Ernesto Illy

July 18th 1925 - February 3rd 2008

It is a very sad day for the specialty coffee industry as Dr. Illy, honorary Chairman of Illycaffè, died on February 3rd 2008 at the age of 82. Dr. Illy was one of the greatest minds in the coffee industry and dedicated his life to educating and breaking new grounds in specialty coffee and espresso. His energy, enthusiasm, knowledge and tireless commitment to promoting coffee quality inspired all who knew him, and he will be greatly missed by all of us at Bellissimo, and Barista Exchange.

Only a week ago I was talking to my dad about re-releasing the Dr. Illy Milan Interviews on DVD, which are in the works, and I said "Dad, don't you have Dr. Illy's email address? Invite him to join Barista Exchange ..." I am not sure if he ever did get the email, but I so admire his passion and dedication, and the fact that he spoke his mind about what he believed in.

He will be missed by all that knew him. My heart goes out to his friends and family and the everyone at Illy Caffé. He was a great man.

- Matt

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