Articles About Single Origin

August 27, 2013

Day two takes us to Vale de Grama Farm to learn about their farm practices and coffee processing methods. Dr. Laercio Zambolim gives a lecture about his research on leaf rust. A return to the farm offers the opportunity to see the day's cherry harvest delivered and processed.

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August 27, 2013

Attendees of the 2013 ECW arrive in São Paulo, Brazil and are welcomed by a cocktail hour and dinner.

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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 »

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 25, 2013

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 »

April 23, 2013

We make choices every day, and it is in our interests to be as thorough as we can when making them so that we can be confident in our decisions and reasonably sure they are based on good information rather than erroneous assumptions. When considering organic coffee, there are some common misperceptions that may lead us to make choices that don’t always correspond with our personal goals the way they might appear to on the surface.

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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 »

March 27, 2013

This is the first in a four-part series that will highlight some of the most critical issues surrounding organic production in coffee farming systems.  Its principle aim is to shed some light on the reasoning that informs farmers’ decisions when considering whether or not to pursue organic certification and to examine the rationale for choosing to purchase organic coffees from a consumer’s perspective.  The final piece will describe Intelligentsia’s position on organic coffee in the context of our overall commitment to sustainability. ... Read more »

March 25, 2013

Coffee is full of surprises, and every season a handful of coffees emerge as standout favorites amongst our lineup of all-star caliber offerings. During the last couple of months our selection of Colombian coffees from Huila and Nariño--sold under the Tres Santos banner--have been singled out by both our baristas and our roasters as the ‘stars’ of the moment. Over the last 17 years every origin we work with has had its time in the sun, embraced above all others as the most beloved coffee on the list.... Read more »

February 15, 2013

Though it may not feel like it, springtime is right around the corner. For coffee shops, this means three things – more customers, more sales and fresh Direct Trade arrivals from Central America. Now is a great time to start planning how to make the most of it.

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