In 1933, when Francesco Illy founded illycaffe in Trieste, Italy, his dream was to produce and sell the best coffee in the world. After careful deliberation, he chose the Arabica bean, prized for its pronounced aroma, its mild, well-rounded flavor, and its low caffeine content. However, producing a superior coffee was inconsequential if he couldn't find a way to preserve the freshness. With great persistence, Illy soon found a solution: containers in which nitrogen is substituted for air, making it possible to keep roasted coffee fresh for up to 2 years! His pressurization method for preserving coffee made history and is still an integral part of the illy packaging today. Inside this 8.8-oz. pressurized container are illy's specially selected Arabica beans that have been freshly roasted and ground to a luxurious texture that's ideal for automatic drip coffee makers.