ECW 2017: Technology Tuesday

ECW 2017: Technology Tuesday

Today our ECW agenda is devoted entirely to the topic of technological innovation, mostly, but not exclusively, in the coffee sector. Geoff Watts, our Vice President of Coffee, Intelligentsia’s first employee 22 years ago and one of the chief intellectual and material authors of the…

ECW 2017: San Francisco

ECW 2017: San Francisco

Tonight our ninth annual Extraordinary Coffee Workshop gets underway in San Francisco with when we welcome representatives over 30 supply chain partners – growers, millers, exporters, traders, non-profits and tech companies – from 15 countries to our San Francisco Roasting Works for a reception and guided wine tasting. Every…

ECW 2017 Preview: San Francisco

ECW 2017 Preview: San Francisco

Tomorrow we welcome supply chain partners, friends and special guests from around the world to our ninth annual Extraordinary Coffee Workshop in San Francisco. The event’s content will be shaped in important ways by its setting, and that is by design. ECW is a moveable…

ECW 2016: Costa Rica

ECW 2016: Costa Rica

Last year, we delivered illustrated daily updates here throughout the eighth annual ECW in Costa Rica.  Revisit those posts below for a blow-by-blow of ECW 8. ECW Day One: It’s On ECW Day Two: The Mill + The Model ECW Day Three: The Lab and The…

ECW 2015: Guatemala

ECW 2015: Guatemala

The seventh annual Intelligentsia Extraordinary Coffee Workshop in three minutes and forty seconds.  

ECW 2014: Ethiopia

ECW 2014: Ethiopia

By 2014, our Extraordinary Coffee Workshop had done two turns in the United States and visits to Brasil, Colombia and El Salvador.  It was time for the primal return to the place where it all started: Ethiopia. The ECW format by then had settled comfortably into…

ECW 2013: Brasil

ECW 2013: Brasil

I find the photos from our fourth annual Extraordinary Coffee Workshop in Brasil so beautiful, I don’t want to detract from them with words. Behold, ECW 2013: For more information on the origins of ECW, listen to Episode 103 of the Intelligentsia Sourcing Sessions, titled “ECW: The Magic…

ECW 2012: Farm Friday in Chicago

ECW 2012: Farm Friday in Chicago

In 2011, we hosted our annual Extraordinary Coffee Workshop in Los Angeles.  It was the first time we had convened our Direct Trade partners from around the world in the United States, and we wanted to seize the opportunity to flip the script: instead of Intelligentsia buyers…

ECW 2011: Food and Family in Los Angeles

ECW 2011: Food and Family in Los Angeles

Each year over the past eight years, we have convened our Direct Trade partners from around the world for our Extraordinary Coffee Workshop. During those events, we have shot tens of thousands of photos, most of which are still in our digital archives.  There are action shots that…

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 the same protagonist: the place in which they are shot.   I have only seen a few of his movies, but…

ECW 2009: Woodstock for Coffee

ECW 2009: Woodstock for Coffee

The first Intelligentsia Extraordinary Coffee Workshop was held in 2009 in Cauca, Colombia, on Camilo Merizalde’s Finca Santuario. It was something like an intimate version of Woodstock for coffee: a spontaneous gathering on a remote farm, lacking in foresight, infrastructure and creature comforts, but exuberant, inspirational and…

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 of the Alliance for Coffee Excellence Board of Directors.  The folks who bring you the Cup of Excellence are squirreled away here…