Articles About Espresso

June 3, 2015

In the tradition of our other seasonal espressos, Fruit Bat has been designated and identified by an animal with a “coffee personality.” It is named for a suborder of “megabats,” sometimes known as flying foxes. These majestic creatures do not echolocate like other bats and feed exclusively on fruit and nectar. It stands to reason, then, that we attempt to craft this blend to mimic the sweetness and flavor of ripe fruit.

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March 23, 2015

Intelligentsia Coffee is privileged to offer, for the third consecutive year, a Black Cat Project espresso sourced from our longtime Direct Trade partners at Finca Matalapa in El Salvador. Our history with coffees from Finca Matalapa runs deep. Finca Matalapa debuted as an Intelligentsia espresso in 2008, when it was used to win that year’s United States Barista Championship. This was the first time a single origin coffee took home top honors at the competition, a trend that now dominates current barista competitions.... Read more »

February 25, 2015

In January of 2011, we released our first seasonal espresso, Honey Badger. The name was inspired by the pursuit of sweetness with an aggressive, assertive edge – a blend both wildly citric and decidedly sweet. Sugar Glider was the second seasonal espresso blend we crafted, and it was the yin to Honey Badger's yang. Soft, sweet, and almost cuddly (like the little gliding mammals), Sugar Glider is your warm, huggable espresso friend.... Read more »

February 20, 2015

This weekend three Intelligentsia employees will compete in the United States Coffee Championships, taking place in Long Beach California. This is the national competition that all the regionals have been leading up to. There are two competitions: the United States Barista Championship and the United States Brewers Cup.... Read more »

January 12, 2015

The secret is out: the 2014 harvest from Rwanda is spectacular. To celebrate ongoing success in Rwanda and our bountiful stock of amazing coffee from the country, we're launching our first Single Origin Espresso of 2015 from the Nyarusiza washing station.

We've taken time to develop a specific roast designed especially for extraction as espresso. This coffee offers lots of complexity and vivacity, with diverse flavors of orange peel, fresh fig, and gingerbread.

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October 31, 2014

This week - the New Zealand All Blacks will play the USA Eagles in Chicago's Soldier Field. Rugby isn't too popular in the US yet, despite a strong similarity to NFL, but this game is set to be something special. The All Blacks are one of the best teams in the world and the Eagles are fast creating a reputation as a formidable force. To celebrate the game - we decided to add Flat White to our Chicago menus for the week. We asked our retail educator Andy Atkinson to explain what goes into this well known drink.... 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 »

September 17, 2014

Starting the week of September 22, we are launching our line of newly redesigned coffee bags. These new bags are an evolution of our existing bags with some much needed improvements in both look and structure.... 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 Read more »

April 21, 2014

As many of you know, cupping is a key function of our daily work at Intelligentsia. We use it to decide which coffees to buy, dialing in roasts, quality assurance, blend constitution, and research and development.... Read more »