Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Even The Strongest Brew Won't Wake Ernesto Illy

Ernesto Illy (the one on the right) will never again experience the best part of waking up, and that is a shame because Illy, dead today at the age of 82, pioneered the science of making coffee. Illy was an Italian chemist who, in 1963, took charge of Illycaffe and was a self proclaimed coffee perfectionist:

Illy constructed a lab in Trieste that analyzed the beans from every batch the company bought with gas chromatographs, infrared emission pyrometers and other sophisticated equipment... He was fond of saying, "fine espresso paints the tongue."
Family members declined to name a cause of death. We certainly hope it was not related to after-effects of a certain hidden camera commercial.

No comments: