NEW YORK– illycaffè, the family-owned coffee company from Trieste, Italy, committed to offering the highest quality, most ethically sourced coffee to the world, announces it is selling limited edition 250 gram cans of coffee from the winners of the first annual Ernesto Illy International Growers Award competition that took place this past November 2016. In total, the limited edition cans are available from nine distinct coffee producers across nine countries of origin – a showcase of the illy blend known for its balanced and smooth taste.
The nine limited edition coffees are sold in North America in sets of three 250 gram cans, packaged in a red illy gift box at a cost of $54. Available at www.shop.illy.com.
The Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award recognizes the coffee producers’ commitment to illy’s quality and sustainability standards. The nine coffee producers are from Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, India and Nicaragua with coffee crops representing the 2015/2016 coffee harvest. Producers from each region were selected by the illy quality laboratory in Trieste, selections were judged by an independent panel, who chose the best of the best coffee.
The limited edition offer highlights the dedication of families, throughout the world, who work side by side with illy to pursue the dream of offering the best coffee to the world. For over eight decades, illy has created a virtuous circle of sustainability based on economic, social and environmental pillars.
“By offering the highest quality coffee to coffee lovers around the world, illy generates economic value for the producing countries,” said Andrea Illy, chairman of illycaffè s.p.a. “This circle is renewed every year, increasing the product’s value through quality, differentiation and sustainability.”
About illycaffè s.p.a
illycaffè is an Italian family business, founded in Trieste in 1933 and committed to offer the greatest coffee to the world. illy is the world’s most global coffee brand, producing the unique illy 100% Arabica blend made of 9 of the world best Arabica, served in more than 7 million cups in over 140 countries in the finest cafés, restaurants and hotels. As a leader in the science and technology of coffee – with three radical innovations – illy is the forerunner of espresso. With the first Brazilian award for the best coffee quality for espresso in 1991, illy also pioneered direct sourcing, sharing know-how and paying a premium price for the best quality, based on partnerships underpinned by the principles of sustainable development. The company established and runs the University of Coffee with the aim to foster and spread coffee culture, providing comprehensive academic and hands-on training for coffee growers, baristas and coffee lovers to cover every aspect of the product. Everything ‘made in illy’ is enhanced by beauty & art, which represent founding values of the brand, starting from its logo – designed by an artist, James Rosenquist – and including the renowned illy Art Collection, comprised of over 100 cups designed by international artists. As of 2015 the company employed 1,177 people, and posted consolidated revenues of €437 million. There are approximately 230 mono-brand illy shops across 43 Countries.