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illy Coffee: where art, innovation, and coffee meet.

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illy Coffee: where art, innovation, and coffee meet.

May 13, 2020

What is illy Coffee?

illy is a well-established coffee company where art, innovation, and coffee meet.

According to the illy Coffee Company website, Francesco Illy founded the company and the firm has been in the coffee business since 1933. The coffee legacy continues as a member of the Illy family still runs the company. Italian coffee brands depend on their unique blends of espresso, and illy is no exception. Exceptional coffee, espresso goods, and coffee making technologies make Illy one of the industry’s best coffee brands.

Illy produces coffee from blends of nine different varieties of pure Arabica coffee beans. The coffee comes from Brazil, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Columbia, Costa Rica, and India. They also produce a seasonal El Salvador coffee blend, which is only available during the year at limited times and in select markets. With a reputation for dark roast coffee and espresso products, illy has growing relationships with some of the world’s top coffee growers.

Illy manufactures different types of coffee, coffee and espresso machines, coffee cups, and glassware, and runs illy Caffe’s (5 locations in the USA).

illy Coffee History

illy Caffe’s past is wholly related to the lives of the firm’s founder, Francesco illy, and his family. Francesco illy was born in Temesvár in the Austrian-Hungarian empire. Later, he went to Trieste, Italy, as an army officer during World War I. He remained in the town after the war that had recently been controlled by Italy.

  • 1933: Francesco set up a company in the cocoa and coffee industries but finally decided to focus solely on coffee. From the outset, Francesco was involved in espresso coffee.
  • 1935: Francesco invented the first automatic coffee machine. It replaced compressed air with steam and was the predecessor of today’s espresso machines.
  • 1999: illycaffe S.p.A. founded the Coffee University in Naples. The mission is to disseminate coffee awareness worldwide through education, science, and creativity. Later the University relocated to the city of Trieste, in the offices of the firm. The network of the University of Coffee is composed of 27 branches worldwide.

Why illy Coffee?

Coffee is the most popular caffeinated drink that is loved by millions of people. Some coffee companies are resorting to gimmicky advertising to meet the high demands and keep coffee drinkers hooked to the drink. 

On the other hand, illy Coffee promotes a flavorsome and aromatic organic coffee taste without the bitterness. The various reasons for choosing illy coffee are discussed below.

Authentic Flavour

Illy Coffee’s unique flavors are composed of properly balanced floral and fruity notes. Accompanying these notes are sugar, coffee, raspberry, toast, and honey undertones. All of these come together to form delicious coffee tastes and mouth feels.

Variety of coffee beans

The type of coffee beans you use to make a brew will obviously determine the flavor. illy has strived to create unique tastes by blending different coffee beans.

Illy whole bean coffee is for coffee lovers who prefer grinding the beans to suit their own individual taste and brewing method.

Illy’s coffee signature blends are the result of a skillful blend of 100% sustainably-grown Arabica beans from around the world. The result is an authentic Italian coffee that is consistent, smooth, balanced, and never bitter.

Illy coffee is packed in an air-free and pressurized can that seals in the aroma. You can reseal the can with the screw cap to keep your coffee fresh and flavorsome.

Illy coffee also conveniently provides their coffees in E.S.E. pods, Nespresso pods, and K-cup pods to satisfy consumer demands.

Special blending techniques

The illy Coffee blends have 80 years of commitment and creativity that has resulted in a consistent flavor and signature brand.

illy preserves the distinct taste and aroma of its extracts by recalibrating the harvest every year to maintain the highest quality of each sample. They are expertly blended to meet the high standards set by illy before roasting and processing the coffee beans. illy also uses powerful packaging techniques to keep the coffee tastes and fragrance fresh.

Best Quality Certification

illy has been the recipient of 4 different certifications over the past few decades which testify to its commitment to quality. The company also has a sustainability certification that refers to its commitment to fair practices. Through all these programs, the organization aims to encourage and motivate the farmers to practice sustainable coffee methods of production.

Are illy Coffee Products Environment Friendly?

illy’s climate policy begins at the core of farms and, by adoption and promotion of responsible conduct, reducing all future adverse impacts to the ecosystems around it, and produces quality goods that have the smallest possible environmental effect even when used and disposed.

What kind of products does illy produce?

illy will continue with their well-known coffees and the following table just shows a sample of the many products that you can expect to find illy producing this year and in the future.

Products DescriptionImageGo To
Coffee Cup Art CollectionModern designs where two passions meet: Coffee and Art. The recent art collection by Olimpia Zagnoli “tells the story of a conversation with six voices, talking about the future: six personalities, six colors, each bringing a unique point of view.” illy art collection More
Coffee Cup Venice Art Biennale Collectionilly has been a supporter of the Venice Art Biennale for at least the past ten editions. The recent collection is exquisite with gorgeous art. This collection is ideal for the specialized collector or someone who appreciates both coffee and art! illy venice collection More
Coffee Makers/MachinesA range of coffee makers and machines. The illy iper espresso machines are a fine example of the retro style so popular these days. More information is given later in this post.iper espresso machineMore
Moka PotsTraditional and original Moka pot designs. Designs include the Bialetti, Alessi Pulcina, and La Moka Moka pots More
Coffee & Tea Accessories.Accessories include ground coffee tamper, cups, glasses, and travel mugs. I smile when I see the ‘Live HAPPilly’ keep cup live happilly cup More
FREE coffee machine with a coffee subscription.You can have a FREE capsule (Iper Espresso) coffee machine if you buy a coffee capsule subscription. illy offers you a choice of 5 machines with your subscription. Please click ‘More’ to find out….more! illy iper espresso More
Coffeeilly’s signature coffee blends and single-origin coffee comes in whole beans or ground beans. The coffee is also packaged in iper Espresso capsules, Nespresso compatible pods, K-cup compatible pods, and ESE pods. They also have a range of ready to drink coffees. More detail later in the post.illy classico ground coffeeMore

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We will explore some of these products in this post starting with the essentials – coffee!

illy Coffees

illy have their range of great tasting coffees in different forms (whole bean and ground) and packaging (pods, ESE, ready to drink). We list the four best products in each category.

4 Best illy Whole Coffee Beans

Whole Bean Intenso Dark Roast CoffeeA dark roast coffee with notes of cocoa and dried fruit.Intenso dark roast coffee beans
Colombia Single Origin ArabicaMedium intenstity with a smooth taste with fruit notesilly whole bean columbia
Etiopia Single Origin ArabicaDelicate Intensity with aromatic notes of jasmine.illy Etiopia coffee beans
Guatemala Single Origin ArabicaBold Intensity. Complex but balanced with notes of chocolate.illy Gutamala coffee beans

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4 Best illy Ground Coffees for Espresso & Moka

Ground Espresso Classico Coffeeilly’s signature brand. A classic medium roast Arabica coffee. Has delicate notes of caramel, orange blossom and jasmine. illy classico ground coffee
Ground Espresso Intenso CoffeeIntenso is a dark roast coffee. It is robust and has notes of cocoa and dried fruitilly Intenso ground coffee
Ground Moka Classico CoffeeA classic medium roast coffee with notes of caramel, orange blossom, and jasmine. Great for your Moka pot!illy moka ground coffee
Ground Espresso Classico Decaffeinated CoffeeA classic medium roast coffee with notes of caramel, orange blossom and jasmine. But with less caffeine!illy decaf coffee

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illy Coffee Capsules/Pods

illy have responded to their customers and provided most of their ground coffees in convenient K-cup or Nespresso, or ESE compatible capsules/pods. They also have a full range of coffees in their iperEspresso capsules.

illy Nespresso Compatible Capsules/PodsAll the legendary illy coffee blends in a variety of roasts available in Nespresso Compatible Capsulesilly coffee nespresso pods
illy’s favorite coffees in K-cup packagingilly’s favorite coffees, including single origin, in K-cups. The bundle shown here is an online exclusive and won’t be available anywhere else.illy coffee nespresso pods
iper Espresso Coffee Capsulesiper Espresso Capsules are filled with the traditional illy coffee and specially made for the illy iper Espresso Coffee Maker. The iperEspresso capsule contains about 7 g of roasted coffee.iper Espresso coffee pods
illy coffee in ESE podsilly have three of their famous coffees in the ESE pods including Classico, Decaffeinated, and Intensoiper Espresso coffee pods

The iperEspresso capsule coffee machine system uses a patented two-stage process. This creates an intensely aromatic and full-bodied espresso with a long-lasting crema. Like all other capsules or pods they are convenient, quick, and easy to clean up afterward. 

Illy Ready to Drink Coffee

illy have a really cool looking range of ready to drink coffees. I like their colorful striped design and they taste great too (although they may be a little sweet for some)! Currently, they have ready to drink coffees such as latte, Cappuccino, café, café unsweetened, Mochaccino, and Cold Brew.

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illy ready to drink latteilly ready to drink cappuccinoilly ready to drink cafe
illy ready to drink cafe unsweetenedilly ready to drink mochaccino illy ready to drink cold brew

4 Best Illy Coffee Machines

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Illy iPerEspresso Home X9 Coffee and Espresso Machine illy iper espresso Shop Now.
illy X7.1 IperEspresso Machineiper espresso machineShop Now.
illy Y5 iperEspresso, Coffee, and Milk Machineilly Y5 milk espresso coffeeShop Now.
illy X1 iperEspresso Machine illy X1 coffee machine Shop Now.

Coffee is a part of the daily routine of thousands of people; it’s also a perfect beverage to start the day. If you are busy and don’t have time to grind and brew your coffee then try illy’s range of iperEspresso pods and machines. Let us have a look at four impressive coffee machines

Illy iperEspresso Home X9 Espresso Machine

Illy iperEspresso Home X9 is a special illy coffee machine that efficiently prepares espresso and coffee with one-touch. The trendy X9 Espresso has an elliptical chrome-plated body and uses illy’s own iperEspresso capsules.  illy x9 iper espresso One of the distinctive features of X9 is the ability to remove part of the water tank even when the system is in operation. It has a control button for choosing two volumes in the cup, a flow measurement device for setting the optimum quantity, and LED illumination on the cup while brewing.

Features of Illy iPerEspresso Home X9

Preparation iperEspresso Coffee Capsules
Color Chrome
Water tank capacity 23.7 ounces
Dimension 4.8 W x 10.6 D x 10.5 H
Drinks prepared Espresso
Brewing One-touch

X7.1 Red IperEspresso Machine

The X7.1 IperEspresso machine is another impressive illy coffee machine. It has an eye-catching retro style in stunning red or black. This retro design is inspired by 1960’s Italian coffee machines but with all the contemporary features including touch dials and a steam wand.

iper espresso machine

Features of the X7.1 Red Iperespresso Machine

Preparation iperEspresso Capsules
Color Red
Water tank capacity 40 ounces
Dimension 10.2 W x 11.4 D x 12.6 H
Drinks prepared Espresso & Cappuccino
Brewing One-touch

illy Y5 iperEspresso Milk, Espresso and Coffee Machine

The Y5 iperEspresso milk, espresso and coffee machine is a multi beverage machine. It has the exclusive “one-touch milk” technology which allows it to make six types of drinks at the touch of a button including authentic Italian espresso, drip coffee, cappuccino, steamed milk, and Latte macchiato. It can also provide hot water for tea and herbal infusions. 

The Y5 Milk Espresso system also allows the milk tank to be withdrawn and refrigerated until you want to use the machine. The machine also includes a mini-filter with high efficiency for brewing an incredibly flavorful cup of coffee.

Features of illy Y5 iperEspresso Milk, Espresso & Coffee Machine

Preparation iperEspresso capsules & coffee capsules
Color Black
Water tank capacity 30 ounces
Dimension 8.5 W x 11.2 D x 9.6 H
Drinks prepared Drip, Coffee, Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte, Tea
Brewing One-touch brewing

illy X1 Espresso Machine

A great looking retro design for the X1 Espresso machine with flip switches, touch buttons, and dials. I love the tactile design of this machine. The X1 machine was created about 20 years ago but this new version of the machine is a special edition multi-beverage machine. It can Prepare espresso, cappuccino, coffee, and latte with no problems.

illy X1 coffee machine

With high technology and elegance, you can make barista-quality espresso, coffee, cappuccino, and latte. There is also a removable cup support tray to accommodate espresso cups, mugs, and cappuccino cups.

Features of illy 60255 X1 Espresso Machine

Preparation iperEspresso and Capsules
Color Chrome, Red
Water tank capacity 33.8 ounces
Dimension 10.6 W x 9.8 D x 13 H
Drinks prepared Coffee, Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte, Tea
Brewing One-touch and programmable


Illy is excellent for you if you want a sophisticated and smooth taste for your coffee, versatility in the type of coffees you want to prepare and convenience.

Illy coffee machines are known for their innovative brewing technology and gorgeous designs.

Hopefully, you can now see why we think that illy coffee is where art, innovation, and coffee meet.

We know that the selection process can get challenging, but we hope that this small review helps a little. 


  1. illy website
  2. Wikipedia

Please note that links may change over time. The links in this post are effective as of 12 May 2020. 

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