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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…

Black History Month

Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month! Follow along on our social channels this month as we celebrate Black history and amplify the voices of Black owned businesses in the coffee industry and beyond! We’re launching 3 weekly series throughout the month of February: Mondays: Check out our…

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…

ECWx Notebook: Small is Beautiful

ECWx Notebook: Small is Beautiful

It’s been more than 18 months since I published this account of our inaugural ECWx event: ECWx 2018 Colombia.  At the time, the memory of the event was still fresh. I was excited by the potential of ECWx to deliver real value to smallholder coffee…

Finca Chelín’s 22 Flavors

Finca Chelín’s 22 Flavors

In the early 1950s, the ice cream parlor chain Baskin-Robbins unveiled a new slogan.  Its iconic “31 flavors” tagline reflected its commitment to a menu so vast, customers could order a different flavor every day for an entire month.  The Baskin-Robbins vision was ahead of its time, and prefigured…

Los Delirios Labor Diaries

Los Delirios Labor Diaries

Our current Nicaragua Flor Azul lot comes from Milton Canales and the Los Monos section of his family’s Los Delirios farm. It was shade-grown and shade-dried at the family’s new dry mill, and represents the culmination of years of effort and investment to rehabilitate Los…

Our collective blind spot

Our collective blind spot

Intelligentsia’s Chicago Roasting Works is located in a light industry area a few miles west of the Loop, the center of the city’s financial and cultural districts.  Every morning on my way to work, I walk past manufacturing plants, dodging forklifts and rigs making deliveries…

ECW 2018: Bolivia

ECW 2018: Bolivia

As 2018 draws to a close, we look back at an Intelligentsia milestone: our 10th annual Extraordinary Coffee Workshop, held September 6-13 in Bolivia.

ECWx | The Big Idea

ECWx | The Big Idea

Before joining the team at Intelligentsia in 2016, I spent 14 years working for an international development agency.  A long-time collaborator in that work with a track record of innovation had so much success in rolling out new initiatives in part because he thought through…

Being there

Being there

The core principles and standard practices of our Direct Trade program contribute to the resilience of our supply chain partners by insulating them from risk.