Ethiopia Metad Chelchele Washed

Ethiopia Metad Chelchele Washed

There is no place on earth that produces more tantalizing, sublimely flavorful coffees than Ethiopia. The coffee quality game has been rigged from the start: there’s Ethiopia, and then there’s everyone else.  The incredible range of tastes found throughout the country is a reflection of the harmony that exists between the noble coffee tree and the environment in which it was born.

Ethiopia Metad Buku Natural

Ethiopia Metad Buku Natural

The “natural” process is easy to explain.  After the coffee cherry is plucked from the plant, it is immediately set out to dry.  Over a period of several weeks, the water evaporates slowly from the cherry, which darkens and shrivels until it looks like a little black pod.  Once it is fully dry (a moisture content of about 10 percent), the hardened cherry skin is mechanically removed and the seeds within are sorted by size and density. 

Pride Month 2021

Pride Month 2021

This year, we celebrated Pride Month with a weekly resource roundup covering a range of topics range of topics including: intersectionality within the LGBTQ+ community, pioneers of LGBTQ history, resources on how to be an ally to the transgender community, and more! See below for…

Guatemala ECWx Edgar Recinos

Guatemala ECWx Edgar Recinos

When I started at Intelligentsia in 2016, I brought with me a few deeply held beliefs based on my previous experience with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the international humanitarian agency where I led coffee programming for more than a decade.  One was the understanding that…

Sonnenzimmer

Sonnenzimmer

Driving east on Division is now a whole lot more colorful, as gracing the side of the building that houses the Wicker Park Intelligentsia Coffeebar is now a brand new, four-story tall print by the art collective Sonnenzimmer. A duo that produces prints, paintings, textiles,…

Silver Lake Celebrates 10 Years in LA

Silver Lake Celebrates 10 Years in LA

Ten years ago, our Intelligentsia Silver Lake Coffeebar opened it’s doors and helped shift the concept of what a coffeebar could offer the community around it, and what a single coffeebar could do for coffee nationwide. Almost immediately, nestled in Sunset Junction, Silver Lake Intelligentsia…

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 coffees that are extraordinary in every way is an endless challenge, and is only possible when there is real collaborative…