Articles About Single Origin

March 23, 2015

Intelligentsia Coffee is privileged to offer, for the third consecutive year, a Black Cat Project espresso sourced from our longtime Direct Trade partners at Finca Matalapa in El Salvador. Our history with coffees from Finca Matalapa runs deep. Finca Matalapa debuted as an Intelligentsia espresso in 2008, when it was used to win that year’s United States Barista Championship. This was the first time a single origin coffee took home top honors at the competition, a trend that now dominates current barista competitions.... Read more »

March 4, 2015

The Borderlands Project is one of the most exciting and innovative development programs being operated in coffee today. Its mission is relatively specific: to help improve the livelihoods of thousands of smallholder farmers living in the border regions of Southern Colombia and Northern Ecuador. Coffee was identified as the most appropriate vehicle to support this goal, as the area is blessed with advantageous climate conditions that create the potential for extraordinary coffee quality.... Read more »

February 16, 2015

This was a truly remarkable and record setting year for Vickie Dalton’s Matalapa and Intelligentsia. Great weather, and a concerted effort by everyone, allowed us to select and ship this coffee earlier than ever before. This year’s rains caused a whopping five flowerings on the trees, which normally see two or three, providing a much larger and spread-out harvest.... Read more »

February 11, 2015

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 »

February 5, 2015

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 »

January 23, 2015

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 »

January 21, 2015

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.

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January 12, 2015

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.

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January 12, 2015

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 »

January 5, 2015

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 »