoff Watts: The Santuario Farm Project was created in 1999 by visionary farmer-in-training Camilo Merizalde.  His […]

Tres Santos Colombia: Linares

Tres Santos Colombia: Linares

From our Vice President of Coffee and Colombia Buyer Geoff Watts: . Nariño, Nariño! The mere sound of the name raises expectations. This little state […]

A symbol of coffee’s promise

A symbol of coffee’s promise

I began working in coffee nearly 15 years ago.  During that time I have been on more farms than I can remember and taken more […]

How do you spell flavor at Finca Takesi? G-E-M.

How do you spell flavor at Finca Takesi? G-E-M.

Today we begin taking pre-orders for three coffees that are extraordinary by design: our Finca Takesi Bolivia Geisha Special Selection, our Finca Takesi Bolivia Typica Special Selection, and our […]

Introducing Axioma

Introducing Axioma

Our Direct Trade model has been more than 15 years in the making, and it continues to evolve. We love to tell the story of Intelligentsia […]