Articles About Innovation

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 »

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 11, 2015

Two weeks ago, we took our Uppers and Downers series to the next level, and held our first ever coffee beer festival. An ongoing, collaborative series with Michael Kiser of Good Beer Hunting, this was the biggest thing we've done yet: 600 people, a multi-roaster espresso bar courtesy of La Marzocco Home, 14 brewers and a huge array of beer styles with coffee as a key ingredient.... 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 23, 2015

This weekend - we've sent a full team over to Park City, Utah to run a pop-up Intelligentsia coffeebar at the Sundance Film Festival. We're there with our friends at Acura, and have a full pourover bar with Acaia scales, and a La Marzocco 2 group Linea. Our baristas came from Intelligentsia locations in Chicago, New York and Atlanta, and they'll be serving up coffee starting today through Monday. This our first time participating in Sundance and we couldn't be more excited. If you're in the area, drop by and say hi!... 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 »

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 »

December 8, 2014

We're excited to announce three very special collections of beautiful and rare coffees from Café Inmaculada, Finca Santuario and Finca Takesi. Continuing our line of reserve coffees first launched in January of this year, each collection is wrapped in custom letterpress designs from Rohner Letterpress.... Read more »

December 4, 2014

For over a year, Intelligentsia Coffee + Good Beer Hunting have been working with some of the most creative brewers and roasters in the country to create and showcase innovative coffee beers. Through a series of educational and competitive events, the series has inspired some amazing creations, such as a coffee saison, coffee quad, and even a cascara cider among many others.... 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 »