At the end of the 1980s, scouring the Brazilian rural areas, Ernesto Illy proved to local farmers that there was a market willing to pay much higher amounts to obtain a higher quality product, thus giving a new impetus to the entire supply chain and providing coffee farmers with new tools and machines for the success of a new type of product.
In 1991, we decided to offer concrete recognition to farmers who agreed to adhere to our quality and sustainability principles. This is why we created an award that over time would become the most important award for coffee quality. Since 2008, this recognition has been called the Ernesto Illy Award for quality espresso coffee, to pay tribute to the honorary president of illy.
The Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award, named in memory of illy's visionary leader, son of the company's founder, celebrates the work that, for almost 30 years, we have been doing every day alongside farmers to offer the best sustainable coffee in the world.
Every year we select for you the 9 most valuable coffees from the most sustainable crops. Thanks to the commitment of an international jury of experts, we award the best coffee crops in the world to give you the privilege of tasting something exclusive every month in our illy stores.
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 a nice intensity of acidity and sweetness, this full-bodied coffee stands out for its 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 its particular 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 coffee is bitterness 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 and balanced coffee with a peculiar 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.”