Articles About Intelligentsia

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 »

May 16, 2013

Chicago is home to some of the best restaurants in the World, and lucky for us we get to work with a lot of them. We mentioned a number of these in our recent post about the James Beard nominations, and were delighted when earlier this month Chef Paul Kahan was announced as the shared winner for Outstanding Chef! Paul Kahan is the executive chef for incredible restaurants like Blackbird, Avec, PQM, Big Star and The Publican. Along with his partners Donnie Madia and Eduard Seitan, their One Off Hospitality group has built a reputation for original spaces with incredible food served with minimal fuss. This commitment to quality ingredients extends to their coffee service. We spoke to Chef Paul Kahan about their long relationship with Intelligentsia and what it takes to do restaurant coffee right.... Read more »

May 1, 2013

The range of colors that can appear in an espresso are remarkable. Knowing what those colors mean, and how the changes in color manifest in your cup can be a little tricky to understand. To help you with this, our team of wholesale educators sat down to provide a visual guide to the various stages in a shot of espresso. The base of every cappuccino or latte, pulling a great espresso is critical to serving delicious drinks in your bar.... Read more »

April 29, 2013

The final installment of this four part series on Organic farming provides a summary of our series as well as a look at the true relative value of this endeavor.... 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 23, 2013

Last summer we saw countless stories about iced coffee in the press. Most of these focused on the various ways of doing it at home, but regardless, the popularity of this drink is only on the up. We use the cold brewed method in our stores, which yields a very dense, decadent brew. But for those who but for those of you who have Fetco's, we made a short video showing you the steps.... Read more »

April 11, 2013

We are extremely excited to be opening the doors to our first new coffeebar in Chicago in over 5 years.

We've wanted to come to the Logan Square neighborhood for quite some time, and we've finally found a place to call home there. Located next door to the newly rennovated Logan theater, we will be serving coffee and espresso drinks from our new home.

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April 11, 2013

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 18 years. We wanted to thank you for what has been nothing short of a fantastic ride. After a long stretch we thought we owed you a remodel to bring our original flagship up to date. We hope you’ll love the changes. There will be twice as much seating, sun beaming in, and the coffee you were among the first to discover and share with your friends. - Doug Zell... Read more »

April 9, 2013

Coffee, when cultivated under the right conditions, is a friend to both conservationists and social justice activists. It is one of the only cash crops in the world that can be grown in rustic, bio-diverse environments under native shade canopy. It is a woody perennial that supports the livelihoods of millions of small farmers around the globe and often serves as the last buffer to deforestation. When traded fairly and transparently, it can be a powerful vehicle to help families in developing countries overcome poverty.... Read more »