Tag Archive 'espressamente'

Trip Report: Illy Caffè (Union St., Cow Hollow)

Posted by TheShot on 31 Dec 2014 | Filed under: Add Milk, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Home Brew, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

illy caffè North America has operated Espressamente cafés here as in Europe, but this example is modeled more after a truer café rather than coffee bar per se. As such, Illy has designated it with a different name (“illy caffè”). However, that hasn’t stopped many confused locals who still insist on calling it “Espressamente.” (I […]

Coffee in South India

Posted by TheShot on 03 Feb 2012 | Filed under: Add Milk, Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Home Brew, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee

If you were to read it in the current Roast magazine article (from the Jan-Feb 2012 issue), India is a coffee consumer desert. This week TIME magazine wrote about the entrance of Starbucks in the Indian market almost as if to dismiss any prior coffee consumption there. But after spending three weeks in South India’s […]

Illy brands itself through independent U.S. cafés

Posted by TheShot on 03 Nov 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Foreign Brew

Today’s Wall Street Journal published an article on Illycaffè‘s quiet expansion in the U.S. coffeehouse market: Illy Uses Backdoor to Take On Starbucks in U.S. – WSJ.com. Anytime someone tries to sell coffee in this country, the knee-jerk media presumption is that they’re going to “Take On Starbucks“™. Illy has always publicly stated that they […]

Interview with Andrea Illy: The original Mr Bean

Posted by TheShot on 07 Oct 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Quality Issues, Roasting

The London Times today published a business section interview of Andrea Illy, the head of IllyCaffè: The original Mr Bean – Times Online. More of a financial/business article, it discusses Illy’s role in the world of specialty coffee — touching on Illy’s technical innovations (some of them regrettable, IMO), brand positioning, and even Mr. Illy’s […]

Illy in D.C.: A Coffee Chain’s Stand-Up Effort on M St.

Posted by TheShot on 23 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends

According to today’s Washington Post, Illy launched their first U.S. café last week: A Coffee Chain’s Stand-Up Effort on M St. – washingtonpost.com. Rather than taking the form of the Espressamente chain across Europe, Illy opted instead for a stand-up-service-only café inside a Washington, D.C. Marriott. Their quick-witted name for the place?: Caffe. Tweet

Italian coffee company illy looks to expand with luxury

Posted by TheShot on 25 Dec 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Starbucks

Today’s International Herald Tribune published an article on Illy’s growth strategy of luxury cafés: Italian coffee company illy looks to expand with luxury – Business – International Herald Tribune. (Ignore the article’s initial, erroneous paragraph for a moment: Francesco Illy clearly did not “invent the espresso.”) Illy’s café chain is called Espressamente. We reviewed a […]

Trip Report: Illy Espressamente – Lisbon

Posted by TheShot on 13 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Back in July we reported on Illy‘s strategy for opening licensed Illy Espressamente cafés across Europe. During my travels in Portugal last month, I had the pleasure of encountering my first one in the unlikeliest of places. In the perimeter wall of the recently remodelled Praça de Touros do Campo Pequeno bullfighting arena, this fully […]

I Have Returned…

Posted by TheShot on 26 Oct 2006 | Filed under: CoffeeRatings.com, Foreign Brew

This is as good as a General Douglas MacArthur impersionation as you’ll ever get from me. After three weeks of touring most of central and northern Portugal, I’ve finally returned to the Bay Area. The good news? I have many stories and photos to convey on the status and quality of espresso in Portugal as […]

Head barista: Andrea Illy of Illycaffè

Posted by TheShot on 28 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Roasting

From the print edition of The Economist, an article on Andrea Illy of Illycaffè: Face value | Head barista | Economist.com. Andrea Illy is the head of Trieste-based Illycaffè. And despite the standards gap between Italian espresso and the chain that made the most riches exporting their own version of it, Mr. Illy has only […]

Illycaffè introduces Espressamente cafés around the world

Posted by TheShot on 28 Jul 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Starbucks

In the August 7 issue of BusinessWeek, there’s an article titled “Basta With The Venti Frappuccinos.” According to this article, Andrea Illy, the head of Illycaffè, is out to show the Starbucks of this world how espresso should be done. They have started rolling out hundreds of licensed cafés under the brand name Espressamente. Espressawhat?, […]