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

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

Learn more about how Buencafé turns raw material into freeze-dried soluble coffee by watching this video.

AWARDS
AND TESTIMONIALS

MANAGEMENT
SYSTEMS

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LEARN ABOUT
OUR HISTORY

  1. Our history
    19th Century
    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.

  2. First crops 1835
    19th Century
    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.

  3. First soluble coffee 1901
    20th Century
    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.

  4. Instant coffee 1914
    20th Century
    1914

    Instant

    coffee

    During the First World War, instant coffee is packed in envelopes for US soldiers.

  5. The FNC is born 1927
    20th Century
    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.

  6. 1932 -1939 Large-scale
    20th Century
    1932

    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.

  7. 1939 -1945 Consumption growth
    20th Century
    1939

    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.

  8. Freeze dried coffee is born 1960
    20th Century
    1960

    Freeze dried coffe

    is born

    The freeze-drying method is invented. This sophisticated new technology dramatically improves flavor and aroma of soluble coffee.

  9. The Freeze-dry factory is established 1973
    20th Century
    1973

    The Freeze-dry factory

    is established

    The Colombian freeze-drying factory (today Buencafé) is established in the municipality of Chinchiná, Caldas.

  10. Winner Coffe 1982
    20th Century
    1982

    Winner

    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.

  11. First expansion 1983
    20th Century
    1983

    First

    expansion to 4,000 t/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.

  12. Second expansion 1997
    20th Century
    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.

  13. Buendía makes it to England 2000
    21st Century
    2000

    Buendía makes

    it to England

    Buendía Coffee is sold for the first time in 225 major supermarkets across the United Kingdom.

  14. Colombian Quality Award 2001
    21st Century
    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.

  15. Ibero-American Quality Award 2003
    21st Century
    2003

    Ibero-American

    Quality Award

    The freeze-drying factory (today Buencafé) receives the Ibero-American Quality Award in Bolivia.

  16. Third expansion 2008
    21st Century
    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.

  17. THE TPM CULTURE IS BORN 2009
    Siglo XXI
    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.

  18. CORPORATE PURPOSE 2019
    Siglo XXI
    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.

  19. CULTURAL TRANSFORMATION 2021
    21st Century
    2021

    TRANSFORMATION

    TO BEING AGILE

    Buencafé is recognized as a world-class company that continues offering the best coffee to its customers and provides a reliable income source to Colombian coffee growers. The company enters the era of digital transformation and agile culture in the face of global challenges and the pandemic situation.

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