GENEVA, Switzerland – Sucafina, the leading sustainable farm-to-roaster coffee company, announces the construction of the first industrial-scale, fully electric coffee roasting line. This groundbreaking initiative, undertaken by Beyers Koffie, a Sucafina subsidiary, in collaboration with CEE, a Belgian cleantech company, marks a significant step towards a more sustainable and environmentally conscious coffee industry.
“I firmly believe that we need to play our part in reshaping the coffee industry for the better,” says Nicolas A. Tamari, CEO of the company Sucafina. “To encourage society as a whole to make more responsible choices, companies must take the lead. Sucafina welcomes this responsibility and will continue to act on it, as we’ve shown through the farmer connect traceability venture and our IMPACT responsible sourcing program. Together, we can create opportunities to improve lives and drive significant change towards making coffee the first net positive commodity.”
Coffee roasting with zero emissions and superior energy efficiency
At the heart of this transformation lies CEE’s innovative technology. This utilizes electricity powered by green energy to eliminate the need for fossil fuels. As a result, it produces zero CO2 emissions from fuel combustion. Moreover, this technology boasts an impressive energy efficiency rate, using approximately 2.5 times less energy than the current industry standard and also outperforming hydrogen alternatives.
“We are on the brink of a clean industry revolution,” remarked Koen Bosmans, CEO of CEE. “Our collective goal is to implement this game-changing technology across the entire coffee sector at an industrial scale. Additionally, we are already applying this technology to many large bulk food categories, from coffee to cocoa, malt, and nut manufacturing. Replacing fossil-fuel-based technology in these sectors is our primary objective, and our technology makes it already achievable.”
A new era of coffee roasting
The new technology not only contributes to environmental sustainability but also enhances coffee quality and safety. The high-precision continuous roasting process gently roasts coffee beans at lower temperatures. This marks a significant departure from traditional roasting methods, paving the way for a new era of coffee roasting.
“At Beyers Koffie, our vision is to be the leading sustainable private-label coffee roaster,” said Cory Bush, CEO of Beyers Koffie. “We want to go further and inspire our entire industry to do more. That’s why we’ve partnered with CEE to scale up this zero-emissions roasting line. They are a partner who not only shares our ambition but also our values.”
A commitment to sustainability
This collaboration between Sucafina, Beyers Koffie, and CEE represents a pivotal moment in the coffee industry, embracing innovative technologies to set a new standard for sustainability. The partnership between global leaders in coffee and a technology expert shows that change is possible and paves the way for a more environmentally conscious future for the planet and people.
Sucafina is the leading sustainable Farm to Roaster coffee company, with a family tradition in commodities that stretches back to 1905. Today, with more than 1,400 employees in 36 countries, we help stakeholders worldwide to find the perfect coffee solutions. We embed technology, innovation and sustainability throughout the supply chain, creating shared value for all by investing in farmers, caring for people and protecting our planet.
About Beyers Koffie
Beyers Koffie uses over 140 years of expertise to roast and pack coffee for third parties and private-label businesses across Europe and the world. Founded in 1880 in Antwerp, Beyers Koffie is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sucafina and has more than 200 employees in 5 different countries. With a vision to be the leading sustainable private-label coffee roaster, Beyers Koffie is dedicated to taking coffee further. For more information, visit www.beyers.eu.
CEE is a cleantech company that guides energy-intensive frontrunners to net zero in their industrial production processes. Our innovative technologies focus on drying, roasting and intelligent electrification. The ultimate goal: to limit global warming by cutting out industrial carbon emissions.
Since 2007, together with more than 140 multinational companies across sectors from food to building materials, we’ve been creating climate-positive industries.
Replacing fossil-fuel technology with CEE’s tech in various sectors (coffee, cacao, malt and nuts) has the potential to prevent the emission of as much as 300 million tons of CO2 between now and 2050.
Sucafina, Beyers Koffie, and CEE pioneer groundbreaking sustainable roasting tech on an industrial scale.