Illy is synonymous with espresso. They have been around for about as long as there has been automatic epsresso machines too – over eighty years or so. They have been behind some of the great coffee inventions over the centuries too, licluding that coffee pod system I love so much. But this is the first time they put their delicious coffee in a can that I could find at my local Walgreens.
Illy has always made some damn fine tasting coffee too. They use very special Brazilian coffee that they are very proud of. Illy came into Brazil in the early 90s and really cleaned up the place. This is why I was particularly excited by the idea of an Illy coffee drink – because this should be so much more than your usual coffee flavored milk drinks that usually litter the convenience store counter.
And it is.
Everything in here is different and more special than the other coffee RTD drinks. The can is smaller and tidier, This cute little 6.8 ounce can is simple and clean, but still is double faced and even has the caffeine content – something almost unheard of for coffee drinks like this. The instructions to NOT shake the can seem fairly evident, and is all around a decent entry.
The flavor is above other canned coffee drinks too. You won’t forget you are drinking something special when you have this, as the flavor hits you right in the mouth, and will not let you forget this is a REAL coffee drink. Like the first time you get hold of an espresso, it is hard to go back to regular coffee, it is hard to give up this taste once you have a sip. They even have baking soda in here as a preservative – something usually seen as a death knell for coffee drinks. Instead, Issimo Cafe is bold – and very strong. In no time your mouth is engulfed in cool delicious espresso – a powerful coffee with dark rich notes. I was a little surprised there wasn’t coffee oils on the top of the drink.
There is power aplenty in here. The strong espresso has 155mg of caffeine, about as much as a double shot. The difference is that this is delicious cold coffee, and nearly impossible not to chug. This instant coffee jolt will get you racing for at least a good few hours. I have tried to sip this drink slowly to no avail – the hit near instantaneous and will get you buzzing.
The basic ingredients are just coffee and sugar – with a little milk. Thats about it – except for sodium bicarbonate – which I never would have known was in here if I did not read it. There is very few other ingredients in here – which is really the way it should be anyways.