When he founded his company in 1933, Francesco Illy was driven by a dream: to produce the best coffee that nature could offer and distribute it all over the world. To do this he not only had to produce excellent coffee, but he also had to develop the technologies necessary to prepare it. This is how Illetta was born, the progenitor of the espresso machines that we see today in cafés all over the world. In the 1930s, espresso machines "burned" the coffee due to the high temperature and low pressure of the water. Francesco's intuition was to create a new technology capable of exploiting compressed air, in addition to steam, as a source of pressure. This ingenious innovation allowed Illetta to prepare an espresso very similar to the espresso we drink today.
Since the design of Illetta, we have always pursued the research and development of innovative systems to perfect the way of preparing coffee. Iperespresso, to date, is the most advanced method: a real integrated system consisting of a capsule and a machine designed entirely around it, protected by 5 international patents.
The illy cup, which has become a true icon, was created with the aim of creating the ideal container for our espresso. A "container" capable of making the most of the moment of tasting from every point of view: sensorial, intellectual and aesthetic. Born in 1991, the work of the prestigious designer Matteo Thun preserves the heat at its best, directs the diffusion of aromas and offers tactile and visual pleasure. Over the years, this cup has been transformed many times, becoming an unprecedented source of inspiration for some of the greatest artists from around the world.
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