Today’s Eat This! takes us to Italy and should really be called Drink This! illy coffee is an Italian way of life. A distinct coffee made from Arabica beans found on four continents and purchased directly from the farmers. Balanced, sweet perfection.
At illy, economic, social and environmental sustainability are top priorities. Farmers earn above market price and maintain low-impact growing practices in exchange for business training. In 2000, illy founded the Clube illy do Cafè in Brazil which now includes more than 600 growers. Through the program, illy establishes direct relationships with the growers, based on the exchange of knowledge and mutual growth.
Both sweet, the “caffe” is for purists: the first ready-to-drink coffee without milk and “cappuccino” is blended with low-fat milk and a touch of dark cocoa. It’s quite a treat and just enough in a slim little can.
Caffeine was first identified in the early 1800s by Ferdinand Runge, a young German doctor who recognized the substance’s stimulating effects on the central nervous system, and its proclivity to maintain attention and a good mood. The naturally-occurring caffeine in coffee reduces sensations of hunger. Some studies suggest that just one cup of coffee can help relieve the symptoms of a migraine. Promising new research finds that caffeine in coffee may even stave off the onset of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Coffee is a powerful source of antioxidants, critical to eliminating free radicals.
Find illy coffee at Sur la Table, World Market, Zupans and other gourmet shops.
Follow this site to find illy in Seattle:
(information sited from illy.com, wikipedia.com)
(Picture taken from inside my car)