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An unopened can of illy ground coffee will remain fresh for at least two years due to illy's proprietary patented pressurized system that extracts air from the can and replaces it with inert gasses at a higher-than-atmospheric level of pressure.
This method guarantees a longer preservation time, maintaining flavour and aroma for over 24 months. At the same time it 'ages' the coffee, improving its aroma over time by causing its volatile aroma compounds to bind with the oils that are contained in the beans. Simple vacuum packing cannot achieve this flavour transformation. The positive pressure exerted by illy's method actually forces these aroma compounds back into the coffee whereas vacuum packing lets them seep out. The effect of illy's aging process is similar in many ways to the development of complex flavours when a fine red wine is aged under proper conditions.
The expiration date is marked on the bottom of the can.
A room-temperature can of illy will remain at optimum freshness for 7 days after opening. After 7 days flavour will begin to deteriorate due to natural oxidation from exposure to air.
If the entire can will be consumed within 7 days, room temperature storage is recommended. If the coffee will not be consumed within 7 days, we recommend refrigerated storage, allowing the coffee to return to room temperature before use. It is important to refrigerate the can immediately after opening in this case to retain optimum flavour.
For espresso, use 7 grams of illy per shot (about 1oz). For auto-drip brewed coffee, start with 7 grams of illy per 8 ounce cup.
You may need to adjust to taste as the parameters (water turbulence and temperature) of each coffee maker differ somewhat. You can take the guess-work out of espresso by using E.S.E. pre-measured, pre-tamped servings. (pods).
illy uses only the finest Arabica beans available, and Arabica coffee is naturally lower in caffeine than the cheaper and lower quality Robusta variety. An average 1 oz. illy espresso will contain approximately 60 milligrams of caffeine. Brewed illy coffee will contain less than 15 mg caffeine for each gram of coffee used.
illy medium roast coffee is a bit more mild while illy dark roast has a more intense and robust coffee flavour due to a slightly longer roasting time and slightly higher roasting temperature. Some people find the dark roast better for coffee preparations that involve milk, such as cappuccinos and lattes. Both medium and dark roast are suitable for espresso and brewed coffee preparation and the choice is a matter of personal preference.
Illy caffè maintains a complex high quality blend of 100% Arabica beans from around the world. We work directly with nearly 900 growers on 4 continents to source sustainably grown coffee. Certified organic coffee accounts for approximately 4% of world production and we cannot guarantee that 100% of the 9 different Arabica varieties in our blend will be certified at all times. In addition, Illy caffè tests the green coffee (before roasting) for up to 80 different chemicals to insure that our coffee is safe and pure. illy's demand for the highest quality beans is rarely met through organic coffee. Because illy is a single blend composed of beans from 7 to 9 growing regions, some organics may be present in the blend if they meet our rigid quality standards.
Organic coffee has a very low yield per hectare-about 6 to 8 bags per hectare. This low yield is not compensated for by a proportionally higher price, so the farmer makes less, not more. Furthermore, and quite importantly, the cultivation of so-called organic coffee depletes the soil of its nutrients without sufficiently replacing them. Unless the farmer rigorously practices proper soil analysis and management and adds enough phosphorus (which coffee needs to grow well) the plants are weak and highly susceptible to insect and fungus attack.
Few farmers maintain their soil at the high level necessary to produce the best beans. The process can lead to an irreversible deterioration in the quality of the soil. As part of our ISO 9001 certification we test every coffee lot we purchase for the presence of pesticide residue-testing for 36 different types. No coffee with pesticide residue is purchased by illy.
illy actively follows a policy of environmental stability and development and is very sensitive to environmental issues in all our activities. We believe industry has an ethical responsibility to develop and pursue practices that protect the ecosystems. This extends from respecting the regulations governing production plants and waste disposal, to the company's decision to adopt recyclable containers and the use of recycled cardboard.
Our environmentally-friendly cardboard outer packaging is 100% recyclable and offers convenient pod dispensing. illy’s cans and tins are made from 100% recyclable metal. illy strives for 0% emissions from our plants, and all materials used in the production process are recyclable. Our iperEspresso capsules are created from recyclable plastic, as it is the only material with the mechanical characteristics needed to optimize the extraction of the blend and obtain an excellent product.
It is important to use these materials in order to ensure that the capsule can withstand high operating pressure during extraction. illy strives to maintain sustainable practices in everything we do and is a strong advocate of recycling waste products. While our capsule is made from recyclable material, we are currently working on a means by which consumers can open the capsule and clean it out in order for it to be recycled after use.
Furthermore, illy has been working to design new technologies to achieve a balance between protecting the environment and promoting good business.
Roasted coffee can lose up to 40 percent of its vital aromas after only eight hours of contact with air – an issue that the common vacuum packaging method can’t adequately address. Coffee packed in soft bags suffers an even tougher fate. illy pioneered another way, using a remarkably effective, natural pressurization technology – patented throughout the world, and exclusive to illy.
The process of natural pressurization for packaging coffee in our iconic recyclable cans preserves the freshness of the coffee – you can actually hear the sound of fresh coffee every time you open a can! Freshly roasted illy coffee is placed in recyclable cans, along with natural, inert nitrogen, under pressure.
The process traps essential aromas and protects them for more than a year. Just like fine wine maturing in the bottle, illy coffee is refined in its pressurized environment, becoming yet rounder than when first packaged as naturally emerging oils mingle with one another. The can, which is 100% recyclable, allows us to pressurize the coffee and preserve the volatile aromas.
The common bags that offer any protection from the atmosphere cannot withstand this pressure and they are made of multiple layers of plastic and aluminum that are not recyclable with today’s technology.
illy coffee is decaffeinated with the CO2 method, a process using two natural elements – water and carbon dioxide (sparkling water). This process is considered the safest method to decaffeinate coffee while maintaining its quality.
We use Polypropylene to make the capsules so there is no danger of melting plastic. The capsule withholds temperatures to 320F and since espresso coffee or the water to make the espresso never reaches a temperature above 197 F there is no danger of the capsule melting. Polypropylene is often used for food containers, particularly those that need to be dishwasher safe. Polypropylene doesn't soak up water, making it ideal for uses where it will be constantly subject to moisture. The polypropylene plastic used for the iper capsules is BPA free.
Espresso preparation requires a very evenly ground fine grind coffee almost a powder. We recommend our Ground Coffee for Eepresso or grinding illy Whole Bean Coffee in a quality burr grinder set to fine/espresso grind. For more details on how to prepare a perfect espresso, click this link.
Each E.S.E. serving contains 7 grams of coffee; the exact amount needed for a 1 oz. shot of espresso. Do not re-use pods.
1. Switch on the E.S.E. espresso machine and let it heat. For the best results, we suggest you warm the cups as well.
2. Place the E.S.E. serving in the specially designed filter holder with the writing facing up. It is very important to handle the E.S.E. pod as little as possible and only by its edges, as the oils from your skin can compromise the quality. It is especially important not to touch the coffee area of the pod. Place the filter holder in its housing and switch on. Allow the water to run through it for about 20 seconds.
3. At the end of this step, remove used serving, and reinsert the filter holder.
For French press preparation use illy ground coffee for drip coffeemakers. The grind is courser than that used for espresso and is optimal for both drip coffeemakers and French press. To see step by step instructions on French press preparation, click this link.
Moka pot stovetop coffee preparation requires a grind courser than espresso but less course than drip and French press. illy Moka grind is ground specifically to work with moka pots to yield optimal results.
To see step by step instructions on moka pot preparation, click tihs link
If it has been over 30 days since you purchased your machine from illy, please email customerCareUK@illy.com.
We recommend you use Francis Francis descaler every three months.
If it has been over 30 days since you purchased your machine from illy, please email customerCareUK@illy.com.
Any espresso machines that is E.S.E. compatible can use illy E.S.E. servings (pods).
Many machines have E.S.E. pod handles that can be purchased from the machine manufacturer if the machine did not come with an E.S.E. handle.
Some of our home espresso machines, are made in Italy (example: the Francis Francis X1) and others are made in China (examples: Y1 and X7). In both cases, it's our intention to deliver the highest quality machines to our customers. Each machine undergoes rigorous testing to ensure it meets our exacting quality standards to produce the highest quality espresso.
illy art collections are produced as signed and numbered limited editions. Once a collection is sold out, it is no longer available for sale. illy Collections are widely collected throughout the world and many collectors are willing to sell or trade past collections.
illy Art Collections are sold as complete signed and numbered sets, therefore it is not possible to replace a single cup.
All Collections currently available for sale are posted in the Artist Cups section of the illy e-store. You may have seen a cup from an older collection in the restaurant, or one that was released to restaurants only.
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If for any reason you are not satisfied with your order, you may return the merchandise within 30 days of purchase for a refund or exchange. Refunds will be made to the original credit card used to make the purchase. To ensure proper credit, the original packing slip must be returned with the merchandise. Shipping charges are not refundable. For machine returns: Please email illy's Customer Care Center at customerCareUK@illy.com.
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