Articles About Innovation

July 18, 2014

Intelligentsia was born in Chicago ​ in 1995.​ ​It was ​in ​the neighborhoods of this city that ​we gr​e​w and buil​t​ coffeebars. Our success, fueled in Chicago, allowed us to reach other great cities as well. We feel indebted to our hometown and it will always be home. We probably won’t build any more shops here, so we wanted to launch this ​shop by giving something back to the community and the city that believed in us from the start. ​... 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 GBH.com.... Read more »

May 1, 2014

This Monday, we are introducing a new offering to our lineup – Frequency Blend. This is a brewed coffee blend, designed to offer a flavor profile that sits between between the darker roast of our El Diablo, and the brightness and snap of our House Blend.... 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 »

April 18, 2014

Executive Chef and Co-Owner of the Mozza Restaurant Group, Nancy Silverton talks about the immense importance of coffee in a fine dining environment and why she has chosen Intelligentsia as her partner of choice.... Read more »

April 17, 2014

Miguel and Lee Corrina Cano have a background in product design, strategy and sustainability, and an intense love for all things simple and delicious. After discovering the world of high-quality specialty coffee, it wasn't long before the couple came up with their own plan to fill a niche for accessible, hand-crafted coffees in an authentic, warm-modern environment.... 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 »

January 29, 2014

3 Days in Paris is a small, local crepe shop that specializes in making hand-held, street style, sweet and savory crepes.  The journey began in 2008 when I went on a tour of Europe with my family and spent 3 days in Paris. While there we all enjoyed eating crepes on the go while touring the sights. Once back home, I craved those same crepes and began the process of learning to make them in my kitchen.... Read more »