Our Approach

Our Mission

The Intelligentsia purpose, philosophy, and values that leads us down the road of extraordinary.

How Extraordinary
Coffee Is Made

Tracing our coffee’s remarkable journey, from plant genetics and farming, to harvest and the many forms of processing.

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Intelligentsia Direct Trade

Over 20 years ago, we realized the coffee trade wasn't giving us access to the world's best coffees. So we began traveling the world to find them and the people who grow them — people who share our obsession with quality.

Sam

Rwanda, 2003

Mauricio

Guatemala, 2003

Fabio

Honduras, 2003

Epe

El Salvador, 2003

Raúl

Guatemala, 2009

Aman

Ethiopia, 2012

Mariana

Bolivia, 2012

Furaha

Rwanda, 2015

People we work with

Traveling tirelessly to the communities where our coffees are grown and building direct and lasting relationships with the people who grow them is still the best way we know to source the best coffees.

Coffee By Design

After it arrives from the farm, green coffee is transformed into something beautiful through a meticulous process of roasting, cupping, blending, brewing in our Coffeebars.

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in season

Coffee cherries—the origin of the seed that is roasted coffee you buy in a bag or drink as an espresso shot—is an agricultural product subject to the same laws of seasonality as fruit at the farmers market.

Origin

Intelligentsia buys coffee from over a dozen countries around the world. Each farm has a unique story to tell.

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