June 16, 2015

A Visit to the Illycaffe Factory in Trieste

Do you know… more than 500-billion cups of coffee are consumed worldwide each year? And, at least 14-billion of them are Italian espressos.

While I was in Italy, I had the opportunity to learn more about the culture of fine coffee from Mr. Andrea Illy, the Chairman and CEO of illycaffe. If you’re not familiar with illycaffe, it is an international Italian roasting company that specializes in the production of espresso. The company was founded in 1933 by Francesco Illy, who developed the modern espresso machine. Later, the company was led by his son, Ernesto, and now, Andrea represents the third generation of family leadership.

Andrea graciously took us on a helicopter ride from Milan to Trieste, to tour the illycaffe factory. Trieste is the Adriatic port town where coffee first entered Europe. It was a delightful and very informative visit.

Enjoy these photos.