Articles About Intelligentsia

December 15, 2015

We love it when our customers have time to enjoy a cup of coffee out of a ceramic cup while sitting in our coffeebars, but understand this is not always possible. Over the years we have looked for ways to create the same experience that we offer in our coffeebars for our customers on the go. This has been extremely difficult until recently, because we finally found a solution!... Read more »

December 2, 2015

Following our Cyber Monday promotion, we're offering special deals throughout December. Choose from our wide selection of single origin coffees, blends and home brewing gear, and enjoy free UPS Surepost shipping. For the entire months of December 2015 we are offering free shipping to all consumer orders over $75. No coupons needed or special links or telling 10 friends on facebook. Just order and go! Offer applies to all UPS Supepost shipments in the contiguous 48 states from December 1 - December 31, 2015.... Read more »

November 30, 2015

Today only! Take 20% off any coffee and tea prodcucts on our site. Use coupon code CYBER2015 during checkout. You'll receive 20% off all coffee and tea products in your order.

In addition to the sale, we are offering FREE UPS Surepost shipping all day. Any order you place on the site will be eligible for free shipping.

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November 17, 2015

Fortified! That's the best word I can think of to summarize the way most of us are feeling after the Extraordinary Coffee Workshop that took place just over a week ago in Guatemala. It never ceases to impress me just how much power there is in community, and how easy it is to find inspiration when surrounded by people who share a genuine passion for what they do.... Read more »

October 30, 2015

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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October 19, 2015

What does it take to create something that truly deserves to be called special? We know that it requires careful, deliberate, and unrelenting effort. Making coffees that are extraordinary in every way is an endless challenge, and is only possible when there is real collaborative effort between farmers, roasters and baristas.

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July 31, 2015

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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June 24, 2015

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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June 23, 2015

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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June 3, 2015

Perennially one of our favorite relationship coffees, La Tortuga comes from high in the mountains of Marcala, in the department of La Paz. The farms reach as high as 1650 meters above sea level, high enough that you can see the volcanoes of El Salvador from the farm. Don Fabio Caballero is a third generation coffee producer, experience that’s evident in his coffee.

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