illycaffè unveils the finalists of the Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award 2023

illycaffè unveils the finalists of the Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award 2023

July 27 - 2023

Coffee Geography Magazine

illycaffè disclosed the 27 finalists who will be part of the eighth edition of the Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award, the prize named in memory of Ernesto Illy, son of the company's founder, that celebrates over three decades of virtuous collaboration with coffee producers. Among them, the 'Best of the Best' and the 'Coffee Lovers' Choice' will be chosen and will be awarded on November 16th in New York during a ceremony at the New York Public Library. During the year, the illycaffè quality laboratories analyzed the samples from the 2022/2023 harvest and selected the best lots and producers, based on both the company's quality and sustainability parameters.

The finalists of this edition are from Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Nicaragua and Rwanda.

Andrea Illy, Chairman of illycaffè

Andrea Illy, Chairman of illycaffè

“Our mission is to delight lovers of goodness and beauty all over the world with the best coffee that nature can provide, enhanced with the best technologies and art – comments Andrea Illy, Chairman of illycaffè – the Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award allows us to stimulate the production of increasingly good and sustainable coffee”. 

The 27 finalists of the Ernesto Illy International Award 2023, in alphabetical order, are:


Luis Manuel Ramos Fachada M. da Silva 

Raimundo Dimas Santana Filho 

São Mateus Agropecuária 


Costa Rica 

CoopeelDos R.L. 

CoopeSabalito R.L. 

Finca San Carlos 


El Salvador 

Finca Agua Caliente 

Finca Monterrey 

Finca San Rafael


Legesse Sherefa P.L.C. 

Dawit Zerihun Kasahun Washing Station 

Legesse Sherefa P.L.C. - Germa Adere Debele Washing Station 

Tracon Trading P.L.C. - Guji Hambela Washing Station 


Finca Buena Vista 

Finca Danilandia 

Pequeños Productores Santa Cruz Naranjo


Finca Los Chagüites 

Finca Mi Cafetal 

Finca Santa Martha 


Kogilehalla Estate 

Nullore Estate 

Woddaegooda Estate 


Finca San Antonio 

Finca Zaragoza/Exportadora Atlantic 

Proyecto LIFT Wiwilí 


Kayumbu Coffee Washing Station 

Mubuga Coffee Washing Station 

Nyakabingo Coffee Washing Station

The ranking of each of the 9 finalist countries will be announced on November 16th at the United Nations in New York during an encounter where the coffee producers will know who has won access to the finale of the Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award 2023. The 9 finalist coffee samples will be evaluated by an independent multidisciplinary jury of international experts (chefs, journalists, tasters, and professionals), who will analyze them and establish who will be awarded the title of 'Best of the Best'. 

Consumers will also be invited to taste the 9 finalist coffees and to express their preference through a series of blind tastings organized in illy’s flagship stores around the world in the weeks leading up to the award. The coffee most voted by consumers will win the “Coffee Lovers' Choice” award.