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: A ride on the magic bus

ECW: A ride on the magic bus

The Extraordinary Coffee Workshop is the annual gathering of our Direct Trade network.  It has become the anchor of our sourcing program and the most […]

Why Intelligentsia

Why Intelligentsia

This was a big year for me.  After nine years living and working overseas for a non-profit, I moved back to the United States to […]

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 […]

Why Direct Trade

Why Direct Trade

Last week, I answered the first of the three questions I have fielded most frequently since I moved to Intelligentsia over the summer: Why the private […]

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 […]

Why the private sector

Why the private sector

A few days after I started at Intelligentsia in August, my new colleagues published this post to mark my arrival.  Although the move was one I had been […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]