Buencafé, an Environmentally Sustainable Company

In a context as competitive and complex as the present day, companies in Colombia need to be more efficient and demonstrate their commitment to the environment.

Buencafé, the only freeze-dried coffee in Colombia, has taken the leap toward guaranteeing a sustainable environment in the country’s coffee industry.

In 1999 the factory received the International Environmental Management Systems Certification ISO 14001 for the optimization of resources, the reduction of contamination, and the promotion of environmental best practices. Additionally, the coffee it produces holds specialty seals.

In its 48 years of operation, Buencafé has achieved important results in environmental management, highlighting its good waste management and use of cleaner energy sources, promoting the transition from crude oil to natural gas, thereby reducing the emission of greenhouse gasses.

The coffee industry daily consumes between 60,000 and 80,000 cubic meters (m3) of natural gas. In 2019, the consumption of natural gas reached 24.2 million m3, a figure that was reduced to 23.2 million m3 in 2020. This decrease complied with the implementation of a re-utilization model that from 26 years ago has used sediment (the waste resulting from the processing of coffee) and the husk (parchment that covers the coffee bean) as fuel for the generation of vapor in furnaces.

José Luis Ocampo, Buencafé Process Engineer, indicated that: “Biomass (sediment and husks) is ideal for the generation of vapor. From 2019 to 2020 we went from 16% to 20%. This signified a savings of $2.8 million, diminished greenhouse gases and avoided transportation to healthy landfills. Additionally, decreased ash (0.2% – 0.4%), compared to that emitted by carbon (10%) and the energetic equilibrium complements that of natural gas the use.”

Changes that Make All the Difference

Since 1990, Buencafé has used ammonia as a refrigerant, replacing freon gas which was retired because of its harmful effect on the ozone layer. From that same decade, the factory relied on special wastewater treatment (years before it was a requirement). The installation of LED lights, the collection of rainwater to be reutilized in the industrial process, and the use of solar panels to illuminate the administration area, are also changes which made a difference.

José Luis Ocampo insists on continuity and business growth. In the first semester of 2020 he reported historic sales of $78.4 million USD. This is also the success of his allies, among which stands out Efigas, which always backed him up. “During the pandemic, the factory didn’t stop. It stayed active. It performed very well in sales and production. With Efigas there were not setbacks. They were attentive to any need we had. They provided the commercial support, logistics for billing, and technical assistance visits,” emphasized Ocampo.

The Company is committed to its processes and now plans on a transformation to digital, characterized by an agile, and above all, sustainable culture, goals that are close to being achieved thanks to the Buencafé Energy Management Committee, formed in 2008.

Buencafé recognizes the importance of implementing measures that contribute to the care of the environment. Our history positions us as leaders in the care of our natural habitat. Our love for coffee pushes us to advance respecting our earth.

Article based on notes made for lapatria.com https://www.lapatria.com/actualidad/buencafe-se-ha-hecho-mas-sostenible-de-la-mano-de-la-energia-limpia-473068

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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.