Illy, one of Italy’s oldest espresso companies, was started in 1933 by the Illy family with a vision to introduce authentic Italian espresso culture around the world. Through his passion and dedication, mixed with his commitment to understanding and improving all aspects of coffee extraction on a molecular level, Dr. Ernesto Illy became known as the “father of espresso”.
For more than 75 years, illy’s mission has been to develop the perfect blend of 100% Arabica coffee, consistently roasted to perfection, scientifically packaged to preserve and enhance flavor, and delivered to over 140 countries world-wide. Illy espresso is sought around the world for its full bodied, complex and smooth flavors. illy is a leader in coffee culture by working on all the factors that go into the perfect cup of espresso: the blend, the machines, the preparation, the training of specialized bar staff and even the design of bars and venues where people can enjoy drinking coffee.
Still family owned and operated, illy is led by chairman and CEO, Andrea Illy, the third generation of the Illy family.
As a pioneer for the direct-trade model, the illy company has developed an innovative approach to growing and producing coffee that respects the earth and the people who farm it. By carefully balancing economic, environmental and social interests, illy is creating better partner experiences, stronger communities and a brighter future for everyone.