Intelligentsia

We built this year's Celebration Blend with two vibrant East African coffees and one of this year's best Latin American offerings. The result is reminiscent of a cup of hot cider - fresh crisp apple, along with red grapefruit, and sweet kiwi.
  • SKU 300017
  • Country Ethiopia, Kenya, Colombia
  • Region within Country Gedeo Zone / Gatunda District / Sotara, Cauca
  • Elevation 1800 - 2150 m.a.s.l.
  • Farm / Producer Name METAD / Karinga Washing Station / Various smallholders
  • Cultivar Mixed indigenious varities, SL-28, SL-34, Ruiri 11, Castillo, Colombia, Caturra
  • Harvest Time December 2015 - July 2016
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Celebration Blend

Twenty-two. That’s more than a few times to deliver on something. We have gone from wide-eyed upstart to seasoned old salt. We lit a match in the mid-nineties and started a fire. It’s a fire that now burns brighter than ever in the form of delicious, thoughtful Direct Trade coffee that rewards producers who share our commitment to quality, puts their coffee into the hands of skilled roasters, and honors the professional baristas who apply their craft each day at our Coffeebars to pour the result of all that work into your cup. And none of it would be possible without you, our wonderful and supportive customers who, more than 20 years ago, helped a fledgling coffee company find its wings and fly. We cannot thank you enough for supporting us in times of heaviness and helping us to celebrate the times of lightness.

So, 22 of what? Well, this is the 22nd edition of our Celebration Blend. Each year as autumn comes to a close with winter right behind, we offer a blend of the best single-origin coffees of the season. These are coffees that are good enough to stand alone as part of our single-origin lineup, and even better when blended with intentionality by the hardworking team in our cupping lab. And if we must say so ourselves, this year’s Celebration Blend is a doozy, equal parts Tikur Anbessa Ethiopia, Kunga Maitu Kenya and Tres Santos Colombia. The result is reminiscent of a cup of hot cider - fresh crisp apple, along with red grapefruit, and sweet kiwi.

This is a blend to Celebrate our shared past and how much we have to look forward to together. This was quite a year at Intelligentsia, and 2017 holds even more promise, as we will spread our wings further and land with Coffeebars in new cities scattered about the country. So let us gather together around the fire we started together long ago, raise our favorite cups and wish hard for the very best that is to come.

Espresso

Espresso

All home and commercial espresso machines.

Turkish Grind

Turkish Grind

If you need a little bit coarser grind for your espresso machine or utilize this favorite preparation in eastern Europe.

Stovetop Espresso

Stovetop Espresso

Moka pots and stovetop espresso kettles need a very fine grind.

Cone Filter - Paper

Cone Filter - Paper

Most automatic and electric brewers utilize this grind setting.

Cone Filter - Gold

Cone Filter - Gold

Automatic brewers with reusable mesh filters, or a Kone manual brewing insert.

Universal

Universal

If you're buying for a friend, or are just not sure - this is a good grind for most drip brewers.

Technivorm

Technivorm

We found this excellent automatic brewer needed a bit coarser grind than other cone filter brewers.

Vacuum Brewer

Vacuum Brewer

For those with an electric or flame-heated vacuum brewer.

Flat Bottom - Paper

Flat Bottom - Paper

Any basket-style brewer, including automatic and Kalita wave manual brewing.

Flat Bottom - Gold

Flat Bottom - Gold

For automatic brewers with basket-style reusable filters.

French Press

Hario Dripper

Manual pourover cone brewing is a simple, no frills way of brewing.

Grind Type

French Press

A classic of immersion brewing. Select this grind for perfect classical preparation.

Chemex

Chemex

The iconic Chemex, this grind provides a perfectly paired offering for the special filters made for this brewer.

Percolator

Percolator

Our coarsest grind, this also provides a good pre-ground solution for cold brew at home.

Whole Bean

Whole Bean

For those with a grinder at home, we love freshly ground coffee! We prefer burr grinders for a more even brew.