illy is a brand of coffee produced in Trieste, Italy. illy produces only one blend in three roast variations: normal, dark roast or decaffeinated. The blend is packaged as beans (yet to be ground), pre-ground coffee or E.S.E. pods.
An exclusive illy method is the pressurization technique used by the company to preserve its coffee. In this process, air is extracted from the cans and replaced with inert gasses at a higher-than-atmospheric level of pressure.
He also devised a new packaging system for preserving coffee in which the cans were filled with inert gases instead of air: pressurization. illy coffee was soon "exported" outside the immediate Trieste area, and was eventually sold all over Italy.
After the Second World War, control of the company passed to Ernesto Illy (1925-2008), son of the founder, who started a research laboratory that soon became the source of numerous new inventions and patents. It was Ernesto, a scientist and researcher, who established cooperation agreements with universities and research centers, and who promoted premium coffee around the globe. His son, Andrea Illy is currently the chairman , and his sister and brother Anna Illy and Riccardo Illy are on the board.
Currently, illycaffè S.p.A. is a large international company, selling its coffee-related products in approximately 131 countries worldwide. The illy group is made up of several companies located in North America, Lebanon, France, Germany, Spain and Benelux. The group employs approximately 600 people throughout these six locations.