At the latest installment of a conversation series called “The World in Your Cup,” Andrea Illy, the third-generation president and CEO of Italian coffee company illycaffè, presented the audience with a question that reflected organizer Erika Koss’s remarks connecting poetry, beauty, and coffee: “What is the link between a poem and coffee? What is the link between beauty and coffee, for that matter?”
“Coffee is the official beverage of culture,” – Andrea Illy
Perhaps it wouldn’t seem like there is a connection between artistic expression and our daily cup of joe, but both Koss, assistant dean in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, and Illy argued otherwise.
“Coffee is the official beverage of culture,” Illy said. “If it’s really good coffee, it can trigger an inspiration, and if you’re inspired you become very creative. Coffee is the official beverage of Italy, of the Scientific Revolution, of culture. It is the beverage of the modern age.”