Taste the Best Coffee in Italy at the New illy Caffè Branch in One of Makati’s Most Active Business Hubs

The premium coffee brand of Italy, illy Caffè has added yet another location at one of Makati’s most active business hubs, Paseo Center. The newest addition to the growing number of the cafe’s branches is further enhanced with an addition of modern and classic Italian dishes and pastries to the menu.

T to R: Douglas Ting, Retail Director of illycaffè Asia Pacific; Joey Esteban, Distributor and Franchisee, illycaffè Philippines; Andrew Nathan, General Manager, illycaffè Asia Pacific; and Paolo Quimson, General Manager, illy Caffè Philippines.
T to R: Douglas Ting, Retail Director of illycaffè Asia Pacific; Joey Esteban, Distributor and Franchisee, illycaffè Philippines; Andrew Nathan, General Manager, illycaffè Asia Pacific; and Paolo Quimson, General Manager, illy Caffè Philippines.

The company, illycaffè, has 85 years of experience as the brand leader in top quality Italian coffee. Founded in 1933 and based in Trieste, Italy, illycaffè produces and markets only one blend of high-quality coffee worldwide.

Aptly named “illy”, it is made of nine kinds of pure Arabica.


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The grand opening festivities of the illy Caffè gave us a glimpse of what the Italian coffee culture is all about. During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the General Manager of illy for Asia-Pacific, Andrew Nathan as well as the Italian Ambassador to the Philippines, Giorgio Guglielmino, were present.

L to R: Master barista trainer Fabrizio Aquè; Andrew Nathan, General Manager, illycaffè Asia Pacific; Giorgio Guglielmino, Italian Ambassador to the Philippines, Joey Esteban, Distributor and Franchisee, illycaffè Philippines; Douglas Ting, Retail Director of illycaffè Asia Pacific.
L to R: Master barista trainer Fabrizio Aquè; Andrew Nathan, General Manager, illycaffè Asia Pacific; Giorgio Guglielmino, Italian Ambassador to the Philippines, Joey Esteban, Distributor and Franchisee, illycaffè Philippines; Douglas Ting, Retail Director of illycaffè Asia Pacific.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was followed by a talk on coffee appreciation as well as a tasting event spearheaded by globally renowned master barista trainer Fabrizio Aquè.

Fabrizio Aque from Italy
Fabrizio Aquè – a master barista from Italy
illy Espresso Cafe
illy Espresso Cafe

Fabrizio is a graduate of illy’s very own Università del Caffè or the University of Coffee. He is also now responsible for training budding baristas in their eight branches across the Asia Pacific. The facility boasts as a center of excellence as it aims to enhance and spread the culture of coffee by offering theoretical as well as practical training on all coffee-related matters to bartenders, cultivators, and enthusiasts.

Andrew Nathan welcoming the guests
Andrew Nathan welcoming the guests
Fabrizio Aque demonstrating how to prepare espresso
Fabrizio Aque demonstrating how to prepare espresso
Coffee Tasting at the New illy Caffè Branch in Paseo Center
Coffee Tasting at the New illy Caffè Branch in Paseo Center

Other than coffee tasting, we were served with a delicious selection of items from illy Caffè’s own Food Collection menu which represents the Italian cooking heritage.

More About illy Caffè

With its rich history, illy is known by coffee connoisseurs around the world as the Treasure of Italian Coffee. It combines unique taste, fragrant aroma, and state-of-the-art technology.

Sugarfree Carrot Cake
Sugarfree Carrot Cake

The remarkable taste and aroma of illy are born from the perfect balance of ingredients which came from Africa, China, Central America, India, and South America. You can saver the same taste and aroma in every cup of coffee you sip in any country across the world.

Cafe Latte from illy
Cafe Latte from illy

With almost 7 million cups of illy coffee enjoyed every day all over the world, illy is sold in more than 140 countries. It is also available in more than 100,000 of the best bars and restaurants worldwide. Visit illy Caffe PH on Facebook for more.

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