Founded in 1933 by Francesco Illy, illycaffè produces and sells a unique blend of high quality coffee made from 9 types of pure Arabica beans A careful balance of ingredients from South and Central America, India and Africa creates the unmistakable illy flavor: always identical in any espresso cup, wherever it is drunk around the world. The illy blend is destined for the Ho.Re.Ca. (hotel, restaurant and catering) sector, household and office consumption. It is now marketed in 140 countries worldwide, covering all 5 continents, and is served in more than 50,000 of the finest restaurants and coffee bars in the world. Based in Trieste, Italy, illycaffè is led by chairman and CEO, Andrea Illy, the third generation of the Illy family. Today, the illycaffè group helps to develop the global market and culture of coffee by working on all the factors that go into the perfect cup of espresso: the blend, the machines, the preparation, the training of specialized bar staff and even the design of bars and venues where people can enjoy drinking coffee. It disseminates the culture of coffee by continually reinventing tradition. In 2010, the illycaffè group with 11 direct and indirect subsidiaries and over 700 employees, achieved consolidated sales of €305 million with 3.5% net profits. Exports represented 56% of total sales.