Single-serve coffee pioneer illy introduces two new machines for the compostable paper pod format

New illy X1 Anniversary ESE & Ground and illy easy espresso machines,

Compatible with ESE paper pods, available for purchase in the United States

NEW YORK, March 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — illycaffè, a global leader in premium sustainable coffee, today announced that the brand easy machine and the ESE & Ground X1 Anniversary Espresso Machine are now available for purchase in the United States at and other fine retailers. This new coffee machine introduction offers coffee lovers new ways to enjoy an ideally brewed espresso via industrially compostable ESE (Easy Serving Espresso) pods, the single-serve format with the perfect dose of coffee between two layers of plastic filters. paper, which illy launched in the 1970s. and recently optimized to continue illy’s longstanding commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2033.

Each ESE pod contains the perfect measure of illy’s unique blend, ideally packed and made from 100% Arabica coffee beans enclosed in specially designed filter paper to preserve the exceptional flavors of the illy blend. As part of his pursuit #ONEMAKESTHEDIFFERENCE initiative, illy has committed to reducing its use of plastic in the production and shipping of products by 175 tonnes per year. illy’s commitment to protecting the environment and global communities has led it to become the first and only Italian coffee company to receive B-Corp certification in April 2021.

the new X1 Anniversary ESE & Ground The coffee machine combines the iconic look of the illy machine with the versatility of two different brewing options in one beautiful machine, ideal for coffee and design connoisseurs. Able to brew with traditional ground coffee or ESE pods, the machine easily produces cafe-quality espresso. The machine’s fast eco-mode heating technology provides near-instant brewing for energy savings and convenience, the latter of which is enhanced by a sleep mode that begins immediately after each brewing process. As aesthetic as it is functional, the Luca Trazzi– The designed machine features a stainless steel body, backlit water tank and ergonomic handle for ease of use and a stylish appearance, in addition to the iconic illy vintage 1935 logo prominently displayed behind the temperature gauge.

the new illy easy espresso (ESE) The machine also offers an elevated experience in a sleek and compact design, offering maximum simplicity and easy, intuitive operation for making a traditional single or lungo espresso. Coffee lovers can also adjust the temperature and volume of the machine. The size of the machine makes it perfect for any kitchen or home office, and its sustainability-focused features such as auto power-off and ESE compostable pod compatibility allow coffee lovers to minimize their impact on the environment.

“These innovative products represent our passion for delivering an elevated home coffee experience with a range of high-quality products that meet the needs and desires of every individual in one machine, as well as our commitment to sustainability,” said Jack EdwardsPresident of North Americaillycaffè.”With the continued introduction of eco-friendly machines and individual pods, we are fulfilling our mission of providing the best coffee experience for our customers while creating solutions that benefit the health of our planet.”

The X1 Anniversary ESE & Ground machine is available for $949 in classic red and black illy and $999 in the high variety of stainless silver. The illy easy (ESE) machine is available in red and black for $249. In addition to these machines, customers can purchase ESE pods in Classico Roast available for single espresso, espresso lungo and decaf. Intenso roast is available for signal espresso. ESE pods are retailed for $13.99 ($14.99 decaffeinated) for 18 units at and select retailers including Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, Williams Sonoma and On the Table. illy coffee lovers can also set up automated deliveries using illy’s customizable tool. Coffee subscription service. For more information, visit

About illycaffè

illycafe is an Italian family business, founded in Trieste in 1933 and committed to offering the best coffee in the world. It produces illy’s unique 100% Arabica blend of 9 of the world’s finest Arabica selections; every day, more than 8 million cups are consumed in more than 140 countries in the best cafes, restaurants, hotels, offices and homes. Thanks to its innovations, it contributes to technological progress in the coffee sector. With the granting of the first “Ernesto Illy Quality Espresso Coffee Award” in 1991 at Brazil, illy was also the first to share its know-how and pay a high price for the best quality. Since 2017, through its “Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award”, the company has celebrated the producers of the best batches of sustainable coffee in the world. Since 2013, illycaffè has been regularly included in the list of the most ethical companies in the world. In 2019, illy renewed its commitment to pursue a sustainable business model combining environmental and social issues by adopting Società Benefit [benefit corporation] statute and include this commitment in its statutes. In 2021, illy was the first Italian coffee company to achieve international B Corp certification thanks to its commitment to the highest environmental and social performance standards. The company has also founded its Coffee University with the aim of fostering and spreading its culture, offering comprehensive academic and practical training to coffee growers, baristas and coffee lovers to cover all aspects of the product. Everything “made in illy” is enhanced by beauty & art, which represent the founding values ​​of the brand, starting with its logo – designed by an artist, James Rosenquist – and including the famous illy Art Collection, decorated by more than 100 international artists. In 2020, the company employed 1291 people and posted a consolidated turnover of 446.5 million euros. There are 261 illy single-brand stores and boutiques in more than 40 countries. In 2021, Rhône Capital becomes a minority shareholder of illycaffè to support the company in its international growth.


James G. Williams