Università del Caffè - North America

Sharing Coffee Culture and Knowledge

A Passion for Excellence

A meaningful and comprehensive education in coffee includes many areas of knowledge, including the study of coffee production and processing, the role of coffee in developing countries of origin, coffee’s societal role in creating the culture of cafés and personal rituals, as well as a special focus on the moment of consumption.  As coffee moves in the consumer’s mind from being a “cup of caffeine” to a highly prized experience,
the quality of the coffee and the precise technical knowledge of the methods of transforming coffee into a spectrum of final products is elevated.
illy Università del caffè (the University of Coffee) has 28 campuses worldwide, and began it’s North American-based Università del caffè in 2008. 


Choose the Ideal Course for You

For professionals, connoisseurs and coffee lovers.


Courses for Professionals and Baristas

In 2017, the Univeristà del Caffè in North America opened it’s first permanent location adjacent to the illy caffè at 220 Montgomery Street in San Francisco. This dedicated space offers courses and professional experiences for baristas, shop owners and Business & Institutions.  Illy has also partnered with the prestigious International Culinary Center and the Culinary Institute of America to expand offerings in North America.


Taste Experiences for everyone

For Connoisseurs and Coffee lovers

A selection of classes and experiences created and perfected for coffee lovers and connoisseurs taught by illy’s own Master Baristas.  You will learn basic coffee knowledge, including history of coffee and also experience hands-on preparation training.

UDC San Francisco Taste Experiences: Register Now
For all other areas of North America: Contact Us

Book you next team building experience or private class for your friends at our San Francisco classroom:


Custom Courses and Experiences

For Businesses and Professionals Only

Customized courses are available for coffee businesses and professionals. Passion and coffee knowledge are key to growing your business.  Let us work with your team to teach them how to create the perfect coffee experience for your customers by enhancing the quality of the coffee you serve.




Giorgio Milos

illy’s Master Barista from Trieste, Italy. With barista training dating back to his teens, Milos is one of the world’s foremost experts on coffee. He is an Italian Barista Champion, a Specialty Coffee Association certified Lead Instructor and Master Barista in addition to serving as a professor for illy’s Università del Caffè. Milos travels the U.S., leading the illy Master Barista Series – classes and events for passionate coffee lovers and consumers.

Heidi Rasmussen

Senior Manager of Education and Quality for illy caffè North America. With 25 years overseeing quality in the cup at illy, Heidi serves as a professor of illy’s Università del Caffè and oversees the development and implementation of the company’s education, quality and training initiatives. A career that began 30 years ago in Seattle as one of Starbuck’s first baristas and trainer, Heidi has pioneered the way for women in the espresso business.

Mark Romano

Vice President of Education, Quality & Sustainability for illy caffè North America. A 35-year-veteran of illy, Mark leads the development of illy’s Università del Caffè and, with his team, ensures that every cup of illy is its finest. As previous Director of Quality & Technical Service, Mark has contributed to global research and projects that have resulted in international patents and new systems, machines and products designed to enhance quality in the cup.


220 Montgomery Università del Caffè.
San Francisco, CA.

In 2017, the Univeristà del Caffè in North America opened it’s first permanent location adjacent to the illy caffè at 220 Montgomery Street in San Francisco.
This space is dedicated to a wide array of coffee courses including unique consumer experiences for coffee lovers and connoisseurs,  professional experiences for baristas, shop owners and Business & Institutions.

Learn more and register for a course now.

The Culinary Institute of America

Napa Valley, CA

Since 2009, illy has partnered with the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Greystone and Copia locations in Napa, CA to offer professional and consumer courses as part of the Universita del Caffè. CIA offers associate degrees in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts with certificate programs in wine and beverage studies. It is a premier culinary college in the United States, enrolling over 2,800 students across the country.

International Culinary Center


In 2008, illy partnered with the International Culinary Center (ICC) in New York City to offer professional and consumer courses about coffee.  The ICC is the global expert in professional culinary and wine education.  With campuses in New York City and Northern California, the ICC provides each student with the credentials, confidence and connections to launch a successful career anywhere in the world.