Coffee connoisseurs, prepare to walk the very jittery walk.
Intelligentsia, the environmentally and socially conscious roasters from Chicago, opens this weekend in Silver Lake.
After a year in the works (hey, it takes time to implement a manipulated water filtration system and configure those 68 seats between the two inside bars and outdoor tables, okay?), you can finally try their direct-trade, reserve, dark roast, or blended beans in Clover made-to-order cups, espresso beverages, or to-go bulk.
Like wine, beans are graded, named for regions, and priced according to year, locale, and availability, with everything from $2 drips to $130 pound bags. Order Ethiopia Yirgacheffe or Costa Rica Flecha Roja “bright and clean” — the coffee concierge will heart you forever. Brush up on your javocabulary at Sunday morning home brewing seminars, where you’ll pick up terms like “cupping,” “baggy,” and “micro-lot.”
Because it’s time to talk the talk.
Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea, 3922 West Sunset Boulevard, between Hyperion and Sanborn Avenues, Silver Lake (323-663-6173 or intelligentsiacoffee.com). Opening reception tonight at 7 p.m.