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illy at Salone del Mobile di Milano celebrates more than 80 years of coffee

TRIESTE, Italy – A story of beauty and innovation that winds through the milestone tales of technological and formal innovation, a long tradition, and the latest creations: this is the multisensory journey that illycaffè is set to take visitors on during the Salone del Mobile starting in Milan on April 12.

 It’s an important anniversary year for illycaffè that it is excited to celebrate and share during Design Week – its storehouse of knowledge associated with technology and design applied to the world of coffeetwo great passions that have been part of the Illy family’s and the company’s DNA for four generations.

 Since 1933, the year of illy’s founding, the company’s continuous and ongoing focus on research, the quality of its products, the “beautiful and the well-made”, has become a beacon of excellence for coffee culture around the globe. The company’s diligent commitment to investing in technology has made it possible to develop radical innovations that have revolutionized how we make, think of and taste coffee:

 80 years of illetta

Invented by founder Francesco Illy, the “illetta” is the forerunner of today’s modern espresso machine which introduced for the very first time automatic water flow and the formula of high-pressure coffee.

20 years of X1

Designed by Luca Trazzi, the X1 was the first espresso machine by illycaffè to combine aesthetic research & technology in a “retro futuristic” style referencing 1960s and 1970s Italian design, and earned the status of a true design icon. Today, to celebrate 100 years of design (80 for illetta & 20 for X1), illy presents the X1 Anniversary Edition, which includes the latest espresso machine technology and the heritage of illy design.

10 years of Iperespresso

The Iperespresso system, launched by illycaffè in 2006, allows everyone to make a perfect espresso, even at home, with all the qualities of freshness, smoothness, full-body, and aromas, with a rich, persistent and velvety cream, as if a prepared by a barista.

This is possible due to the patented capsule system with a special valve that has a two-phase extraction of coffee:  hyper infusion and emulsion.  Maximum expression of aromas that are conserved and refined over time can be obtained with the inventive illycaffè packaging system that uses the principle of pressurization.

Building on the foundations of these pioneering, leading-edge inventions, illycaffè has now taken the experience of savoring a cup of espresso to a more personal and individual level with the Personal Blender. 

Launched as a prototype on the occasion of Expo 2015, the illy designed and patented coffee machine makes it possible to select one’s individual taste profile from the nine ingredients and notes of the illy blend with a remote mobile device.

This invention opens up new horizons, in a world where individual choices trend has great importance especially for younger consumers.

Two installations at Design Week offer people the chance to live the illycaffè experience:

At its illyartlab space in the Triennale building, visitors are invited to expand their knowledge and experience of coffee in the “illy Coffee Room. A polysensory journey to discover coffee”, a multisensory journey through learning and experiential modules.

At the entrance to illyartLab, visitors will be introduced to the world of coffee through a video that will prepare them to future experiences.

Following a kind of initiatory path, they will enter into the “Coffee Room”, a completely dark and silent space where they will find, illuminated by a ray of light from above, 9 icons: each of them will introduce – through sounds, aromas, colors and emotions – to the 9 ingredients (nine Arabica coffee varieties coming from different countries) that make up the unique illy blend.

At the end of the path, through practice and training and with the assistance of an expert, each visitor will discover their personal taste preferences to assemble an individual blend using the Personal Blender.  One leap forward in the process of becoming a connoisseur.

On the occasion of the OPEN BORDERS exhibition sponsored by Interni, the historic courtyard at the Università degli Studi di Milano will host the X1: the story of a family passioninstallation, through which we can retrace the history of illy espresso coffee machines, from illetta to the X1 Anniversary Edition, created to celebrate 20 years since the first X1.

Rounded columns – red-and-white on one side, black-and-white on the other – give the space an anamorphic effect. In the middle of the space stands the illetta; the X1 Anniversary Edition is on display along the sides, its hallmark pressure gauge featuring the historic illy logo.