April 23, 2015

As Spring attempts to establish a hold - we're starting to seeing warmer weather in our home city of Chicago. Yes it snowed during the week, and yes you still need to wear a coat outside, but it still got us thinking about summer and things you drink and serve to help temper the heat. Few things do this better than iced tea. With a ingredient cost of $0.06 per 16oz cup, iced tea presents a remarkable simple and delicious addition to your menu at a great margin. We made a short video outlining the steps to brewing iced tea on your Fetco.

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April 23, 2015

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 21, 2015

Colombia is a country with some of the most spectacular natural resources and biodiversity on the planet. It is actually the second most diverse country in the world in terms of species per land unit, with a large chunk of its territory set within the Amazonian region. It is the country that gave birth to Cumbia music, delivered us such literary greats as Gabriel García Márquez, and became the standard setter for coffee quality in the sixties and seventies. To this day it remains the country with the most sophisticated smallholder coffee production system in existence.

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April 7, 2015

We're excited to announce that we're sponsoring the 2015 World Aeropress Championship, taking place this month in Seattle. Designed to celebrate the versatility of this beloved brewer, the competition will see national champions from over thirty countries converge in Seattle to see who's plunge stands out. The event takes place on Thursday April 9th at 6pm in WithinSodo, an event space at 2916 Utah Ave South, Seattle. (Google Map)

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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 9, 2015

To the Greeks, Persephone was the daughter of harvest goddess Demeter. Popular mythology tells that Persephone was kidnapped by Hades, lord of the underworld. When Demeter learned of her daughter's fate, she conspired to prevent the earth's plants from bearing fruits until Persephone was allowed to return. Zeus consented to allow the restitution of the young goddess to the land of the living, though she was required to return to Hades annually because she had consumed pomegranate seeds, the fruit of the underworld.... 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 »

March 1, 2015

This past weekend, Intelligentsia barista Sarah Anderson won the 2015 US Brewers Cup. Sarah is a senior barista at our Pasadena location in California and won the South West Regional back in October. It's the first time Intelligentsia has won this competition, and the first time it's been won by a female competitor.... Read more »

February 25, 2015

In January of 2011, we released our first seasonal espresso, Honey Badger. The name was inspired by the pursuit of sweetness with an aggressive, assertive edge – a blend both wildly citric and decidedly sweet. Sugar Glider was the second seasonal espresso blend we crafted, and it was the yin to Honey Badger's yang. Soft, sweet, and almost cuddly (like the little gliding mammals), Sugar Glider is your warm, huggable espresso friend.... Read more »

February 20, 2015

This weekend three Intelligentsia employees will compete in the United States Coffee Championships, taking place in Long Beach California. This is the national competition that all the regionals have been leading up to. There are two competitions: the United States Barista Championship and the United States Brewers Cup.... Read more »