Articles

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 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 »

April 5, 2013

Korean-based Magazine {B} focused their November 2012 edition on Intelligentsia. Every month, the company publishes a magazine that features one brand they deem "well-balanced" and we were incredibly excited to be featured for their November issue. In the past, they've featured other brands like Lush, Ray-Ban, and Snow Peak.

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April 1, 2013

We’re fortunate to work with amazing businesses across the country.  Whether it’s coffee shops, restaurants, hotels, offices or grocery stores – each one approaches their business differently. In an effort to share ideas, we thought we’d highlight some of our strongest relationships by asking them a few questions. First up is Gasoline Alley in New York. We spoke to owners Nick Carnevale and Neville Ross.... 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 »

March 25, 2013

Every May The James Beard Foundation recognizes the country’s top chefs, restaurateurs, cookbook authors, food journalists, restaurant designers and architects.  A “James Beard Award” notes both the arrival of rising stars and signifies proven superiority of the industry veterans.
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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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