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 »
Chicago is our home town. Our six, soon to be seven, Chicago coffeebars are dotted around the city's great neighborhoods, with each designed to be the local option whether it's Logan Square, the Loop or Lakeview.... Read more »
As of Friday, August 30, 2013. All Intelligentsia locations in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York will offer a 15% discount on drinks purchased when you come into the shop identifiable as a cyclist.... Read more »
This past weekend we added a new drink to the Intelligentsia menu, milkshakes! The Black Cat Shake is a 16oz drink with two full shots of Black Cat Classic and ten and half ounces of Jeni's sweet cream flavored ice cream. The result is a decadent but balanced shake that lets the slight bitterness of espresso come through, but isn't overwhelmed by sweetness.... Read more »
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 »
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 »
Kilogram Tea is an American tea company that sources fresh, compelling teas reflecting peaks of season, land, and process. The new brand will continue with the same offerings and buying principles, however the packaging and messaging will present tea in a different light.
The new brand represents a departure from the existing visual landscape of tea packaging. No longer does tea have to be something antiquated or fussy. Instead, Kilogram Tea seeks to integrate beautiful tea into a contemporary lifestyle.... Read more »
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 »
Askinosie Chocolate is a family-owned, small batch, bean-to-bar chocolate maker in Springfield, Missouri that sources cocoa beans directly from farmers, a buying model not unlike the Direct Trade purchasing model pioneered by Intelligentsia.... Read more »
Floriole began as a stand at Chicago’s famed Green City Market, where for nearly five years they sold their rustic, French pastries in a 10-by-10 tent. They dreamed then of having their own brick-and-mortar space, and that dream came true in 2010 when they opened their beautiful cafe and bakery in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.... Read more »