Sapori hosting a visit from the Illy family.

Sapori hosting a visit from the Illy family.

illy named among the World's Most Ethical Companies

By partnering with illy coffee and Sapori Fine Flavors, you can assure that your organization is investing in communities in a big way locally and around the world. Also, you are guaranteed that you will get the highest quality Arabica beans possible, resulting in the best cup of coffee available.

Ethisphere® Institute, a leading international think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability, has just announced their list of the 2013 World's Most Ethical Companies. This list represents companies that go above and beyond what it takes to honor and promote ethical business practices, social responsibility and sustainability.

We are extremely pleased to share that illy has been honored with this title. It is exciting to see illy recognized for its long commitment to high standards of corporate social responsibility and sustainability!

Illy - World's Most Ethical Companies 2013-2019

Illy has been named on of the World's Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute for SEVEN years in a row. A company at heart is the sum total of the beliefs, behaviors and talents of the people who comprise it, and we have long known that illy has the best of the best. Now so many others will know.

Please join us in spreading the word about your chosen coffee company and its commitment to our world. We are so pleased to share the news with you and would love for you to publicize this exciting information as well. Please contact us to ask about our promotional material.

illy and the Responsible Supply Chain

Created by the family who perfected the espresso process, illy has been roasted in Trieste, Italy since 1933. Known throughout Italy as the world’s best espresso, Sapori Fine Flavors is pleased to bring illy’s distinctive taste, perfect flavor and aroma, and consistent quality to the Pacific Northwest. Since 1996 Sapori Fine Flavors has been the local independent distributor for illy coffee and has offered superior coffee and service to the Portland area cafes, restaurants, and hotels. We are a family-owned and operated company, employing Portland area residents with jobs ranging from sales, service, technical, and delivery with a focus on impacting the community around us.

Sapori Fine Flavors is proud to be partnered with such an earth-conscience and humanitarian company as illy. In the international market, illy is focused on sustainability and pays a premium price by buying direct from the farmers instead of from the commodity market. This allows them to direct the coffee quality and to give farmers an incentive to earn a higher price per pound by offering the best quality beans possible. At a time of record low prices in the coffee segment, the illy company pays its farmers up to 125% above standard.

The certifications illy has received reflect their commitment, from the Qualite France and EMAS to ISO 9001 and 14001. Other benchmarks include a guarantee of no chemical pesticide residues and no mycotoxins in the coffee they purchase.

In March 2011, illy caffe became the world's first company to receive the Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Responsible Supply Chain Process certification, attesting to the company’s long-running sustainable approach to production and its relations with stakeholders throughout the production chain, particularly with green coffee suppliers.

The illy caffe model is innovative in assigning critical roles to quality and value creation. The certification was officially conferred at illycaffe's twentieth annual meeting in Brazil, recognizing suppliers for coffee production meeting the company’s industry-leading quality standards.

Sapori's Green Partnerships

By partnering with family-owned companies like illy, two leaves and a bud tea, PreGel America, Dammann tea, Omanhene chocolate and Sattwa Chai who are committed to the highest quality available, we offer you premium products that are socially responsible, organic and earth conscious.

Sapori Fine Flavors is a family-owned and operated company, employing Portland area residents with jobs ranging from sales, service, technical, and delivery with a focus on impacting the community around us.

“As the producer of the world’s premier coffee, illy has created a sustainable global system from bean to cup. We’re committed to bringing you the highest quality coffee, while at the same time guaranteeing profits for growers, well-paid laborers and respect for the environment.”

— Andrea Illy, CEO