Articles About Direct Trade

August 20, 2014

Here at Intelligentsia, we look for interesting ways to promote our brand – one of which is aligning ourselves with brands that exist around coffee: design, fashion, art or music. The recent collaboration with St Vincent was one such example, and tomorrow we’re launching a collaboration with The New Pornographers.... Read more »

July 18, 2014

This has been a fun week for Intelligentsia Chicago - we opened a new coffeebar in Wicker Park, we're running a coffeebar backstage in the green room at Pitchfork Music Festival and earlier in the week, Chicago magazine announced we were Reader's Choice for the Best Coffee in Chicago.... Read more »

June 18, 2014

Last year, Good Beer Hunting and Intelligentsia Coffee launched a collaboration exploring the intersection of coffee and beer making called Uppers & Downers. See the whole story on GBH.com.... Read more »

May 1, 2014

This Monday, we are introducing a new offering to our lineup – Frequency Blend. This is a brewed coffee blend, designed to offer a flavor profile that sits between between the darker roast of our El Diablo, and the brightness and snap of our House Blend.... Read more »

April 17, 2014

Miguel and Lee Corrina Cano have a background in product design, strategy and sustainability, and an intense love for all things simple and delicious. After discovering the world of high-quality specialty coffee, it wasn't long before the couple came up with their own plan to fill a niche for accessible, hand-crafted coffees in an authentic, warm-modern environment.... Read more »

March 13, 2014

This past Monday night, we hosted a Q&A with James McLaughlin from Intelligentsia and the producers from Finca Takesi at our Broadway coffeebar.... Read more »

March 4, 2014

On Monday, March 10, Intelligentsia Broadway will host an evening with Mariana Iturralde Costa and Juvenal Quijhua Ari from Finca Takesi in Bolivia. At 2450m, Takesi is considered one of the highest coffee farms in the world, presenting unprecedented challenges and remarkable quality.... Read more »

January 17, 2014

Last night, Geoff Watts and Sam Sabori attended the award ceremony of the 2014 Good Food Awards, held in San Francisco. This was Intelligentsia’s second consecutive year being nominated in the prestigious competition, and we are delighted to announce that our Kurimi, Ethiopia was a winner!... Read more »

November 18, 2013

Our Ethiopia coffees continue to impress us this year. The Yirgacheffe has been a favorite for many of our customers and staff since its launch in the summer. It's as vibrant as ever and recently scored in the high 90s by our QC department during our quality assurance tests.... Read more »

October 30, 2013

This past weekend, the first regional for the US Barista Championship and Brewers Cup took place. Titled the Big Central, the event took place in Minneapolis in a boxing gym called Uppercut Gym. The event represents the regional for a total of sixteen states, split into the North Central and South Central, mean a total of four champions were announced – two for Barista, and two for Brewers.... Read more »