Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea
|Key people||Doug Zell and Emily Mange|
Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea, colloquially known as Intelligentsia, is a coffee roasting company and retailer with its headquarters at 1850 W. Fulton Street in Chicago, Illinois. Intelligentsia has several cafe retail locations throughout the Chicago area. The company was founded in 1995 by Doug Zell and Emily Mange. They supply coffee to various Chicago-area cafes and restaurants, as well as other locations in the US and Canada. They generally buy their beans directly from growers in Central America, South America, East Africa, and Ethiopia. They currently operate four gas-powered Ideal Rapid Gothot Roasters at the Chicago Roasting Works. Two 90-kilo roasters and a 23-kilo reside in Chicago and a 40 kilo in Los Angeles. The machines date from the 1950s and were handcrafted from cast-iron and steel in Stuttgart, Germany.
A 2008 decision to stop serving 20-ounce coffee and espresso beverages in stores was met with controversy. Zell stated that the proportions are altered at such large quantities and certain drinks become watered-down, arguing that 20-ounce drinks end up "masking and adulterating the pure, intense flavors we work hard to source, roast and produce. We don't want this to just be a caffeine delivery device." 
It has been winning local best of list recognition since 2000. In 2005, the local recognition extended to national recognition. In 2006, Intelligentsia has been included on several local and national "best" lists.
- Michael Phillips (barista), won barista championship while working at Intelligentsia.
- List of coffeehouse chains
- Coffee portal
- "Hot" Chicago Restaurants get custom blends from Intelligentsia.
- Intelligentsia in LA
- Wicked Cafe in Vancouver, Canada serves Intelligentsia
- Shernoff, Leon, "Intelligentsia, more Cedars, Come to Co-op", ever Green, March 2007, Vol. 60, #3.
- Scattergood, Amy, "A Lucky Break For Drip Coffee", LA Times, March 14, 2007
- Eng, Monica (2008-07-09). "Small. Medium. Gone.". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2008-07-09.
- Dicum, Gregory (April 8, 2010). "Small Bay Area Coffee Roasters Spread Out". The New York Times.
- #2 in Chicago Citysearch Best Coffee category 2006
- AOL Cityguide - Best of Chicago 2006
- Chicago Magazine Best Coffee November 2006
- 10 great places to get jazzed about great java, USA Today, March 3, 2006.
- Foodandwine.com Best boutique roasters 2006
- Coffeegeek.com Best Expresso Blend December 18, 2006
- ABC U.S. Barista Championship story May 10, 2006
- U.S. and World Barista Championship results.
- Best Coffee Bar - Citysearch 2000
- Best cup of coffee - Citysearch 2001
- Best coffee - Citysearch 2002
- Best coffee - Citysearch 2004
- AOL Cityguide Winner, Best Coffeehouse 2005
- Best coffee - Citysearch 2005
- Chicago Magazine - Best Beans 2005
- Newcity Magazine Best place to buy beans and Best place to buy tea leaves
- Best coffeehouse - Playboy April 2005
- "Best Coffeehouse" by New City Chicago for 2006
- Zagats 2006 America's Best Beverage Bets (Best Cup of Regular Coffee, Best Espresso, Best Seasonal Coffee or Tea Beverage)
- Fastcompany.c0m - 12 Best Coffees
- Roast Magazine - Roaster of the Year for 2007