THE SELECTION OF "CRU"
illy employs a team of master blenders, experts in bean selection and tasting known as liquorers, each with special skills and sensitivities ideal for determining the cru—in coffee’s case, the particular beans—that will comprise the illy blend.
Tasting is a delicate process. Every two months after purchase, coffee is re-tasted, to ensure beans are maintaining the characteristics for which they were originally chosen. The same batch is evaluated up to eight times before becoming part of the illy blend.