A Chicago-based coffee roaster with locations in New York and Los Angeles may have tapped a new city as its next expansion spot. Intelligentsia has its sights set on Watertown, according to a tipster, and job postings indicate that the company is looking to staff various positions in the area.
Intelligentsia started in Chicago in 1995, the work of Doug Zell and Emily Mange, who wanted to create a coffee bar with their own roasted coffee. 21 years later, Intelligentsia still focuses on the path of coffee from farmer to roaster to cup, albeit on a much larger scale. Last fall, Peet's Coffee & Tea acquired a majority stake in Intelligentsia, and there were questions at the time over whether the move would enable further expansion of the Chicago-based brand.
According to the job postings for Intelligentsia in Watertown, the company is currently looking for a retail educator, a retail store manager, and a sales executive. Based on the job descriptions, this location could offer a coffee bar, weekly demonstrations and events, and even research, among other things. Eater has reached out to the company for more details on the potential location.