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On Day two of our eighth annual Extraordinary Coffee Workshop, we will narrow the focus of our agenda to just two items: the mill and the model.

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Michael Sheridan
Director of Sourcing and Sustainability


Today our 8th annual Extraordinary Coffee Workshop gets underway in Costa Rica.

We aren’t storming into coffee fields, wading into washing tanks or mounting an ambitious cupping exercise to inaugurate this year’s ECW. Instead, we are sharing some great coffee with old friends and settling in for thought-provoking presentations by three experts from World Coffee Research.

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Michael Sheridan
Director of Sourcing and Sustainability

Beginning this afternoon, my colleagues and I will be receiving friends from all over the world in Costa Rica for the eighth edition of our annual Extraordinary Coffee Workshop.

I have been at Intelligentsia for barely three months, but I have been watching the evolution of ECW with great interest for years and working with growers who have had the exceptional good fortune to participant. So when a colleague asked me recently to summarize ECW, I suggested it could be synthesized into three Cs.

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By Michael Sheridan
Director of Sourcing and Sustainability

Years ago I heard someone draw a distinction between luck and serendipity. Luck, he said, is just that: an accident. Dumb luck. Serendipity, on the other hand, is a particular kind of luck, and there is nothing dumb about it. Serendipity, he suggested, is the luck that comes about as the result of careful planning and hard work.

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By Michael Sheridan
Director of Sourcing and Sustainability

Nearly seven years ago, in early 2010, my colleague Geoff Watts wrote five lines that cast a long shadow over years of debate in specialty coffee over the proper role of naturals, or dry-processed coffees.

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Coffee & Music - both are shared, loved and celebrated. We have partnered with LSTN Headphones to help reveal this perfect duo.
Share your #CoffeeJams experience on Instagram for a chance to win coffee & music prizes.... Read more »

By Michael Sheridan
Director of Sourcing and Sustainability
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We love it when our customers have time to enjoy a cup of coffee out of a ceramic cup while sitting in our coffeebars, but understand this is not always possible. Over the years we have looked for ways to create the same experience that we offer in our coffeebars for our customers on the go. This has been extremely difficult until recently, because we finally found a solution!... Read more »

Following our Cyber Monday promotion, we're offering special deals throughout December. Choose from our wide selection of single origin coffees, blends and home brewing gear, and enjoy free UPS Surepost shipping. For the entire months of December 2015 we are offering free shipping to all consumer orders over $75. No coupons needed or special links or telling 10 friends on facebook. Just order and go! Offer applies to all UPS Supepost shipments in the contiguous 48 states from December 1 - December 31, 2015.... Read more »

Fortified! That's the best word I can think of to summarize the way most of us are feeling after the Extraordinary Coffee Workshop that took place just over a week ago in Guatemala. It never ceases to impress me just how much power there is in community, and how easy it is to find inspiration when surrounded by people who share a genuine passion for what they do.... Read more »