Single-Serve Coffee Pioneer, illy, Introduces Two New Machines for Compostable Paper Pod Format

/PRNewswire/ – NEW YORK, March 29, 2022 — illycaffè, a global leader in sustainable, premium coffee, announced today that the brand’s easy machine and X1 Anniversary E.S.E. & Ground espresso machine are now available for purchase in the United States on and select retailers. This new coffee machine introduces new ways for coffee lovers to enjoy perfectly prepared espresso via industrially compostable E.S.E. (Easy Serving Espresso) pods, the single-serve format with the ideal dose of coffee sandwiched between two layers of paper filters that illy pioneered in the 1970s and recently optimised, furthering illy’s long-standing commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2033.

Each E.S.E. pod contains the ideal amount of the illy blend, perfectly tamped and made entirely of Arabica coffee beans enclosed in filter paper specially designed to preserve the illy blend’s extraordinary aromas. illy has committed to reducing its reliance on plastic in product manufacturing and shipping by 175 tonnes per year as part of its ongoing #ONEMAKESTHEDIFFICULTY initiative. illy’s commitment to environmental protection and global communities has resulted in the company becoming the first and only Italian coffee company to receive B-Corp certification in April 2021.

The new X1 Anniversary E.S.E. & Ground coffee machine combines the iconic illy machine design with the versatility of two distinct brewing options in one stunning machine ideal for coffee and design connoisseurs. The machine is capable of producing café-quality espresso using either traditional ground coffee or E.S.E. pods. The eco mode fast-heating technology of the machine enables near-instant brewing for energy savings and convenience, the latter of which is aided by a standby mode that activates immediately following each brewing process. As visually appealing as it is functional, the Luca Trazzi-designed machine features a stainless-steel body, backlit water tank, ergonomic handle, and vintage 1935 illy logo prominently displayed behind the temperature gauge.

Additionally, the new illy easy (ESE) espresso machine offers an elevated experience in a sleek, compact design, with maximum simplicity and simple, intuitive operation for preparing a traditional single or lungo espresso shot. Coffee enthusiasts can also adjust the temperature and volume settings on the machine. The machine’s compact size makes it ideal for any kitchen or home office, and its environmentally conscious features, such as automatic power-down and compatibility with E.S.E. compostable pods, help coffee lovers reduce their environmental impact.

“These innovative products reflect our commitment to elevating the at-home coffee experience through a range of high-quality products that meet each individual’s needs and desires in a machine,” said Jack Edwards, President of illycaffè North America.

“By continuing to introduce eco-friendly machines and single serve pods, we are able to fulfil our mission of providing the best coffee experience to our customers while also contributing to the health of our planet.”

The X1 Anniversary E.S.E. & Ground machine is priced at $949 in the classic illy red and black finish and $999 in elevated stainless silver. The illy easy (ESE) machine is $249 in red or black. Customers can also purchase E.S.E Classico Roast pods for single espresso, lungo espresso, and decaf. For signal espresso, an intenso roast is available. E.S.E. pods are priced at $13.99 ($14.99 decaf) for an 18-count at and select retailers such as Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, Williams Sonoma, and Sur la Table. Additionally, illy coffee lovers can enrol in illy’s customizable coffee subscription service to receive automated deliveries. For additional information, please visit

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