Nine winning micro lots were chosen from the top coffee producing nations around the world and recognized in 2017 for the Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award to celebrate our commitment to producing the highest quality coffee in the most sustainable way.
Each month, taste the winning coffee from a different region with Author's Notes. Discover the story behind the grower that made it unique.
"The great taste and excellent quality of our coffee comes from the plantations between Lake Kivu and the native forest of Nyungwe, where we have the perfect amount of rainfall. Our added value is training our growers to harvest only the best ripe cherries and to take them to the washing station quickly to preserve their quality."
This aromatically intense coffee has a fine balance between acidity and bitterness, and is characterized by sweet chocolate notes.
You can taste this coffee exclusively from 23 December to 22 January.
illy Caffè - Regent Street: 295 Regent Street, London
illy Caffè - South Kensington: 23 Old Brompton Road, London
illy Caffè: 505 Sansome Street, San Francisco
illy Caffè - Union Street: 2055 Union Street, San Francisco
illy Caffè - Montgomery Street: 220 Montgomery Street, San Francisco
illy Caffè - Beaugrenelle: 12 Rue Linois, Paris
espressamente illy - Rue Auber: 13 Rue Auber, Paris
espressamente illy: 15 Rue de l'Ancienne Comedie, Paris
espressamente illy - Opéra: 7 Avenue de l'Opéra, Paris
illy Caffè - Webgasse: Webgasse 43, Wien
illy Caffè - Montenapoleone: Via Monte Napoleone, 19, Milano
illy Caffè - Gae Aulenti: Piazza Gae Aulenti, Milano
illy Caffè - Eataly Trieste: Riva Tommaso Gulli, 1, Trieste
illy Caffè - Porta di Roma: Via A. Lionello, 201, Roma
espressamente illy - Montecitorio: Via degli Uffici del Vicario, 31/32, Roma
illy sustainable quality: more than 30 years dedicated to perfecting coffee bean growing methods, to obtain a harvest that is socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.
Together with the Foundation Co.Honducafe, illy will help fund the construction of a school in Honduras, as part of our commitment to our coffee growing regions.
A full bodied coffee with an intense flavor. Its distinctive sweetness and bold chocolate notes are enhanced by hints of caramel and toast.
This coffee was available exclusively from 23 April to 22 May.
A medium to full-bodied coffee with a rich flavor. Surprising notes of caramel and dried fruit burst forth, with delicate whispers of chocolate and toasted bread.
This coffee was available exclusively from 23 May to 22 June.
A full-bodied coffee with an enduring flavor. Its distinctively bold caramel and chocolate notes are enhanced by delicate hints of honey, vanilla, toasted bread and oranges.
This coffee was available exclusively from 23 June to 22 July.
A medium bodied coffee with a delicate flavor. Its unique floral jasmine notes are mixed with a slight hint of citrus fruit.
This coffee was available exclusively from 23 July to 22 August.
A medium bodied coffee with a complex flavor. Its characteristically bold sweetness is coupled with chocolate, caramel, honey and citrus notes.
This coffee was available exclusively from 23 August to 22 September .
Velvety taste and soft body, smooth finish. Strong chocolate notes, slight taste of dried fruit and medium caramel.
This coffee was available exclusively from 23 September to 22 October.
A full-bodied coffee with a distinctive bitterness. The striking aroma is characterized by intense notes of caramel which leave a sweet cocoa aftertaste in the mouth.
This coffee was available exclusively from 23 October to 22 November.
The caramel notes make this a particularly sweet coffee. The aroma is further enriched with the presence of fruit, chocolate, nuts and toasted bread.
This coffee was available exclusively from 23 November to 22 December.