NEW YORK, Aug. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Illy, creator of the first modern espresso machine eight decades ago, is innovating once again with its new Y5 Milk Espresso and Coffee system -- illy's first capsule machine with an integrated milk tank and frother that creates both espresso- and brewed coffee-based drinks like cappuccino, latte macchiato, and steamed milk with one simple touch. Beyond one touch preparation of espresso-based drinks with and without milk and coffee, the Y5 Milk Espresso & Coffee machine conveniently dispenses hot water for tea and steamed milk.
Building on illy's proprietary iperEspresso capsule technology, this system sets a new bar for quality preparation and versatility in single serve machines. It will be initially available at gourmet retail leader Sur La Table www.surlatable.com starting in August and at illy stores and e-shop at www.illyusa.com, priced at $399 plus tax and additional shipping for online orders.
With a contemporary design available in black and satin finish options, the Y5 Milk Espresso and Coffee occupies a small footprint, measuring 8.5''(w) x 11.2''(d) x 9.6''(h), ideal for any kitchen. A touch-sensitive menu located at the top of the machine consists of intuitive, artistic icons representing six preparations. A 30 oz. water tank and 16.9 oz. milk tank are both front facing and easily removable, ideal for refrigerating milk when the system isn't in use. Variable volume control allows adjustment for beverage portion size, and other helpful features include LED lighting over the cup during beverage dispensing and a power save function that activates after 10 minutes of non-use.
Illy first introduced its innovative iperEspresso system in 2008, setting new standards for quality in-home, single-serve espresso preparation and is protected by five patents worldwide. Each iperEspresso capsule uses a two phase process, encompassing distinct "hyperinfusion" and "emulsion" stages that work together to deliver aromatic, intense and full-bodied espresso, topped with a rich, long-lasting and velvety crema. The IperEspresso capsule technology further evolved with the introduction of a capsule specially designed with a mini filter for brewing an extraordinary cup of classic coffee, with no compromise.
The Y5 Milk Espresso and Coffee system follows this year's introduction of the illy Y5 Duo, the family-owned brand's first iper-based single serve system for both espresso and brewed coffee. At the core of the iperEspresso system is illy's signature coffee blend, containing nine types of 100 percent sustainably grown Arabica beans, all directly purchased from growers. Twenty five years ago, illy pioneered directly buying beans from growers to ensure unparalleled bean quality and sustainable practices were adopted. The company also offers single origin capsules for espresso. IperEspresso single serve espresso capsules retail for $19.00 (21ct), and coffee capsules at $16.50 (18ct).
Over the past 82 years, illy has reimagined many aspects of coffee culture, starting from its introduction of the illetta in 1935 – the precursor to the modern day espresso machine, and the first to use pressurization to protect the coffee and preserve its vital aromas and flavors.
Illy's deep legacy in coffee and industry leadership has come to life at the EXPO Milano 2015 where illy is designated as the Official Expo 2015 Coffee Partner and organizer of the Coffee Cluster. The coffee pavilion at EXPO demonstrates the past, present and future of coffee across three distinct topics: the product and its journey from bean to cup; the creativity, art and culture that develop around coffee; and the stories and traditions of coffee farmers and enthusiasts.
About illy caffè North America, Inc:
Illy caffè North America imports, distributes and markets illy products throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. With global headquarters in Trieste, Italy, illy is a leader in providing super-premium coffee known for its distinctly balanced taste, produced to the industry's highest quality standards. Its full range of roasted coffee (whole bean, ground and single serve), espresso machines, artist-created cups and other accessories can be experienced at leading cafes, hotels, and restaurants, and purchased for the home at higher-end retailers and at www.illyusa.com. Through a global partnership with Coca Cola, illy also offers the illy issimo line of ready to drink coffees available worldwide. Illy pioneered the direct trade model for coffee over 25 years ago and purchases 100 percent (except Ethiopia) of its Arabica coffee directly from growers, who are educated by illy to produce coffee that meets the highest standards for quality and sustainability. Illy is frequently recognized for its industry leadership in sustainability and ethics, its long-held core values.
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