Beginning next month, world-renowned coffee maker, illy, will be available in United Club locations at our mainland U.S hubs. The company's delicious signature scuro dark roast and its espresso will be poured in other lounge locations in 2016, with the scuro dark roast coming on board flights worldwide next summer.

Wine Spectator magazine recently praised the coffee, saying it “has become a gold standard in high-end restaurants and five-star hotels around the world."

Based in Trieste, Italy, with more than 80 years of history in the coffee industry, illy's distinct flavor comes from a unique blend of the top one percent of Arabica beans, purchased directly from the best growers in Brazil, Central America, India and Africa.

Noted for its strong commitment to sustainability, illy's internationally certified supply chain includes farmers who earn above-market prices in exchange for meeting quality standards enabling the company to offer world-class blends.

“Our collaboration with illy is helping to make the world feel a bit smaller and making flying that much more special, simply by way of a perfect cup of coffee," said Jimmy Samartzis, United's vice president of food services and United Clubs. “By serving the world's most well-known premium coffee in our clubs and onboard, we hope to energize our customers and our employees with the quality and care that comes with every cup."

Partnering with illy reflects our ongoing commitment to listening to customer feedback and creating an elevated, distinctive premium experience. Look forward to enjoying a cup of illy coffee in your upcoming travels with us.