THE GROWTH OF SENSORIA BY BUENCAFÉ IN THE PREMIUM SOLUBLE COFFEE MARKET

As demand for quality soluble coffee continues to increase, SENSORIA by Buencafé changes your experience of enjoying coffee at home or on the go. Constant innovation in our processes has allowed us to expand and further customize our product portfolio at a time when home coffee consumption is on the rise.

Engineer Andrés Cruz, Research & Development Director at Buencafé, shares some recent updates and guides us through the innovative technologies that make Buencafé a world reference in freeze-dried soluble coffee production.

Leading the Way in the Premium Soluble Coffee Sector

Since 1973, we have been expanding our portfolio of coffee products, all of which are 100% grown, roasted, and freeze-dried in Colombia.

We currently offer: high-quality freeze-dried soluble coffee, versions with micro-ground coffee, concentrate coffee extract, and more, alongside a fully customizable private-label service. Around 90% of our total production is exported annually for consumers to enjoy in more than 60 countries around the world.

SENSORIA by Buencafé was launched in 2019 as a set of technologies and processes that allowed us to expand our product portfolio and enhance the quality of each offering. Our first customers in the European, North American and Asian markets have given very positive reviews to the products as the first sales progress.

SENSORIA by Buencafé

SENSORIA by Buencafé is more than just new equipment. It is a cutting-edge, state-of-the-art innovative suite of technologies and processes in the premium soluble coffee market. It allows us to unlock and preserve all of the complex flavors and aromas of freshly roasted coffee.

By using these techniques, we seek to preserve the coffee’s attributes throughout all stages of the process and deliver them, intact, to the end consumer. This means adhering to rigorous quality standards from farm to cup, using 100% Colombian arabica coffees, and leveraging our cutting-edge technology and expertise in coffee processing.

Once we receive hand-picked green coffee beans from Colombian producers, our equipment carefully roasts them. This process unlocks the delicate, volatile compounds that are responsible for the aroma and taste of coffee. Thanks to SENSORIA by Buencafé, we are able to capture and return those compounds at the right time, avoiding losing them and maintaining distinct and complex flavor profiles intact.

Our freeze-drying process then locks in these flavors. Andrés Cruz, Research & Development Director at Buencafé, explains that the development results in an instant coffee or coffee concentrate with cupping profiles that resemble freshly brewed roasted coffee. To guarantee excellence, our Quality Control Team continually monitors, cups, and evaluates our range of freeze-dried coffees.

By using the SENSORIA by Buencafé technologies in tandem with our conventional soluble coffee techniques, we have reached a new level of flexibility with our products. “We now have the ability to create lots of combinations, pursuing even more personalization than before. This has given us a much more dynamic and focused range of flavor profiles,” Cruz explains.

Premium Soluble Coffee Trends in 2020

Despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the global coffee supply chain, in 2020 we experienced excellent growth of 10% compared to 2019. This is largely thanks to the fact that in our factory, we undertook safety measures immediately, and never ceased our operations; not even for a day.

Furthermore, we quickly recognized that coffee consumption never really decreased during the pandemic – it just changed. We adapted to satisfy a new, emerging demand for home coffee consumption.

Over the last year, we saw particular spikes in products targeting private labels for retailers; likewise, our sales of concentrated coffee extract also increased. Cruz holds that this is because consumers are increasingly seeking higher quality, convenience, and sustainability in their coffee. Our innovation ticks all three of those boxes.

Our freeze-dried soluble coffee is not only high in quality, but also extremely versatile. Throughout 2020, we observed a growing interest in premium soluble coffee and coffee concentrate extracts, as both standalone products and ingredients in the premium food and beverage market. This includes concentrates used in RTD beverages, syrups, and more.

“We have always chosen to make custom-designed products; this has been one of Buencafé’s value propositions for years,” Cruz says. “We manufacture what the customer wants and needs. With SENSORIA by Buencafé, we can give our products so many more profiles and flavors than we could before.”

Finally, it is very important to highlight that the success of Buencafé translates into supporting over half a million coffee-producing families across Colombia. Every year, 100% of our profits go towards supporting these producers and improving their wellbeing.

“Our goal is to increase the number of customizable options available each year, as well as improving our social and environmental impact,” Cruz explains. He adds that one of Buencafé’s goals is to reduce the use of plastic, develop more eco-friendly packaging options and promote sustainable practices across the supply chain.

Our focus on operational efficiency, improving quality, and leveraging new innovations in soluble coffee have secured our place as a world leader in the coffee sector.

Our new tech-suite, SENSORIA by Buencafé, is testament to this. It offers the best instant coffee you can possibly dream of, always tailored to your needs. Our technology makes the impossible possible, letting us surprise the world with a rich, complex, and unique taste.

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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.