This past weekend, the first regional for the US Barista Championship and Brewers Cup took place. Titled the Big Central, the event took place in Minneapolis in a boxing gym called Uppercut Gym. The event represents the regional for a total of sixteen states, split into the North Central and South Central, mean a total of four champions were announced – two for Barista, and two for Brewers.... Read more »
Following on with our series of Case Studies, we sat down with our friends at Morsels in Traverse City, MI. The independent cafe and bakery opened in 2008, and is known for incredible bite sized baked goods and doing a fantastic job with their coffee program. They are currently in the middle of the buildout for their second location.... Read more »
Coffee Beer — it's a way to start your day, and end it, all at the same time. It's uppers and downers in a glass.
Ten years ago or more, the first coffee beers were undoubtedly stouts and porters — beers with a strong roast character and a charred-bean-like bitterness. Adding coffee to a beer like this seemed almost inevitable. Some of the world's greatest beers, like Three Floyds' Dark Lord and Goose Island's Bourbon County Coffee Stout, are know for turning this art into a science.... Read more »
Chicago is our home town. Our six, soon to be seven, Chicago coffeebars are dotted around the city's great neighborhoods, with each designed to be the local option whether it's Logan Square, the Loop or Lakeview.... Read more »
UPDATE: This coffee is now out of stock and will return in the fall of 2014.
The original Sapsucker Espresso Blend—released in December of 2011, was designed around a fully-washed Ethiopia Yirgacheffe. The concept was based on our love of the delicate and complex profile of Ethiopian coffees, and was an attempt to heighten the presence of flavor attributes we loved in an espresso blend, without losing any of the subtly to either roasting approach or extraction parameters.... Read more »
As of Friday, August 30, 2013. All Intelligentsia locations in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York will offer a 15% discount on drinks purchased when you come into the shop identifiable as a cyclist.... Read more »
Day five concludes the 2013 edition of the Extraordinary Coffee Workshop at Hinterland Mill to see cutting edge cutting and pruning techniques on their farm. Geoff Watts gives a talk on Intelligentsia's new cupping form followed by a sensory analysis workshop for growers. Dr. Flavio Borem provides a lecture about how different processing techniques affect quality. CEO and Founder of Intelligentsia, Doug Zell, gives a talk on the state of coffee in the United States, and the day concludes with a round table discussion.... Read more »
At the end of day three the group travelled to Carmo de Minas where day four begins at CarmoCoffee's dry mill for a tour of the facilities. Intelligentsia's James McLaughlin talks about the 2014 green coffee buying plan and the day finishes with a walk around parts of the farm to see harvesting, farm practices and the cherry delivery at the end of the day.... Read more »