Illy is an Italian coffee roasting company that specializes in the production of espresso. The company was founded by Francesco Illy in 1933.
Today, Andrea Illy is the Chairman, representing the third generation of family leadership.
Since the end of the 1980s, Illy has not purchased green coffee from the international commodity markets, but directly from the source.
The company exclusively purchases the arabica species, in particular from Brazil, the largest producer worldwide, but also from Colombia, India, and countries in Africa and Central America.
Illy’s Università del caffè offers free training for growers.
Illy buys between 10% and 30% of coffee produced by growers trained at the University of Coffee at a premium price, but does not require that the growers enter into an exclusive contract with the company.
Illy is the world’s first company to receive the Responsible Supply Chain Process (RSCP) certification of sustainability awarded by the Det Norske Veritas (DNV).