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Illy vs Amici Collection
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"illy collection" vs. "Amici collection" or why Illycafé is not Illycaffè .

In 1933 Illy was founded by Francesco Illycaffè in Italy, but in 1939 another illycafe was founded in Switserland too!  On March 22nd Carlo Seitz from Basel founded in 1939 together with Francesco Illy and Roberto Brandt House of Trieste , the Swiss company Illy Café. (Please note the difference between illycaffè and Illycafé!).The beginning was hard and the Second World War had to be interrupted production. From 1950 coffee production came back on track.

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The connection with the Italian Illycaffè were dissolved in 1967,when Ernesto Illy sold the shares in the company. Since 1969, the family Seitz has the sole owner of Illy Café and their rights to the brand Illy in Switzerland. So today, when you are drinking illy coffee in Switzerland, remember that it’s not the same illy coffee ... of course.

Francesco Illy Jr. moved to Switzerland and became a Swiss citizen. He wishes to sell illycaffè there, but as there was already Illycafé he couldn't use the name illy. So from 1989 on, he sold coffee (and later cups) under the name Amici.

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As result, all illy coffee and, of course, illy cups sold in Switzerland with Amici logo. Bar sets have inscription inside “amici espresso” (vs.  illy espresso) and collection cups are sold as “amici collection” (vs. “illy collection”).

Due to small market, the Amici sets are limited to quantities of 2500 to 3000 pieces. The cups do not come in gift boxes like illy, but in a standard amici package with just a little colored sticker, mentioning the name and artist.

Many illy collection cups were first made as amici cups and later sold in the illy version. So you can find amici sets released as illy sets too. Of course you can find oposite cases as well. Today, almost any cup released by “illy Art Collection” has twin in “Amici Collection”.

amici cups

The most fascinating Amici sets are made for Amici collection only:

  • 1995 – Trazzinne Beige color.
  • 1996 - Native American Art by Eric Mac Pherson.
  • 1997, 1998 – “Swiss kids”. 2 sets were released, presenting work by children living in Switzerland. At the same time illy released collection “Los Niños”, by presenting work of kids around the world.
  • 1997 – Amici released 2 Fossile cups: one cup is similar to  illy cup with the snail, but there is also a cup in amici set with a sea-urchin.
  • 1998 - Protrahere by Heinz Gadient .
  • 1998 - Perforniture by Vittoria Corsini (in diffferent espresso and cappuccino size cups).

From collection’s standpoint, I believe “Amici only” cups are “must have” in your collection. Some of the collectors are claiming that is better to have Amici version of the cup vs. illy version, since number of Amici copies is significantly low. Personally, I don’t have strong opinion on this question. What do you think?

Another interesting fact is that Amici also has own collection of cups called MOU. Some of the cups are designed by the same artists as in illy Art Collection and I like many of them!!!  I added some of the examples of the MOU cups from Amici site.

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Espresso cups MOU "Capricorn" by Charles Kreger

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Espresso cup MOU Anderson in Green Blue

09amoreespineEspresso cup MOUAmore & Spine 09, the first MOU by Luca Trazzi - cup / plate matt black inner cup black gloss

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Espresso cup MOU Mucho Macho, the first MOU by Luca Trazzi - cup white - white plate

This mug is made ​​of " porcellana camera manufactured "(hollow porcelain). Between the inner layer of porcelain - in the flow of espresso - and the outer layer - we hold in the hand - is air.The thermal conductivity is reduced to zero, because no better insulated than air. In other words, your espresso is from the beginning at the right temperature and also cool down much slower.

 

 

 

The information for this article is provided from following sources:

 

  • illy & amici collection site
  • Wikipedia
  • Amici.com

 

 

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