Articles About Direct Trade

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 »

April 29, 2013

The final installment of this four part series on Organic farming provides a summary of our series as well as a look at the true relative value of this endeavor.... Read more »

April 23, 2013

We make choices every day, and it is in our interests to be as thorough as we can when making them so that we can be confident in our decisions and reasonably sure they are based on good information rather than erroneous assumptions. When considering organic coffee, there are some common misperceptions that may lead us to make choices that don’t always correspond with our personal goals the way they might appear to on the surface.

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April 9, 2013

Coffee, when cultivated under the right conditions, is a friend to both conservationists and social justice activists. It is one of the only cash crops in the world that can be grown in rustic, bio-diverse environments under native shade canopy. It is a woody perennial that supports the livelihoods of millions of small farmers around the globe and often serves as the last buffer to deforestation. When traded fairly and transparently, it can be a powerful vehicle to help families in developing countries overcome poverty.... Read more »

March 25, 2013

Coffee is full of surprises, and every season a handful of coffees emerge as standout favorites amongst our lineup of all-star caliber offerings. During the last couple of months our selection of Colombian coffees from Huila and Nariño--sold under the Tres Santos banner--have been singled out by both our baristas and our roasters as the ‘stars’ of the moment. Over the last 17 years every origin we work with has had its time in the sun, embraced above all others as the most beloved coffee on the list.... Read more »