Our

Company

Besides being a significant part of the FNC’s value strategy, Buencafé has been one of the world’s leading suppliers of soluble coffee since 1973. Delivering positive social impact has been an important part of our work for more than 40 years.

Our

Company

Buencafé, an industrial plant of
the NATIONAL COFFEE
FUND.

Besides being a significant part of the FNC’s value strategy, Buencafé has been one of the world’s leading suppliers of soluble coffee since 1973. Delivering positive social impact has been an important part of our work for more than 40 years.

Buencafé policy

At Buencafé Liofilizado de Colombia, we work with optimism to create sustainable value for Colombian coffee growers. We positively impact our relationships with the environment, the coffee growers union, the community and other stakeholders. We meet our customers’ needs through safe, authentic, and high-quality products, protected throughout the supply chain. We are committed to social and environmental responsibility, the continuous improvement of processes, and our workers’ health. We comply with applicable laws and regulations.

Adding Value to your Brand

Adding Value
to your Brand

EXPERTISE

  • Prototyping
  • Product development
  • Packaging innovation
  • Technical support
  • Quality control
  • Environmental management
  • Logistical support

REAL PARTNERSHIP

  • 100% Colombian mild washed arabica
  • Cutting-edge project and product development at origin
  • Colombian coffee heritage – a real story to support your brand

HIGH-QUALITY
END PRODUCTS

  • 100% Colombian mild washed arabica
  • Freeze-drying process
  • High production capacity and flexibility
  • State-of-the-art soluble coffee technology
  • A resolute focus on environmental sustainability

Our
process

Our
process

Watch the video to learn how we transform green coffee into freeze-dried soluble coffee

Watch the video to learn how we transform green coffee into freeze-dried soluble coffee

Get to know Here
the coffee growers
companies that
support us

Get to know Here
the coffee growers
companies that
support us

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Some Awards
and Reviews
Some Awards
and Reviews

The Superior Taste Award is an annual non-competitive prize open to any consumer food or drink product, subject to payment of an entry fee of Euro 750-1650. It is organised since 2005 by the International Taste Institute, who specialised in the sensory evaluation and certification of consumer food & drink products.

Two of Buencafe’s products have received IQTI SUPERIOR TASTE awards

The Superior Taste Award is an annual non-competitive prize open to any consumer food or drink product, subject to payment of an entry fee of Euro 750-1650. It is organised since 2005 by the International Taste Institute, who specialised in the sensory evaluation and certification of consumer food & drink products.

Two of Buencafe’s products have received IQTI SUPERIOR TASTE awards

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Some Awards
and Reviews
Some Awards
and Reviews

The IQTI’s Superior Taste award recognizes our rich Colombian Coffee Flavor

The IQTI’s Superior Taste award recognizes our rich Colombian Coffee Flavor

Slide
Some Awards
and Reviews

A renowned Canadian coffee roaster tasted two of the best Buencafé products. These were their comments:

"We tasted the samples to find excellence in Sublime. A flavor of very intense notes and round
mouth feel, honestly bringing instant coffee to a new level."


Jean Brossard - CEO

Some Awards
and Reviews

A renowned Canadian coffee roaster tasted two of the best Buencafé products. These were their comments:

"We tasted the samples to find excellence in Sublime. A flavor of very intense notes and round
mouth feel, honestly bringing instant coffee to a new level."


Jean Brossard - CEO

Learn about Our History

  • 1815

    1815
    Slide 9
    Soluble coffee changed the way that we drink coffee. As far back as the 19th century, people have sought to preserve the real aroma and flavor of coffee while adapting it for easy consumption. In the 1960s, this was achieved with the invention of freeze-drying. Today, Buencafé offers 100% Colombian freeze-dried coffee – the best soluble coffee on the market.
    1815
    Our History
    1815
    Our History
    Soluble coffee changed the way that we drink coffee. As far back as the 19th century, people have sought to preserve the real aroma and flavor of coffee while adapting it for easy consumption. In the 1960s, this was achieved with the invention of freeze-drying. Today, Buencafé offers 100% Colombian freeze-dried coffee – the best soluble coffee on the market.

  • 1835

    Slide 9
    In Santander, in north-central Colombia, the first coffee crops are planted. The first year of production yields about 60kg of 100% Colombian coffee.
    1835
    First Crops
    1835
    First Crops
    In Santander, in north-central Colombia, the first coffee crops are planted. The first year of production yields about 60kg of 100% Colombian coffee.
  • 1901

    1901
    Slide 9
    Satori Kato, a Japanese-American chemist invents the first soluble coffee, and presents it at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.
    1901
    First Soluble Coffee
    1901
    First Soluble Coffee
    Satori Kato, a Japanese-American chemist invents the first soluble coffee, and presents it at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.
  • 1914

    1914
    Slide 9
    During the First World War, instant coffee is packed in envelopes for US soldiers.
    1914
    Instant Coffee
    1914
    Instant Coffee
    During the First World War, instant coffee is packed in envelopes for US soldiers.
  • 1927

    1927
    Slide 9
    The Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) is created and is responsible for co-ordinating the country’s coffee policy. Through a contract with the Colombian government, the Federation begins regulating the national coffee market.
    1927
    The FNC is born
    1927
    The FNC is born
    The Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) is created and is responsible for co-ordinating the country’s coffee policy. Through a contract with the Colombian government, the Federation begins regulating the national coffee market.
  • 1932

    1932
    Slide 9
    The two most important coffee companies in the world at the time create a large-scale development of the soluble coffee industry.
    1932-1939
    Large Scale
    1932-1939
    Large Scale
    The two most important coffee companies in the world at the time create a large-scale development of the soluble coffee industry.
  • 1939

    1939
    Slide 9
    During the Second World War, instant coffee consumption increases worldwide thanks to a high demand for instant coffee from various armed forces. The market increases from 22 million kilograms a year before the war to more than 560 million kilograms.
    1939-1945
    Conpsumption Growth
    1939-1945
    Consumption growth
    During the Second World War, instant coffee consumption increases worldwide thanks to a high demand for instant coffee from various armed forces. The market increases from 22 million kilograms a year before the war to more than 560 million kilograms.
  • 1960

    1960
    Slide 9
    The freeze-drying method is invented. This sophisticated new technology dramatically improves flavor and aroma of soluble coffee.
    1960
    Freeze dried Coffee is Born
    1960
    Freeze dried coffee is born
    The freeze-drying method is invented. This sophisticated new technology dramatically improves flavor and aroma of soluble coffee.
  • 1973

    1973
    Slide 9
    The Colombian freeze-drying factory (today Buencafé) is established in the municipality of Chinchiná, Caldas.
    1973
    The Freeze-dry factory is established
    1973
    The Freeze-dry factory is established
    The Colombian freeze-drying factory (today Buencafé) is established in the municipality of Chinchiná, Caldas.
  • 1982

    1982
    Slide 9
    Freeze-dried Colombian coffee from the factory (today Buencafé) receives the highest award at the Leipzig Fair in Germany, the most prestigious convention of its kind. At this point, approximately 150,000 pounds of freeze-dried coffee are exported every year.
    1982
    Winning Coffee
    1982
    Winning Coffee
    Freeze-dried Colombian coffee from the factory (today Buencafé) receives the highest award at the Leipzig Fair in Germany, the most prestigious convention of its kind. At this point, approximately 150,000 pounds of freeze-dried coffee are exported every year.
  • 1983

    1983
    Slide 9
    The Colombian freeze-drying factory (today Buencafé) is expanded for the first time, increasing the annual capacity from 1,800 to 4,000 tons.
    1983
    First expansion to 4.000T/Year
    1983
    First expansion to 4.000T/Year
    The Colombian freeze-drying factory (today Buencafé) is expanded for the first time, increasing the annual capacity from 1,800 to 4,000 tons.
  • 1997

    1997
    Slide 9
    Second factory expansion. New markets open up in Europe and Asia. The second factory expansion increases production from 4,000 to 7,500 tons per annum.
    1997
    Second expansion to 7.500 T/Year
    1997
    Second expansion to 7.500 T/Year
    Second factory expansion. New markets open up in Europe and Asia. The second factory expansion increases production from 4,000 to 7,500 tons per annum.
  • 2000

    2000
    Slide 9
    Buendía Coffee is sold for the first time in 225 major supermarkets across the United Kingdom.
    2000
    Buendía Makes it to England
    2000
    Buendía Makes it to England
    Buendía Coffee is sold for the first time in 225 major supermarkets across the United Kingdom.
  • 2001

    2001
    Slide 9
    The freeze-drying factory (today Buencafé) receives the Colombian Quality Award. Buendía coffee arrives in the United States and Mexico. For the first time, the product is commercialized in Colombia.
    2001
    Colombian Quality Award
    2001
    Colombian Quality Award
    The freeze-drying factory (today Buencafé) receives the Colombian Quality Award. Buendía coffee arrives in the United States and Mexico. For the first time, the product is commercialized in Colombia.
  • 2003

    2003
    Slide 9
    The freeze-drying factory (today Buencafé) receives the Ibero-American Quality Award in Bolivia.
    2003
    Ibero-american QualityAward
    2003
    Ibero-american QualityAward
    The freeze-drying factory (today Buencafé) receives the Ibero-American Quality Award in Bolivia.
  • 2008

    2008
    Slide 9
    The third plant expansion increases production capacity from 7,500 to 11,500 t/year, along with a management model focused on customers and value addition. The factory changes its name to Buencafé Liofilizado de Colombia.
    2008
    Third expansion to 11.500 T/Year
    2008
    Third expansion to 11.500 T/Year
    The third plant expansion increases production capacity from 7,500 to 11,500 t/year, along with a management model focused on customers and value addition. The factory changes its name to Buencafé Liofilizado de Colombia.
  • 2009

    2009
    Slide 9
    The TPM culture has made it possible to strengthen participatory work and enhance workers’ creativity, with high-impact results for the company, specially on teamwork and comprehensive analysis of opportunities for improvement.
    2009
    The TPM Culture is born
    2009
    The TPM Culture is born
    The TPM culture has made it possible to strengthen participatory work and enhance workers’ creativity, with high-impact results for the company, specially on teamwork and comprehensive analysis of opportunities for improvement.
  • 2019

    2019
    Slide 9
    Seeking to leave a positive mark on the world, we identified Buencafé’s corporate purpose: To live with optimism as a transformative force to create sustainable value in the world of coffee, becoming the heart of the company’s strategy and its Plan 20/30.

    To meet the growing market demand, increasingly premium product-oriented, Buencafé offers a unique technology, Sensoria by Buencafé, and reaches a production capacity of 13,500 t/year.
    2019
    Higher purpose and capacity increased to 13.500 T/Year
    2019
    Higher purpose and capacity increased to 13.500 T/Year
    Seeking to leave a positive mark on the world, we identified Buencafé’s corporate purpose: To live with optimism as a transformative force to create sustainable value in the world of coffee, becoming the heart of the company’s strategy and its Plan 20/30.

    To meet the growing market demand, increasingly premium product-oriented, Buencafé offers a unique technology, Sensoria by Buencafé, and reaches a production capacity of 13,500 t/year.
  • 1815
  • 1835
  • 1901
  • 1914
  • 1927
  • 1932
  • 1939
  • 1960
  • 1973
  • 1982
  • 1983
  • 1997
  • 2000
  • 2001
  • 2003
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2019

Process certifications

Fairtrade

At Buencafé we produce socially responsible products contributing to the improvement of the quality of life for coffee producers, guaranteeing fair prices, good working conditions and a sustainable environment.

Ministerio de Agricultura y Desarrollo Rural | Alimento ecológico

Buencafé garantiza que el café verde se produce, siguiendo prácticas que protegen el medio ambiente de acuerdo con las reglamentaciones de cada país (europea CE 834/2007 & CE 889/2008, americana NOP, Japonesa JAS, inglesa Soil Association, colombiana resolución 00187 y coreana), lo que significa su carácter orgánico inicial.

Comunicado de nuestra directora

En Buencafé hemos sido conscientes de la sostenibilidad desde nuestro nacimiento, cuando el término apenas empezaba a tomar fuerza en el mundo.

En sus 49 años de historia, la fábrica ha tenido cuatro ampliaciones (1983, 1997, 2008 y 2019), ha actualizado y perfeccionado la tecnología de sus procesos productivos, ha elevado su producción diversificado e innovando el portafolio de productos, ha expandido sus fronteras comerciales y ha alcanzado altos reconocimientos y certificaciones nacionales e internacionales, tanto a nivel de sus productos como de los sistemas de gestión de calidad, inocuidad, gestión ambiental, seguridad y salud en el trabajo, entre otras. Buencafé fue la primera empresa de Colombia en certificarse en la ISO 14001 y hoy cuenta con 25 certificaciones.

La apuesta de Buencafé hoy es consolidar la sostenibilidad en cada iniciativa que proponemos, desde la fórmula de creación de valor sostenible en los tres aspectos esenciales: económico, social y ambiental.

“Vivir el optimismo como una fuerza transformadora para crear valor sostenible en el mundo del café” es el propósito superior que guía el trabajo diario de todos los que conformamos el equipo de Buencafé. Ese es el centro de nuestra cultura, de nuestras decisiones, de nuestra estrategia, de nuestro estilo, de nuestras conversaciones y relaciones, y así queremos inspirar a otros multiplicando nuestro impacto en todo lo que hacemos.

Los invito a conocer nuestra ruta de la sostenibilidad.

BASC

With the BASC certification, we assure our clients and control entities of the confidence and security in our production chain, and in our overseeing and controlling of the production, packaging, and transportation processes of our product against illicit trafficking.

BRC British Retail Consortium

Supported in GFSI systems, recognized internationally, we produce safe, authentic and high-quality food products satisfying the needs of our clients and markets.

IFS

Our risk-based focus allows production of safe and high-quality products offering confidence and recognition for our clients.

GMP

Estamos certificados en buenas prácticas GMP garantizando la integridad del proceso de fabricación de alimentos y su conformidad con los reglamentos de seguridad alimentaria para Buencafé

ISO 22000

Our safety system is based on the analysis of hazards and critical control points (APPCC), always incorporating Good Manufacturing Practices.

ISO 9001

We offer reliable products to our clients, complying with the highest quality standards with which our products are processed by committed, responsible and highly trained personnel.

ISO 14001

We guarantee that our product is processed with ecological conscientiousness, conserving the environment and natural resources.

ISO 45001

At Buencafé we utilize work practices that continually reduce risks, always taking into account the safety of those we work with.

Colombian Coffee

The Colombian Coffee logo with its distinctive triangle is symbolic of the Colombian coffee producer who works hard, produces a quality product, does things right, and brings an authentic product to market.

United States Organic

At Buencafé we are aware of the environment. That’s why we’re aligned with the most rigorous organic agricultural standards which allows us to reach our different international markets, including the United States market.

Halal

We satisfy the needs of Muslim consumers with the continuous and consistent production of Halal products.

European Organic

At Buencafé we are aware of the environment. That’s why we’re aligned with the most rigorous organic agricultural standards which allows us to reach our different international markets, including the European market.

South Korean Organic

At Buencafé we are aware of the environment. That’s why we’re aligned with the most rigorous organic agricultural standards which allows us to reach our different international markets, including the South Korean market.

Colombian Organic

At Buencafé we are aware of the environment. That’s why we’re aligned with the most rigorous organic agricultural standards which allows us to reach our different international markets, including the Colombian market. At Buencafé we utilize green coffee which complies with the productive practices that protect the environment in accordance with Colombian regulations.

Mexican Organic

At Buencafé we are aware of the environment. That’s why we’re aligned with the most rigorous organic agricultural standards which allows us to reach our different international markets, including the Mexican market.

NONGMO

With the NON GMO Project certificate, we offer our clients the guarantee that our products are not genetically modified at any point during processing from seed to market.

Taiwanese Organic

At Buencafé we are aware of the environment. That’s why we’re aligned with the most rigorous organic agricultural standards which allows us to reach our different international markets, including the Taiwanese market.

Colombian Coffee

We utilize the geographic indication as a guaranty of origin guaranteeing the authenticity of the product and complying with the quality standards of Colombian coffee. In 2007, Colombian coffee was recognized by the European Union Commission as a protected geographical product. In 2013 the Swiss government conferred that same protection to Colombian Coffee.

Denomination of origin

We utilize a certificate of origin for 100% Colombian coffee. This seal is used to highlight the quality recognized in Colombian coffee

Kosher

We satisfy the needs of the Jewish community with the continuous and consistent production of Kosher products.

Japanese Organic

At Buencafé we are aware of the environment. That’s why we’re aligned with the most rigorous organic agricultural standards which allows us to reach our different international markets, including the Japanese market.

Rainforest

We support sustainable agriculture via sourcing and the transformation of Rainforest certified coffee.