4 laboratories to explore a universe

It may seem to be nothing more than a good beverage, but coffee is something much more complex. Its ID card indicates approximately 1500 known chemical characteristics. Studying it means involving genetics, agronomy, botany, physics, mathematics, chemistry, biochemistry, biology, engineering, physiology and... psychology. illy develops this mountain of research in its four laboratories.

Aromalab
Where we study the chemistry and the aromatic profile of coffee and assess the quality of green and roast coffee.

Sensorylab
Where chemistry and physics come together with psychology to investigate the relationships between sensory stimulus and emotional and cognitive response.

Techlab
Where the studies carried out by the AromaLab and SensoryLab find application in new technologies and solutions, which continuously improve the espresso blend and the production processes.

Biolab
Where we study the various aspects of coffee biology, from the characteristics of the plant to its interaction with the climate and the environment.