Coffee Description

This organic decaf coffee holds nothing back, offering up creamy milk chocolate paired with flavors of sweet orange and vanilla. Balanced. Approachable. Satisfying.

Light Roast

Roast Level

Light

About El Mago Decaf

Pulling caffeine out of a coffee without taking away flavor is somewhat akin to magic. Aptly named El Mago—The Magician—this decaf from Intelligentsia had its start in the coffeelands of Mexico where climate, elevation, soil and careful cultivation perform the first level of magic: producing specialty coffee that is also organic and direct trade.

The second magical act is that decaffeination takes place with water. After all, water + coffee usually results in flavor extraction. Except when it comes to this decaf, that is. The final flourish is accomplished through careful roasting to bring out the optimal flavor profile. Or maybe they just wave their magic wands...

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Chicago, IL

Intelligentsia Coffee

Founded in 1995, this Chicago-based institution got its start roasting on vintage equipment within its first coffeebar. At the time, finding great tasting, freshly roasted coffee was surprisingly elusive. So, Doug Zell and Emily Mange decided to do something about it. They didn’t set out to change the world, just a small corner of it, and they certainly did just that, pioneering Direct Trade practices in the coffee industry before that really became a thing. Because of this, they were able to develop and source exclusive, remarkable coffees not found elsewhere.

Fast forward to today: with a focus on consistency, quality, and sustainability, Intelligentsia continues to be an industry pioneer, traveling the world to source the finest specialty coffee and roasting those beans at their Chicago and Los Angeles locations. True to their original quest, they believe that coffee in all its forms—whole bean, brewed, and espresso—should be an approachable, accessible luxury. For Intelligentsia, making coffee a memorable addition to any experience and making the act of preparing and enjoying a cup of coffee an experience in and of itself are key passions.

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