Great coffee is not the result of chance. Extraordinary coffee is created by design at the hands of dedicated professionals around the world. Our coffee professionals collaborate in a shared, uncompromising environment, and have a commitment to quality.
The Intelligentsia purpose, philosophy, and values that leads us down the road of extraordinary.
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.
El Salvador, 2003
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 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.