illycaffè was founded in 1933 in Trieste by Francesco Illy. Today it is led by the third generation of the family. Andrea Illy is the Chairman and Massimiliano Pogliani the CEO. Anna Rossi Illy, Ernesto's wife (the founder's son passed away in 2008) is honorary Chairman. Anna Illy jr continues her father's work and handles relations with coffee growers.
The company is known and admired on five continents for the high quality and unmistakable velvety taste of its coffee, an outstanding blend made up of nine types of pure Arabica that every day delights millions of people at home, offices, hotels, restaurants and cafés.
But that is not all: illy's passion for excellence involves coffee producers in South and Central America, India and Africa, and improves their lives. It is expressed in the desire to create value for all its customers, which has led to the company becoming the first in the world to obtain “Responsible Supply Chain Process” certification from DNV (Det Norske Veritas), which certifies the sustainability of the entire supply chain.