Articles About In Season

February 16, 2015

This was a truly remarkable and record setting year for Vickie Dalton’s Matalapa and Intelligentsia. Great weather, and a concerted effort by everyone, allowed us to select and ship this coffee earlier than ever before. This year’s rains caused a whopping five flowerings on the trees, which normally see two or three, providing a much larger and spread-out harvest.... Read more »

February 5, 2015

There are some people that are not afraid to challenge the status quo. They reject conventional wisdom. They push boundaries. When these people succeed, they create new paradigms. They write a new set of rules. The family behind Finca Takesi—the world's highest coffee farm— has redefined the accepted standards surrounding the elevation at which coffee can thrive. The results achieved are truly stunning coffees.... Read more »

January 21, 2015

Finca Takesi is an organic coffee farm in Yanacachi, high in the Sud Yungas mountain region of Bolivia. With 38 hectares of fertile land surrounding a nearby tungsten and tin mine at their disposal, Mariana Iturralde and her father Carlos set out in 2001 to prove that phenomenal specialty coffee can be grown at extreme altitudes. Growing coffee at upwards of 2500 m.a.s.l, Finca Takesi is the world's highest altitude coffee farm.

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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 »

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 »

March 13, 2014

This past Monday night, we hosted a Q&A with James McLaughlin from Intelligentsia and the producers from Finca Takesi at our Broadway coffeebar.... Read more »

March 4, 2014

On Monday, March 10, Intelligentsia Broadway will host an evening with Mariana Iturralde Costa and Juvenal Quijhua Ari from Finca Takesi in Bolivia. At 2450m, Takesi is considered one of the highest coffee farms in the world, presenting unprecedented challenges and remarkable quality.... Read more »

February 12, 2014

We've been fortunate to have worked with Steven and Ground Support for almost five years now. They have successfully combined great coffee and great food in a coffee shop setting, which is hard to do. There's no question they have an unwavering commitment to being great at what they do. We're very proud to call Ground Support a partner.... Read more »