Articles About Innovation

January 17, 2014

Last night, Geoff Watts and Sam Sabori attended the award ceremony of the 2014 Good Food Awards, held in San Francisco. This was Intelligentsia’s second consecutive year being nominated in the prestigious competition, and we are delighted to announce that our Kurimi, Ethiopia was a winner!... Read more »

January 7, 2014

Our friends over at Sprudge.com just posted the winners of their Sprudgie Awards, an annual tradition highlighting the best developments in specialty coffee around the world. Each member on their editorial team visited Logan over the past year to experience the unique service style and bar design.... Read more »

December 6, 2013

For the 5th year in a row, we've sent a team of baristas to Miami and set up a full bar at the NADA Art Fair. Art Basel Miami is one of the biggest art shows in the world each year, so big that it has spawned many satellite shows that take place around Miami at the same time. NADA ( New Art Dealers Alliance) is one of the biggest, and showcases the world’s youngest and strongest art galleries dealing with emerging Contemporary Art.

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October 30, 2013

This past weekend, the first regional for the US Barista Championship and Brewers Cup took place. Titled the Big Central, the event took place in Minneapolis in a boxing gym called Uppercut Gym. The event represents the regional for a total of sixteen states, split into the North Central and South Central, mean a total of four champions were announced – two for Barista, and two for Brewers.... Read more »

October 4, 2013

Coffee Beer — it's a way to start your day, and end it, all at the same time. It's uppers and downers in a glass.

Ten years ago or more, the first coffee beers were undoubtedly stouts and porters — beers with a strong roast character and a charred-bean-like bitterness. Adding coffee to a beer like this seemed almost inevitable. Some of the world's greatest beers, like Three Floyds' Dark Lord and Goose Island's Bourbon County Coffee Stout, are know for turning this art into a science.... Read more »

July 18, 2013

This August, Intelligentsia is bringing the Extraordinary Coffee Workshop back to origin. After Colombia, El Salvador, Los Angeles and Chicago, we are delighted to announce that the fifth ECW is taking place in Brazil!... Read more »

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 »