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illy Espresso Classic Roast Coffee Beans 250g

by Illy
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
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  • 100% Arabica beans
  • Medium roast, whole coffee beans
  • Packed in nitrogen to preserve freshness
  • Remains fresh for at least two years
  • Roasted in Italy
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Technical Details
Product Dimensions15 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm
Item model number00495
Storage InstructionsOnce opened, keep refrigerated.
SpecialityNo Added Sugar
Use By Recommendation1 month
Package InformationTin
Country Produced InItaly
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 66 in Grocery (See top 100)
Shipping Weight449 g
Date First Available1 Jan 2008
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Product Description

Illy is a unique blend of 100 percent superior Arabica coffee beans for a maximum flavour and a rich, fragrant aroma. Perfectly ground coffee preserved in a pressurised container.

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250g tin of Classic Illy Red label coffee beans

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Br-Illy-ant coffee! 7 Feb 2012
Illy brand coffee is regarded as some of the best coffee in the world, and not without good reason. Illy, still a family run business near Trieste, have been producing coffee in Italy since 1933. The name has since become synonymous with quality. These medium roast Arabica beans are indeed a little on the pricey side, but in this case I believe that you do get what you pay for and you will struggle to find a better flavoured coffee bean on the market.

The packaging is fancy (Illy have been selling coffee in tins since the 1950s), as you might expect when you purchase an expensive item, but it actually serves a purpose, as the (patented) packaging process allows air in the can to be replaced by inert gases at above atmospheric pressure, thereby keeping your coffee fresh and full of flavour while it is transported throughout the world; information you may wish to bore your guests with, or not. The lid screws down tightly and securely to keep the beans as fresh as possible once opened.

With a good grinder, and either a stove-top espresso maker or espresso machine (which I find produces the best texture and flavour) the espresso this blend produces is an absolute delight; thick, with a light and substantial `crema' and a smooth, slightly nutty/caramel flavour, strong, but not overly bitter. This is the best I can describe it. I have become completely sold on this, and will now only use this or Lavazza Qualita ORO for my morning espresso. It may be a couple of pounds more expensive than the rest, but it tastes more than a couple of pounds better - that's good value in my book. Treat yourself.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The versatile bean 30 Nov 2012
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I first encountered Illy coffee over 30 years ago in Italy where it was justifiably regarded as one of the best premium coffees you can buy, and as far as i am concerned, it is still up there with the best.

Illy has never been the cheapest way to produce your daily brew, but if you work it out on a cost per cup basis, you are talking pennies.

I tend to fresh grind small batches every few days and keep the beans in the fridge. I have found the Illy beans to be very consistent over the years, and depending on the coarseness of the grind, equally good for both filter and espresso.

5 star all the way.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not cheap, but you get what you pay for 20 Sep 2010
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I'm a little bemused by the negative comments. (What's wrong with the tin being pretty for example? Why does that mater?)

The bottom line is taste, and these beans make an excellent cup of coffee. They can take being brewed strong without any bitterness, and produce a brew that has a rich, strong, slightly creamy flavour.

Worth the money I'd say -- for an occasional treat at least.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best ever coffee 9 Nov 2012
By Becks
I tried Illy coffee a few months ago and I now never buy any other beans, I use these in my bean to cup machine and it makes a by far more superior coffee than any of the high street chains. Yes this is expensive but it makes a great espresso.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coffee Consistency 23 April 2012
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Iffy Coffee, whether beans or ground, seems to be the only coffee that provides a consistent crema in several Espresso machines i've had over the years.
Yes, it is expensive, but you pay for what you get....and for those of you with man caves, the tins make excellent nut, bolt and screw storage receptacles!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Price for two tins! 10 Oct 2010
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I only buy illy coffee beans and this is the cheapest you can get. I always order a years supply of coffee. This is a very good price for two tins of one of the best coffee beans on the market.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best coffee 3 Mar 2012
Illy is the most highly selected of the Italian coffees and it shows. It quality coffee. Typically, it is just 2% caffeine and that is a mark of it's high quality (the lower the natural caffeine the better the quality!). Compare that with other coffees, but that aside, it is smooth, silky, rich but not bitter or burnt. illy is regarded by Italians as being the best coffee in Italy and so if the Italians think so.....!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best available. 9 Feb 2014
By egbert
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I wish I could afford to use these all the time but they are so pricey. I wish I could re-use the nice tins as it seems a waste to throw them away. I would be glad to buy the quality of beans in a sealed packet.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Coffee
Fantastic Coffee at a great price, buy 2 to get free post with prime.
Published 17 days ago by Mr. Mark J. O'reilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good quality coffee and fast shipping.
Published 21 days ago by Anthony Xerri
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully rich espresso
A great espresso, rich and well roasted (yet not burnt like Starbucks coffee) and extremely smooth on the palate, without the bitter notes of some other coffees in it's class. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Alicks
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great coffee! this 250g illy classic we used up already after one week. have to order more next time.
Published 29 days ago by Zheng Zhang
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best beans for price
Published 1 month ago by aurimas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 1 month ago by keano
5.0 out of 5 stars coffee
Tasty coffee and the tin is an added bonus.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously smooth
I bought this to try out the 100% arabica roast. It is so smooth in comparison to a blend of arabica and robusta beans and turns an espresso shot into the type of shot that could... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ronan Coughlan
5.0 out of 5 stars Never fails.
More expensive blah blah. But try them once and its end of for the rest. (apart from Starbucks Sumatra of course)
Published 3 months ago by thomas monaghan
4.0 out of 5 stars Check First!
I love Illy coffee. I added these to my subscribe and save, and they turned up as planned. However, they are fault for not reading the description properly. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alan
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