In the late 1980s Ernesto Illy, while travelling through the rural areas of Brazil, showed coffee producers that there was a market willing to pay considerably higher prices for a superior quality product. The result was a new lease of life for the entire supply chain and the provision of tools and machines for coffee growers to ensure the success of a new type of product.
In 1991 we decided to offer an official commendation to coffee producers who agreed to adhere to the principles of quality and sustainability. This award would go on to become the most important accolade on offer in the category of coffee quality. Since 2008, the contest has been named the Ernesto Illy Quality Award for Espresso Coffee, in homage to the honorary president of illy.
The Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award, named in memory of the visionary leader of illy and son of the company’s founder, celebrates the work that we have been doing alongside the coffee producers for almost 30 years, in order to offer the world’s finest sustainable coffee..
Every year we select for you the 9 most valuable coffees from the most sustainable crops. Every year, we select our 9 most exquisite coffees from the most sustainable sources just for you. Thanks to the efforts of an international panel of experts, we put the spotlight on the finest coffee harvests in the world so that you can have the privilege of sampling these little-known treasures every month, exclusively in our illy Caffès.
Each of them is available only in its unrepeatable vintage and only for one month exclusively in illy Caffès. Some outlets might be closed due to local restrictions.
Intense fruity aroma and hints of caramel enhanced by its marked acidity.
Producer: Ascafé (Asociación Colombiana de Pequeños Caficultores) - Spirit of Peace Ex Combatants
Colombia 100%: Cauca
“Coffee is an instrument that allow us to dream and the perfect coffee grows thanks to the family’s love.”
Balanced between bitter, sour and sweet. Enriched with fruity and caramel aromas.
Altitude: 800-1200 mt
Nicaragua 100%: Wiwili – Jinotega
“Coffee and its export are fundamental in our country and we are proud to work with illy creating quality”
A full-bodied coffee, recognizable for the perfect balance between acidity and bitterness, is characterized by notes of chocolate and toasted bread.
Producer: Finca El Consuelo
Altitude: 1400-1850 mt
Guatemala 100%: Huehuetenango
"We started to plant coffee in the Fiftees of last century at finca El Consuelo and just before 2000 we met illycaffè, from which we learnt a lot not only about coffee but also in terms of respect of nature"
With its delightfully intense acidity and sweetness, this coffee stands out from the crowd for its full body and fruity notes.
Producer: Coopeatenas R.L.
Altitude: 900-1300 mt
Costa Rica 100%: West Valley
"It is an honor to share this important annual award with the great illy family: Coopeatenas is made up of 1300 small producers and for all of us coffee is passion, pride and hope"
Juan Carlos Álvarez
A coffee with delicate floral notes of jasmine, enhanced by a special acidity and sweetness.
Producer:Legesse Sherefa Pvt Ltd Company
Altitude: 1700 – 2200 mt
Ethiopia 100%: Yirgacheffe
“For 45 years we have been exporting our coffee to different parts of the world and when it comes to quality and social responsibility, illy is like a mentor for us.”
The flavour of this coffee is distinctively bitter and full-bodied, with notes of chocolate and caramel.
Producer: Rosewood Estate
Altitude: 1.090 mt
India 100%: Chickmagalur
“Coffee is a passion! For a good quality coffee, there must be a correct application of agronomic practices and post-harvest operations.”
A full-bodied, balanced coffee with a unique aroma of toasted bread and caramel.
Producer: Fazenda Sequoia
Altitude: 1200 mt
Brazil 100%: Chapada de Minas
“Brazil has a great history of coffee, which is part of the culture of our country. But making quality coffee is a philosophy: illy values a different product and above all it values us producers.”
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