Articles About Direct Trade

October 4, 2013

Coffee Beer — it's a way to start your day, and end it, all at the same time. It's uppers and downers in a glass.

Ten years ago or more, the first coffee beers were undoubtedly stouts and porters — beers with a strong roast character and a charred-bean-like bitterness. Adding coffee to a beer like this seemed almost inevitable. Some of the world's greatest beers, like Three Floyds' Dark Lord and Goose Island's Bourbon County Coffee Stout, are know for turning this art into a science.... Read more »

September 9, 2013

UPDATE: This coffee is now out of stock and will return in the fall of 2014.

The original Sapsucker Espresso Blend—released in December of 2011, was designed around a fully-washed Ethiopia Yirgacheffe. The concept was based on our love of the delicate and complex profile of Ethiopian coffees, and was an attempt to heighten the presence of flavor attributes we loved in an espresso blend, without losing any of the subtly to either roasting approach or extraction parameters.... Read more »

August 27, 2013

Day five concludes the 2013 edition of the Extraordinary Coffee Workshop at Hinterland Mill to see cutting edge cutting and pruning techniques on their farm. Geoff Watts gives a talk on Intelligentsia's new cupping form followed by a sensory analysis workshop for growers. Dr. Flavio Borem provides a lecture about how different processing techniques affect quality. CEO and Founder of Intelligentsia, Doug Zell, gives a talk on the state of coffee in the United States, and the day concludes with a round table discussion.

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August 27, 2013

At the end of day three the group travelled to Carmo de Minas where day four begins at CarmoCoffee's dry mill for a tour of the facilities. Intelligentsia's James McLaughlin talks about the 2014 green coffee buying plan and the day finishes with a walk around parts of the farm to see harvesting, farm practices and the cherry delivery at the end of the day.

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August 27, 2013

Day three begins with a talk by Joaquim Brando about the use of technology in coffee processing. Our group travels to the Bourbon Mill where a cupping of various processing techniques takes place.

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August 27, 2013

Day two takes us to Vale de Grama Farm to learn about their farm practices and coffee processing methods. Dr. Laercio Zambolim gives a lecture about his research on leaf rust. A return to the farm offers the opportunity to see the day's cherry harvest delivered and processed.

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August 27, 2013

Attendees of the 2013 ECW arrive in São Paulo, Brazil and are welcomed by a cocktail hour and dinner.

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August 13, 2013

"Epe", as he is known to his friends talks to us about why he attends Intelligentsia's Extraordinary Coffee Workshop each and every year.... Read more »

July 18, 2013

This August, Intelligentsia is bringing the Extraordinary Coffee Workshop back to origin. After Colombia, El Salvador, Los Angeles and Chicago, we are delighted to announce that the fifth ECW is taking place in Brazil!... Read more »

May 16, 2013

Chicago is home to some of the best restaurants in the World, and lucky for us we get to work with a lot of them. We mentioned a number of these in our recent post about the James Beard nominations, and were delighted when earlier this month Chef Paul Kahan was announced as the shared winner for Outstanding Chef! Paul Kahan is the executive chef for incredible restaurants like Blackbird, Avec, PQM, Big Star and The Publican. Along with his partners Donnie Madia and Eduard Seitan, their One Off Hospitality group has built a reputation for original spaces with incredible food served with minimal fuss. This commitment to quality ingredients extends to their coffee service. We spoke to Chef Paul Kahan about their long relationship with Intelligentsia and what it takes to do restaurant coffee right.... Read more »