Two weeks ago, we took our Uppers and Downers series to the next level, and held our first ever coffee beer festival. An ongoing, collaborative series with Michael Kiser of Good Beer Hunting, this was the biggest thing we've done yet: 600 people, a multi-roaster espresso bar courtesy of La Marzocco Home, 14 brewers and a huge array of beer styles with coffee as a key ingredient.... Read more »
Valentine's Day is a holiday that can cement or destroy relationships. Equally loved and despised for its annual call to romantic gestures, it's a holiday that people either look forward to, consistently forget or consciously ignore.
Wary of its powerful, albeit mawkish impact, we looked for a way to get us all through February, regardless of our position on the holiday. We turn as always to coffee, and after spending the best part of January working on ideas, decided to revive an old favorite, Eros Blend.... Read more »
There are some people that are not afraid to challenge the status quo. They reject conventional wisdom. They push boundaries. When these people succeed, they create new paradigms. They write a new set of rules. The family behind Finca Takesi—the world's highest coffee farm— has redefined the accepted standards surrounding the elevation at which coffee can thrive. The results achieved are truly stunning coffees.... Read more »
This weekend - we've sent a full team over to Park City, Utah to run a pop-up Intelligentsia coffeebar at the Sundance Film Festival. We're there with our friends at Acura, and have a full pourover bar with Acaia scales, and a La Marzocco 2 group Linea. Our baristas came from Intelligentsia locations in Chicago, New York and Atlanta, and they'll be serving up coffee starting today through Monday. This our first time participating in Sundance and we couldn't be more excited. If you're in the area, drop by and say hi!... Read more »
THE BEST WAY to describe the nature of the Extraordinary Coffee Workshop is one part meeting of the minds, one part family reunion, and one part perspective-enhancing travel that helps us all grow as coffee professionals and strengthen our partnerships with one another. Every year it changes location, and our ever-growing international collective of coffee producers comes together to learn and share. Over the past five years we’ve hosted the event in Colombia, El Salvador, Brazil and the US. The 6th annual ECW was our first in Africa and the most ambitious event we’ve ever planned.... Read more »
Finca Takesi is an organic coffee farm in Yanacachi, high in the Sud Yungas mountain region of Bolivia. With 38 hectares of fertile land surrounding a nearby tungsten and tin mine at their disposal, Mariana Iturralde and her father Carlos set out in 2001 to prove that phenomenal specialty coffee can be grown at extreme altitudes. Growing coffee at upwards of 2500 m.a.s.l, Finca Takesi is the world's highest altitude coffee farm.... Read more »
The secret is out: the 2014 harvest from Rwanda is spectacular. To celebrate ongoing success in Rwanda and our bountiful stock of amazing coffee from the country, we're launching our first Single Origin Espresso of 2015 from the Nyarusiza washing station.
We've taken time to develop a specific roast designed especially for extraction as espresso. This coffee offers lots of complexity and vivacity, with diverse flavors of orange peel, fresh fig, and gingerbread.... Read more »
The natural landscape of Bolivia, with it's high altitude mountain ranges, climate extremes, and abundance of fertile soils, should give Bolivian coffee farmers a distinct advantage when it comes to producing exceptional quality coffees. That said, Bolivian specialty coffee is still a somewhat rare bird. Bolivia exports only a very limited supply of specialty quality beans each year. Due to substantially higher production costs and generally lower yields, farmers in Bolivia often turn away from coffee as a cash crop in favor of more lucrative ventures like coca or quinoa.... Read more »
This Tres Santos Limited Release is particularly exciting for us because of its historical relevance. In 2005 we held a competition to select our top three coffees of the year and among the winners was a farmer in Cauca, Colombia named Javier Ladino. The prize that year was a trip to Chicago to visit our roasting facility and retail shops and get to know our staff. It was in January and coincided with the coldest stretch of days the city had experienced in years. I still remember the shock on Sr.... Read more »
As part of our reserve collection series - we're getting ready to launch the Finca Santuario Collection. Some of you may remember the Santuario name from years past. Our first Extraordinary Coffee Workshop took place at the farm, we've sold its incredible coffees many times over the years and we even hosted a special dinner at our Pasadena coffeebar where local chefs developed an eight-course meal pairing each dish to different coffees from the Santuario variety garden.... Read more »