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RARE GOURMET ESPRESSO BLEND NOW AVAILABLE NATIONALLY

 NEW YORK, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The cooler weather coming in and the rising popularity of specialty coffees signals a major increase in espresso consumption by year's end. Growing demand for specialty coffee is evidenced by steady sales growth, totaling $900 million in 1992, and the opening of many new espresso bars and cafes, according to a gourmet espresso manufacturer.
 Now everyone can enjoy, in their own homes, the gourmet espresso previously only available to a select group of elite chefs, Illycaffe, a rare Italian blend and the espresso served at such restaurants as Los Angeles' Spago and New York's Lutece, is available for the first time on a nationwide scale.
 The current fall issue of the Williams-Sonoma catalog, distributed nationally, offers 8.8 oz. cans of Illycaffe espresso in regular or decaf varieties via an 800 number: 800-541-2233.
 In addition, Illycaffe espresso is available at local retailers scattered throughout the country. Consumers may call 800 USA-ILLY for nearest locations.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Dr. Ernesto Illy, internationally recognized as the world's leading coffee authority is available for interviews. He can discuss the latest trends, the romance of coffee, and how Americans are becoming more European in their coffee preferences. Photos available./
 /CONTACT: Rosanna Malone or Matt Losordo of Rogers & Cowan, 212-779-3500/


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