illycaffè is an Italian family-owned company founded in Trieste in 1933, whose mission has always been to offer the best coffee in the world. Today it is led by the third generation of the family. Andrea Illy is the Chairman and Massimiliano Pogliani the CEO. It is one of the most widely available coffee brands worldwide, and makes a unique 100% Arabica blend that combines nine of the best varieties of illy in the world. illy is considered “the standard bearer of espresso”, and thanks to three radical innovations, the leader in coffee science and technology.
With the creation of the “Ernesto Illy Quality Award for Espresso Coffee” in 1991 in Brazil, illy pioneered direct supply from coffee farmers, based on sharing know-how, ensuring farmers a higher price for better quality and partnerships established on the basis of sustainable development principles. The company also founded the University of Coffee, which aims to disseminate coffee culture at all levels and provides complete and practical training to farmers, baristas and coffee lovers, for an in-depth examination of all aspects of the product.
All "made in illy" products are enhanced by beauty and art, the brand’s core values, starting with the logo, which was designed by the artist James Rosenquist, and encompassing the coffee cups in the illy Art Collection, decorated by over 100 international artists.