- Chicago, Illinois
- November 4, 2023
Great coffee is not the result of chance. This sentence, printed on the back of every bag of Intelligentsia coffee, speaks to the incredible effort behind each one sold. It speaks to the deliberate nature of our work, and the skills required to create coffees with exceptional quality.
Roasting coffee is a profoundly transformative act that radically alters a coffee’s profile. The art of blending coffees is a culinary alchemy not unlike the work of chefs. The choices made when brewing determine which flavors rise to the surface and which remain understated. Even the choice of cup has a part to play in the holistic sensory experience of an extraordinary coffee. And throughout the process, coffee is evaluated over and over in a QC (quality control) environment in Chicago.
We are deliberate about every step of a coffee’s production, often starting before the seed even goes into the ground—leaving nothing to chance in the effort to produce coffees that jump out of the cup. This is what we mean when we say “Quality by Design.”