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Italian Brand Illy Coffee Is Everywhere Lately

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Illy coffee is no longer just served within the confines of hotels in Washington. This Italian coffee, huge in Europe and identified from afar by its red-and-white lowercase logo, has been expanding in the nation's capital for the past couple of years. Many cafes and restaurants all over this cosmopolitan city are now serving the coffee.

Illy rep Jan Anderson attributes the expansion to D.C.'s multicultural and travel-centric customer base. "In this specifically international setting, Illy is particularly loved by both the ultra-sophisticated local audience and business travelers who are delighted to find their favorite coffee that they enjoy at home, even when their home is on the other side of the world," she told Eater.

A cup of the brew can be pricier than other brands. But, when asked by Eater why they chose Illy, many owners and managers tended to gush over the quality and taste of the coffee. Below are some of the venues where coffee lovers can get their Illy fix. Have a favorite spot for your Illy fix? Share it in the comments section.
—Kat Lucero

[Photo: Illy Cafe Foggy Bottom]

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Lot 38 Espresso Bar

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When owner Young Park decided to open this Southeast waterfront coffee shop, he wasn’t quite sure which coffee to serve. Then he tasted Illy and immediately found a winner. He tells Eater that he loved the coffee so much that he made his staff go under the two-week Artisti del Gusto program to become Illy-certified baristas.

Patisserie Poupon

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Sixteen years ago, this Georgetown bakery first served Illy coffee. Then, it went for another brand. Four years ago, it brought Illy back to the menu because of the “recognition and quality,” said manager Martin Cotignola. “With the best pastry, we wanted the best coffee.”

Frosting - A Cupcakery

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Frosting’s website boasts of finding “true love” in Illy. Co-owner Todd Braken continues to laud the Italian coffee maker for its quality. After tasting a cappuccino at the popular Illy cafe inside the Renaissance Hotel, he said, “It was some kind of wow.” Braken also says Illy is a good partner. As an Artisti del Gusto cafe, the cafe also gets an illy-specific espresso maker, a rare offering in comparison to other surrounding cafes.

Georgetown Cupcake

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From Georgetown to Manhattan, this cupcake powerhouse serves Illy coffee in all locations. In a statement to Eater, owners Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne say that they "personally love Illy coffee and find it to be a wonderful complement to our cupcakes."

Sweet Diablo

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The Italian connection, says co-owner Nuno Freire of the Dupont Circle cafe, got him first hooked on Illy. This native of Portugal also speaks Italian so he instantly hit it off with the Illy reps when they courted him. “They were so nice,” he says. But the most important element, he continues, was the coffee: it was, by far, superior to the other European varietals, such as Lavazza and Nespresso, he and his co-owners vetted to be their shop's coffee.

Azi's Cafe

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When owner Minya Zeru took over Azi Cafe a few years ago, she made sure to keep Illy as the cafe's coffee purveyor. When asked why she decided to stay with it, Zeru perks up, saying she has personally loved it for years. It's a brand she knows growing up in East Africa.

Illy Caffè

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The Renaissance was one of Illy's first D.C. area partners. Their New Hampshire Ave. hotel has an Illy Cafe adjacent to the property, which can be accessed directly by customers from the sidewalk. The company's Crystal City hotel also features an Illy cafe.

Batter Bowl Bakery

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This new addition to the H Street corridor, from the owners behind nearby Ethiopic restaurant, serves Illy coffee along with its pastries.

Those who want to enjoy Illy coffee in a more formal setting can head to Penn Quarter's Fiola Restaurant, which serves the coffe. "Love our Illy!" says co-owner Maria Trabocchi.

Pastry Xpo

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Falls Church cupcakery Pastry Xpo, adjacent to the Mosaic District development in Merrifield, is a partner with Illy.

Point Chaud

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Point Chaud, which has two locations on 14th Street NW, serves Illy coffee along with its crepes.

Buzz Bakery

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The original location of Neighborhood Restaurant Group's Buzz Bakery serves Illy coffee; its sister restaurant in Ballston, though, offers MadCap.

Lot 38 Espresso Bar

When owner Young Park decided to open this Southeast waterfront coffee shop, he wasn’t quite sure which coffee to serve. Then he tasted Illy and immediately found a winner. He tells Eater that he loved the coffee so much that he made his staff go under the two-week Artisti del Gusto program to become Illy-certified baristas.

Patisserie Poupon

Sixteen years ago, this Georgetown bakery first served Illy coffee. Then, it went for another brand. Four years ago, it brought Illy back to the menu because of the “recognition and quality,” said manager Martin Cotignola. “With the best pastry, we wanted the best coffee.”

Frosting - A Cupcakery

Frosting’s website boasts of finding “true love” in Illy. Co-owner Todd Braken continues to laud the Italian coffee maker for its quality. After tasting a cappuccino at the popular Illy cafe inside the Renaissance Hotel, he said, “It was some kind of wow.” Braken also says Illy is a good partner. As an Artisti del Gusto cafe, the cafe also gets an illy-specific espresso maker, a rare offering in comparison to other surrounding cafes.

Georgetown Cupcake

From Georgetown to Manhattan, this cupcake powerhouse serves Illy coffee in all locations. In a statement to Eater, owners Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne say that they "personally love Illy coffee and find it to be a wonderful complement to our cupcakes."

Sweet Diablo

The Italian connection, says co-owner Nuno Freire of the Dupont Circle cafe, got him first hooked on Illy. This native of Portugal also speaks Italian so he instantly hit it off with the Illy reps when they courted him. “They were so nice,” he says. But the most important element, he continues, was the coffee: it was, by far, superior to the other European varietals, such as Lavazza and Nespresso, he and his co-owners vetted to be their shop's coffee.

Azi's Cafe

When owner Minya Zeru took over Azi Cafe a few years ago, she made sure to keep Illy as the cafe's coffee purveyor. When asked why she decided to stay with it, Zeru perks up, saying she has personally loved it for years. It's a brand she knows growing up in East Africa.

Illy Caffè

The Renaissance was one of Illy's first D.C. area partners. Their New Hampshire Ave. hotel has an Illy Cafe adjacent to the property, which can be accessed directly by customers from the sidewalk. The company's Crystal City hotel also features an Illy cafe.

Batter Bowl Bakery

This new addition to the H Street corridor, from the owners behind nearby Ethiopic restaurant, serves Illy coffee along with its pastries.

Fiola

Those who want to enjoy Illy coffee in a more formal setting can head to Penn Quarter's Fiola Restaurant, which serves the coffe. "Love our Illy!" says co-owner Maria Trabocchi.

Pastry Xpo

Falls Church cupcakery Pastry Xpo, adjacent to the Mosaic District development in Merrifield, is a partner with Illy.

Point Chaud

Point Chaud, which has two locations on 14th Street NW, serves Illy coffee along with its crepes.

Buzz Bakery

The original location of Neighborhood Restaurant Group's Buzz Bakery serves Illy coffee; its sister restaurant in Ballston, though, offers MadCap.

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