Articles About Direct Trade

January 12, 2015

The natural landscape of Bolivia, with it's high altitude mountain ranges, climate extremes, and abundance of fertile soils, should give Bolivian coffee farmers a distinct advantage when it comes to producing exceptional quality coffees. That said, Bolivian specialty coffee is still a somewhat rare bird. Bolivia exports only a very limited supply of specialty quality beans each year. Due to substantially higher production costs and generally lower yields, farmers in Bolivia often turn away from coffee as a cash crop in favor of more lucrative ventures like coca or quinoa.... Read more »

January 5, 2015

This Tres Santos Limited Release is particularly exciting for us because of its historical relevance. In 2005 we held a competition to select our top three coffees of the year and among the winners was a farmer in Cauca, Colombia named Javier Ladino. The prize that year was a trip to Chicago to visit our roasting facility and retail shops and get to know our staff. It was in January and coincided with the coldest stretch of days the city had experienced in years. I still remember the shock on Sr.... Read more »

December 23, 2014

As part of our reserve collection series - we're getting ready to launch the Finca Santuario Collection. Some of you may remember the Santuario name from years past. Our first Extraordinary Coffee Workshop took place at the farm, we've sold its incredible coffees many times over the years and we even hosted a special dinner at our Pasadena coffeebar where local chefs developed an eight-course meal pairing each dish to different coffees from the Santuario variety garden.... Read more »

December 8, 2014

We're excited to announce three very special collections of beautiful and rare coffees from Café Inmaculada, Finca Santuario and Finca Takesi. Continuing our line of reserve coffees first launched in January of this year, each collection is wrapped in custom letterpress designs from Rohner Letterpress.... Read more »

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 »

November 27, 2014

This week, we're hosting our annual Direct Trade event Extraordinary Coffee Workshop. As many of you know, this is really special for us as it brings together all of our Direct Trade coffee producers to share coffee, ideas and forge friendships. Now in its sixth year, we can confidently say that the result of this event is better coffee for you and I, and more sustainable, successful businesses for our producers. This year's event is particularly special as we're bringing these world class producers back to the country that gave coffee to the world - Ethiopia.... 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 »

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 »