We operate 2 major soluble coffee processing facilities - Café Outspan in Vietnam and SEDA Outspan in Spain. We remain focused on continually improving and optimising production for our customers, our business and the environment. As with everything we do, we ensure rigorous quality production and hygiene standards with both facilities being BRC certified.
Café Outspan in Ho Chi Minh City is Southeast Asia’s largest independent soluble coffee facility with annual production capacity of over 17,250 MT. The plant has state-of-the-art manufacturing lines for spray dried, freeze dried, agglomerate (granule) and frozen coffee extract. The plant is BRC, Kosher, Halal, ISO 14001 certified.
Our plant in Palencia is one of the leading private label soluble coffee manufacturing plants in Europe, producing coffee in spray dried, agglomerated and freeze-dried forms. Under the SEDA brand we can offer customers bulk or retail private label formats like jars, pouches, sachets and single serving stick packs. Our capacity is 12,000 MT per year. The plant is BRC, Kosher, Halal, ISO 14001 certified.
The processing of soluble coffee requires 5 steps:
1. Roasting the green beans
2. Extracting the roasted and ground coffee
3. Recovering the aroma
4. Evaporating the weak extract; and
5. Drying the concentrated extract to produce spray dried or freeze dried coffee.
Agglomerated coffee (coffee granules) is produced by steam wetting and drying the spray dried coffee causing it to bind together into granules.
Frozen coffee extract is produced by freezing the concentrated extract.
Soluble coffee processing is an energy intensive process and requires 62 GJ of energy to produce 1 Metric Tonne (MT). In Vietnam, over the last 3 years, proactively implementing energy conservation measures has helped reduce energy consumption by 18% from 62 to 51 GJ per MT. These measures include heat recovery from roasting, extraction, air compressors exhaust streams, energy efficient lighting, variable frequency drives and auto cleaning of chiller condensers. This energy use reduction has in turn helped to reduce carbon emissions as well as generating cost savings. In simple terms the annual energy reduction achieved is equivalent to about 4,600 households’ annual electricity consumption. Similarly in Spain, we have conducted an energy audit, to identify several energy conservation measures which will help in reducing consumption by 13%.