A bit of history
A cup of illy coffee is only the final result of a long and well-constructed project, the fruit of the long fascination for excellence begun in 1933, when Francesco Illy, coming from Hungary, arrived in Trieste in the First World War as soldier of the Austro-Hungarian Army. He chose this city to establish its business in the cocoa and coffee industries, and at last he set his mind only on the latter. He had a very simple idea in his mind: to produce the best coffee in the world. And to market it worldwide. This is how illycaffè was born. Some years after the end of the Second World War, the reins of the company went to Ernesto Illy, the son of the founder, who created year after year a research lab which later on became the breeding ground of patents and innovations. Ernesto’s passion for quality coffee and its diffusion made the international media call him “Papa Bean” and “Herald of the espresso”. The death of Ernesto Illy, in February 2008, caused huge emotion worldwide in all those people who had met him, and in the coffee world. To remind him, in February 2009 the Ernesto Illy Foundation was established with the goal of developing and improving the heritage of ideas, activities, and programs that he has left as his moral legacy.