Articles About Innovation

July 9, 2013

Humidity aside, this is a pretty exciting week in our home town of Chicago. With so many of the Intelli family biking to and from work each day, and more than a handful competitive racers on staff, we couldn’t be more pleased to be the title sponsors of this year’s Prairie State Cycling Series.... Read more »

June 21, 2013

I can confidently say that one of the best espressos I have ever had was a shot of last year’s Summer Solstice, and I will never get to have it again. But that’s the point with our seasonal blends. They don’t stay. And no two years are ever the same. To expect differently is to miss the whole reason why they’re great.... Read more »

June 12, 2013

After our recent case studies of Gasoline Alley in New York, and Publican Restaurant here in Chicago, we spoke with Luke and Alexis Shaffer, owners of the wonderful 21st Street Coffee and Tea in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Luke & Alexis are both engineers by training, and they apply the same exacting standards and attention to detail from that profession to their coffee approach, to the great benefit of the good people of Pittsburgh. Each of their two locations boasts single origin menus and a variety of different brew methods for customers to enjoy.... Read more »

April 23, 2013

This Wednesday night we are opening our new Logan Square Coffeebar in Chicago. In addition to the remodel we just completed on our original Broadway location, this will be the first of five new coffeebars we open this year. Check out the teaser trailer below.... Read more »

April 5, 2013

Korean-based Magazine {B} focused their November 2012 edition on Intelligentsia. Every month, the company publishes a magazine that features one brand they deem "well-balanced" and we were incredibly excited to be featured for their November issue. In the past, they've featured other brands like Lush, Ray-Ban, and Snow Peak.

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February 4, 2013

Learn about how Direct Trade encourages transparency and incentivizes quality from Intelligentsia's own, Geoff Watts.... Read more »

January 17, 2013

Get a glimpse into how Chris Kornman, a member of our roasting and QC team, ensures Black Cat quality every Friday.

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December 12, 2012

Check out our new video that features Intelligentsia’s founder, Doug Zell, discussing effective merchandising strategies that can grow your business.

 

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November 27, 2012

The espresso bar has come a long way since the days of over-sized mugs and comfy couches. Now, the addition of an espresso bar can help create an environment that encourages personal interactions between customers and a baristas.

When designing a coffee shop, one of the most important things to consider is flow. The ways in which customers navigate your shop, order, pay, and collect their drinks can have huge consequences on the success of your business. One of the simplest decisions that can inform your bar layout is the placement of the point of sale. 

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October 31, 2012

Come inside our Chicago Roasting Works and learn a little bit more about what we do, how we view coffee, and the great people who make it all happen. ... Read more »