Articles About ECW

March 4, 2015

The Borderlands Project is one of the most exciting and innovative development programs being operated in coffee today. Its mission is relatively specific: to help improve the livelihoods of thousands of smallholder farmers living in the border regions of Southern Colombia and Northern Ecuador. Coffee was identified as the most appropriate vehicle to support this goal, as the area is blessed with advantageous climate conditions that create the potential for extraordinary coffee quality.... Read more »

January 23, 2015

THE BEST WAY to describe the nature of the Extraordinary Coffee Workshop is one part meeting of the minds, one part family reunion, and one part perspective-enhancing travel that helps us all grow as coffee professionals and strengthen our partnerships with one another. Every year it changes location, and our ever-growing international collective of coffee producers comes together to learn and share. Over the past five years we’ve hosted the event in Colombia, El Salvador, Brazil and the US. The 6th annual ECW was our first in Africa and the most ambitious event we’ve ever planned.... 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 »

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 »