Persephone is our annual celebration of spring. It evokes everything we need most right now — rebirth, joy, and optimism. And we have harnessed this year's Persephone to hope: the recipe combines three coffees from smallholder growers seeking better futures for themselves and their families through the promise of coffee quality.

  • Type Seasonal Blend
  • Country Brazil, Burundi, Ethiopia
  • Flavor Profile Caramel + Stone Fruit
  • Variety 74110, 74112, mixed indigenous, Bourbon

The details

  • Country Brazil
  • Producer Pereira Family
  • Region Carmo de Minas
  • Elevation Range 900-1200 m
  • Processing Method Washed
  • Drying Method patio + mechanical dryer
  • Harvest June-August 2020
  • Country Ethiopia
  • Producer smallholder growers
  • Region Guji
  • Elevation Range 1800-2100 m
  • Processing Method Washed
  • Drying Method raised bed sun-dried
  • Harvest December 2019 - January 2020
  • Direct Trade Partner Since 2014
  • Country Burundi
  • Producer smallholder growers
  • Region Kayanza
  • Elevation Range 1850 m
  • Processing Method Washed
  • Drying Method Raised Bed
  • Harvest May-July 2020

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!

    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.