Our seasonal winter blend is named for the dazzling Northern Lights, designed to inspire the same wonder. This year's edition of Borealis features coffees from smallholder farms in Ethiopia and Peru, and a selection of lots from Kenya.

  • Type Seasonal Blend
  • Country Ethiopia, Peru
  • Flavor Profile Caramel + Stone Fruit
  • Variety mixed indigenous, traditional Latin American varieties

The details

  • Country Ethiopia
  • Producer smallholder growers
  • Region Beriti
  • Elevation Range 1900-2100 m
  • Processing Method Washed
  • Drying Method Raised Bed
  • Harvest December 2020-January 2021
  • Country Peru
  • Region Jaén
  • Processing Method Washed
  • Harvest May-August 2021

How To Brew

We recommend starting with a 1:18 coffee-to-water ratio, which provides an excellent total extraction level and maximizes flavor pulled out of the ground coffee. For our blends we recommend either a pour over or a automatic drip home machine. We recommend a grind size 5 or 6 or if you are grinding at home mimic the size of Morton Coarse Kosher Salt.

Recommended Method Automatic Drip

  1. 01.
    Weigh Water 18g of water per 1g of coffee
  2. 02.
    Weigh Coffee 1g of coffee per 18g of water
  3. 03.
    Drop in filter Add filter to equipment
  4. 04.
    Grind Coffee Grind coffee and add to filter
  5. 05.
    Add water Add water to machine reservoir
  6. 06.
    Remove filter Enjoy your coffee!
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Borealis blend

Origin Story

Borealis Blend

Borealis is designed to inspire the same sense of wonder as the dazzling light show for which our seasonal winter blend is named

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      Image of two growers hugging in field
    • Image of the sky and mountains landscape
      Image of the sky and mountains landscape
    • Image of growers sorting coffee beans
      Image of growers sorting coffee beans

    Why We're Different

    • Intelligentsia coffee buyers travel year-round working with a network of farmers. From the farm, coffee arrives at the roasting works in Chicago and Los Angeles, where coffee professionals cup, grade, and release over 50 single-origins and blends annually.

    • Intelligentsia Direct Trade means partnering with people who obsess about quality as much as we do, and building meaningful relationships with farmers. Today, the Intelligentsia Direct Trade community includes more than 50 partners in 14 countries.

    • A quarter-century of obsession with quality, more than 15 years of sourcing great coffee the right way, and an authoritative point of view on how to elevate coffee make Intelligentsia a trusted partner on your coffee journey.