Chairman & CEO
Andrea Illy is Chairman and CEO of illycaffè S.p.A. Founded 80 years ago upon its invention of the modern espresso method, the company's uncompromising passion and vision is to create the highest quality coffee: an authentic Italian experience in every cup. Andrea spearheaded illy's global expansion, bringing the illy experience to cafes, restaurants, hotels and retailers to more than 140 countries, where six million cups of illy coffee are now served every day. His academic background in chemistry led to his co-authorship of "Espresso Coffee: the Chemistry of Quality", considered a leading text in its field, and to his appointment as president of the Association for Science and Information on Coffee (ASIC). Andrea is a leader in sustainable coffee production. The quality- and direct-trade centric supply model that illycaffè pioneered 25 years ago became the basis for a certification standard from Det Norske Veritas, the global industrial certification authority. He was appointed a committee chairman of the UN's International Coffee Organization. Andrea serves as president Altagamma, the Italian luxury brands association, and as top Advisor the Bank of Italy.
About Illycafè SpA:
Based in Trieste, Italy, illycaffè produces and markets a unique blend of espresso coffee under a single brand leader in quality. Over 6 million cups of illy espresso coffee are enjoyed every day. illy is sold in over 140 countries around the world and is available in more than 100,000 of the best restaurants and coffee bars. espressamente illy, the chain of franchised Italian-style coffee bars is now present in more than 30 countries and comprises 230 outlets. With the aim of spreading the coffee culture, illy has founded the Università del Caffè, the centre of excellence offering theoretical and practical training on every aspect of coffee for coffee growers, coffee shops staff and enthusiasts. illy buys green coffee directly from the growers of the highest quality Arabica through partnerships based on the mutual creation of value. The Trieste-based company fosters long-term collaborations with the world's best coffee growers - in Brazil, Central America, India, Africa and China - providing know-how and technology and offering above-market prices.