Origin Story

Our coffee team built this year's Honey Badger seasonal espresso blend with ingredients from Eastern Africa: our Burundi Yandaro, and selections from Ethiopia and Kenya.


This season's Honey Badger is sweet and brimming with tart citrus - a welcome balance akin to a warm blanket on a cold day.

18g in | 35 seconds | 45g out
  • Type Espresso - Blend
  • Country Burundi, Kenya
  • Flavor Profile Caramel + Stone Fruit
  • Variety regional bourbon varieties

The details

  • Country Burundi
  • Processing Method Washed
  • Drying Method Raised Bed
  • Direct Trade Partner Since 2015
  • Country Kenya
  • Processing Method Washed
  • Drying Method Raised Bed

How To Brew

We recommend your finished espresso should weigh 2.5 times as much as your coffee dose, which provides an excellent total extraction level and maximizes flavor pulled out of the ground coffee. For espresso we recommend a fine grind, setting 1 if you are ordering from intelligentsia.com

Recommended Method Espresso Machine

  1. 01.
    Weigh Coffee 18g of coffee yields 45g
  2. 02.
    Grind Coffee
  3. 03.
    Make an even bed of coffee in the portafilter and pull the shot
  4. 04.
Espresso in cup
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Origin Story

Honey Badger Espresso

As we moved into the New Year, we began to prepare for the return of our Honey Badger seasonal espresso, named for an animal who is almost as ferocious in its pursuit of sweetness as we are.

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    • Intelligentsia coffee buyers travel year-round working with a network of farmers. From the farm, coffee arrives at the roasting works in Chicago, 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.