Selection – Bean by Bean

Coffee picking is extremely efficient nowadays: numerous batches are harvested by machine, while others (apart from very rare exceptions) are picked very quickly by hand. This results in a large quantity of defects in almost every batch we buy. These defects cannot affect our Amici blend. Almost 50 years of experience in selecting green coffee, bean by bean, have enabled us to precisely identify the best beans for our blend, eliminating 100% of the defective beans. My father, Ernesto Illy, began developing this selection procedure in 1968: since then, all the coffees roasted by the Illy family have been selected bean by bean.