Articles About Black Cat Project

March 23, 2015

Intelligentsia Coffee is privileged to offer, for the third consecutive year, a Black Cat Project espresso sourced from our longtime Direct Trade partners at Finca Matalapa in El Salvador. Our history with coffees from Finca Matalapa runs deep. Finca Matalapa debuted as an Intelligentsia espresso in 2008, when it was used to win that year’s United States Barista Championship. This was the first time a single origin coffee took home top honors at the competition, a trend that now dominates current barista competitions.... Read more »

February 25, 2015

In January of 2011, we released our first seasonal espresso, Honey Badger. The name was inspired by the pursuit of sweetness with an aggressive, assertive edge – a blend both wildly citric and decidedly sweet. Sugar Glider was the second seasonal espresso blend we crafted, and it was the yin to Honey Badger's yang. Soft, sweet, and almost cuddly (like the little gliding mammals), Sugar Glider is your warm, huggable espresso friend.... Read more »

February 20, 2015

This weekend three Intelligentsia employees will compete in the United States Coffee Championships, taking place in Long Beach California. This is the national competition that all the regionals have been leading up to. There are two competitions: the United States Barista Championship and the United States Brewers Cup.... Read more »

February 11, 2015

Two weeks ago, we took our Uppers and Downers series to the next level, and held our first ever coffee beer festival. An ongoing, collaborative series with Michael Kiser of Good Beer Hunting, this was the biggest thing we've done yet: 600 people, a multi-roaster espresso bar courtesy of La Marzocco Home, 14 brewers and a huge array of beer styles with coffee as a key ingredient.... Read more »

January 23, 2015

This weekend - we've sent a full team over to Park City, Utah to run a pop-up Intelligentsia coffeebar at the Sundance Film Festival. We're there with our friends at Acura, and have a full pourover bar with Acaia scales, and a La Marzocco 2 group Linea. Our baristas came from Intelligentsia locations in Chicago, New York and Atlanta, and they'll be serving up coffee starting today through Monday. This our first time participating in Sundance and we couldn't be more excited. If you're in the area, drop by and say hi!... Read more »

January 12, 2015

The secret is out: the 2014 harvest from Rwanda is spectacular. To celebrate ongoing success in Rwanda and our bountiful stock of amazing coffee from the country, we're launching our first Single Origin Espresso of 2015 from the Nyarusiza washing station.

We've taken time to develop a specific roast designed especially for extraction as espresso. This coffee offers lots of complexity and vivacity, with diverse flavors of orange peel, fresh fig, and gingerbread.

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December 4, 2014

For over a year, Intelligentsia Coffee + Good Beer Hunting have been working with some of the most creative brewers and roasters in the country to create and showcase innovative coffee beers. Through a series of educational and competitive events, the series has inspired some amazing creations, such as a coffee saison, coffee quad, and even a cascara cider among many others.... Read more »

October 31, 2014

This week - the New Zealand All Blacks will play the USA Eagles in Chicago's Soldier Field. Rugby isn't too popular in the US yet, despite a strong similarity to NFL, but this game is set to be something special. The All Blacks are one of the best teams in the world and the Eagles are fast creating a reputation as a formidable force. To celebrate the game - we decided to add Flat White to our Chicago menus for the week. We asked our retail educator Andy Atkinson to explain what goes into this well known drink.... Read more »

October 13, 2014

The Big Western coffee competitions wrapped up on Friday and we are extremely proud of our Pasadena shift lead, Sarah Anderson, who won first place in the Southwest Brewers Cup as well as Silverlake manager, Eden-Marie Abramowicz, who took second place in the Barista Competition by just two and a half points.... Read more »

September 17, 2014

Starting the week of September 22, we are launching our line of newly redesigned coffee bags. These new bags are an evolution of our existing bags with some much needed improvements in both look and structure.... Read more »