Articles About Direct Trade

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 »

February 4, 2013

Learn about how Direct Trade encourages transparency and incentivizes quality from Intelligentsia's own, Geoff Watts.... Read more »

December 12, 2012

Check out our new video that features Intelligentsia’s founder, Doug Zell, discussing effective merchandising strategies that can grow your business.

 

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October 31, 2012

Come inside our Chicago Roasting Works and learn a little bit more about what we do, how we view coffee, and the great people who make it all happen. ... Read more »