Aroma of the world

A journey in the world and universe of coffee

A volume of art, fast-paced, cultured writing stemming from profound literary and scientific expertise. A book for browsing and meditating. Like coffee.

With encyclopedic elegance, Elisabetta Illy accompanies her readers on a voyage around the coffee cup, a sort of passionate expedition in the world of unlimited nature, ancient cultures and school reunions. Coffee, that small bean with a great story behind and ahead of it.

With enticing recipes by Gianfranco Vissani, and a valuable preface by Santo Versace, the volume meets the taste of amateurs and the curious and anyone who serves all the flavors of the world at their dining table.

Published by Hoepli, with contributions by Andrea Illy and in collaboration with the Università del Caffè.


Elisabetta Lattanzio Illy was born in Trieste in 1966. She graduated in International Economy at the University of Trieste in 1990. In 1991 she married Andrea Illy, the current President and CEO of illycaffè SpA. They have three children. She has been working as a journalist since 1999, writing regularly for BMM (a quarterly magazine on culture and lifestyle), Monsieur, Spirito Divino and I viaggi del Sole (a monthly supplement of Il Sole 24 Ore).