Articles

June 21, 2013

I can confidently say that one of the best espressos I have ever had was a shot of last year’s Summer Solstice, and I will never get to have it again. But that’s the point with our seasonal blends. They don’t stay. And no two years are ever the same. To expect differently is to miss the whole reason why they’re great.... Read more »

June 12, 2013

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 »

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 »

May 9, 2013

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.

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Retail, Tea
May 1, 2013

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 »

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 24, 2013

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.

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Retail
April 23, 2013

This Wednesday night we are opening our new Logan Square Coffeebar in Chicago. In addition to the remodel we just completed on our original Broadway location, this will be the first of five new coffeebars we open this year. Check out the teaser trailer below.... Read more »

April 23, 2013

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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