Tag Archive 'intelligentsia'

2008 Western Regional Barista Competition

Posted by TheShot on 30 Mar 2008 | Filed under: Barista, Local Brew, Quality Issues

With Spring upon us, that means it’s time for the 2008 Western Regional Barista Competition (WRBC): ‘Attention to every detail’ at Berkeley barista contest – San Jose Mercury News. Starting this past Friday and ending today (check out their photo album), the 2008 WRBC performs a time-honored ritual to select a barista champ representing our […]

Trip Report: Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea @ Millennium Park (Chicago, IL)

Posted by TheShot on 01 Jan 2008 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Quality Issues

If Peet’s Coffee & Tea has been a slow-growth contrast to Starbucks‘ cancerous proliferation in recent years, Intelligentsia‘s expansion has been deliberately glacial. And why not? You get big, you get less selective about your coffee growers and suppliers. You start accepting employees with fewer skills and less passion about truly good coffee. And how’s […]

Reviewing Chicago take-out coffee: Know your Joe

Posted by TheShot on 08 Nov 2007 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

On the heel’s of Chicago’s informal crowning as America’s caffeine capital, today’s Chicago Tribune published an article that provided a light, unscientific, comparative review of 32 different take-out coffee offerings in the Chicago area: Know your Joe — chicagotribune.com. Instead of the single espresso, the yardstick used at CoffeeRatings.com, the Tribune based their evaluations on […]

All’s not always ‘fair’ in coffee labeling

Posted by TheShot on 19 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Foreign Brew

Today’s Chicago Tribune published an article that briefly compared Fair Trade, Direct Trade, and a number of their socially conscious coffee bretheren: All’s not always ‘fair’ in coffee labeling | Chicago Tribune. It’s about time the mainstream media tried to clear the air and dispel some accepted myths about certifications and labelling. In specific, the […]

Great Lakes regional barista competition: No regular Joes

Posted by TheShot on 09 Mar 2007 | Filed under: Barista

At last month’s 2007 Great Lakes regional barista competition, reigning U.S. Barista Champion, Matthew Riddle of Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea in Chicago, defended his title for the right to compete at May’s U.S. Barista Championship: No regular Joes | Chicago Tribune. Tweet

Chicagoist Grills: Intelligentsia Coffee & Roasting Works CEO Doug Zell

Posted by TheShot on 13 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Barista, Fair Trade, Foreign Brew, Roasting

Today the Chicagoist blog published an interview with Intelligentsia founder and CEO, Doug Zell: Chicagoist: Chicagoist Grills: Intelligentsia Coffee & Roasting Works CEO Doug Zell. Intelligentsia not only boasts some of the best roasted coffee in the country, and the reigning U.S. barista champion from one of their cafés, but they also helped set a […]

Does “Fair Trade” imply everything else is “Unfair Trade”?

Posted by TheShot on 29 Dec 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Fair Trade, Quality Issues

One of coffee’s big stories of the past year has been the seemingly sudden discovery and public awareness of Fair Trade coffee. Twenty years after the founding of Equal Exchange, Fair Trade coffee awareness reached critical mass this year in the U.S., the U.K., and many other nations around the world. This awareness began with […]

12 Best Cups of Coffee of 2006

Posted by TheShot on 29 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Quality Issues

In the most recent issue of Fast Company, they named Coffee Klatch Belle Espresso blend among the “12 Best Cups of Coffee of 2006”: Fast Company Magazine | 12 Best Cups of Coffee of 2006. The coffees were reviewed by noneother than Kenneth Davids of coffeereview.com. This blend, the only espresso blend on this list, […]

Chicago magazine: Black Gold

Posted by TheShot on 31 Oct 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

The November issue of Chicago magazine reviewed the best straight up cups of coffee available in the Loop: Black Gold | Articles | Archives | Chicago magazine. Not surprisingly, Intelligentsia came out on top. Tweet

A trickle-down approach benefits coffee growers

Posted by TheShot on 21 Jun 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Quality Issues

Cup of Excellence season is in full swing. As a follow-up to yesterday’s El Salvador Cup of Excellence post, today’s International Herald Tribune published a business article on the economics of Cup of Excellence coffee: A trickle-down approach benefits coffee growers – Business – International Herald Tribune. This article starts with Nicaragua’s 2006 Cup of […]

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