Appreciate the quintessence of coffee as you're welcomed to the world of slow preparation

Of the myriad gastronomic traditions, we can thank Italy for popularising in the western world, the most ubiquitous¬—and delicious—is coffee. So who better to tell us about coffee than the connoisseurs at illy; premium Italian coffee roasters and inventors of the modern-day espresso machine?

Visit illy at Taste to sample their world-famous blend of nine premium Arabica coffees, sourced from the finest coffee growers across the world; from India to Brazil. Whether espresso of cappuccino is your thing, illy’s Italian baristas are set to make you the best coffee you’ve ever tasted.


A pop-up version of illy’s legendary University of Coffee will also enable guests to #beyourownbarista, with experts offering the chance to get hands on, and learn exactly how to make the perfect coffee. Running through the nine different single origin roasts that make up illy’s famous classic blend, you will discover a symphony of aromas, with hints of flowers, fruits, caramel, toasted bread, chocolate, almonds and honey.

Coffee Cocktail Masterclasses

A special coffee cocktail masterclass will also be held each evening. Led by illy’s head of UK quality, Marco Arrigo, and an all-star mixologist from a top-secret London cocktail bar, participants can learn how to make the ultimate espresso martini.


A #thanks4thecoffee initiative will also be running, where you will be able to write a note to the world’s coffee growers. Designed to forge a link between the end product and its origins, consumers can thank the farmers for the hard work and care they put in to providing us with one of the world’s most sought after products, giving them an idea of just how valued they are.

Competition time!

Finally, you will also have the chance to win an illy X1 anniversary edition machine; a beautiful stainless steel vintage model especially designed to celebrate 20 years of quality coffee at home.


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