Articles About Innovation

As of today, a portion of Intelligentsia was sold to Peet's Coffee, the "Granddaddy" of specialty coffee. Speaking for myself, this is an interesting and rewarding place to land. We've pushed really hard for over twenty years. This recognizes that we have transformed the landscape about what is possible in coffee; from the way producers are treated and remunerated to how coffee is roasted and valued, the feedback given to producers, to valuing and transforming the skill, hospitality, and craft of barista.

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This one is pretty exciting - a collection of three geisha coffees, each from a different continent. The next release in our reserve series, this exclusive Geisha collection offers a rare glimpse into one of the most renowned varieties of coffee in the world. Geisha coffees are famous for their intense floral aromatics, and complex sweetness. Its use in competitions has vaulted farms and baristas to international acclaim, and while many producers have started planting it, the low yield still makes geisha coffees somewhat rare.

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For the third consecutive year, Intelligentsia Coffee is the proud title sponsor of the Prairie Street Cycling Series. These fantastic bicycle races run in six cities across Chicagoland from July 17 – 26, and attract racers from across the country. The last race takes place right outside our roasting works in Chicago's Fulton Market​!​

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Long hours of sunshine, warm weather, days at the beach, and barbecues – summer is already upon us again. The arrival of the summer solstice brings with it the longest day of the year and the symbolic start to the summer season. During this time, throughout the centuries and across cultures, celebrations of harvest, abundance, and the fullness of life have filled the summer air with warmth, joy, and optimism brought about by the sun’s brilliance. It is in this tradition that our seasonal Summer Solstice Blend was conceived.

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Just in time for Father's Day, we've teamed up with our friends over at Soma to launch the perfect gift for the coffee loving Dad. ... Read more »

It’s been a minute since our last music collaboration, but as Summer approaches and Spring lets us shake off the last cobwebs of Winter, it’s time we celebrate the things that happen around the cup and partner with the best out there. Tomorrow we announce a new collaboration with Grado Labs, a Brooklyn based company that hand makes headphones and cartridges. The team from Grado came by our New York lab last week and tasted a bunch of our fresh crop arrivals from Central America. Their favorite was Los Delirios from Nicaragua.... Read more »

To the Greeks, Persephone was the daughter of harvest goddess Demeter. Popular mythology tells that Persephone was kidnapped by Hades, lord of the underworld. When Demeter learned of her daughter's fate, she conspired to prevent the earth's plants from bearing fruits until Persephone was allowed to return. Zeus consented to allow the restitution of the young goddess to the land of the living, though she was required to return to Hades annually because she had consumed pomegranate seeds, the fruit of the underworld.... Read more »

The Borderlands Project is one of the most exciting and innovative development programs being operated in coffee today. Its mission is relatively specific: to help improve the livelihoods of thousands of smallholder farmers living in the border regions of Southern Colombia and Northern Ecuador. Coffee was identified as the most appropriate vehicle to support this goal, as the area is blessed with advantageous climate conditions that create the potential for extraordinary coffee quality.... Read more »

This past weekend, Intelligentsia barista Sarah Anderson won the 2015 US Brewers Cup. Sarah is a senior barista at our Pasadena location in California and won the South West Regional back in October. It's the first time Intelligentsia has won this competition, and the first time it's been won by a female competitor.... Read more »

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 »