We operate 2 major instant 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 instant coffee manufacturing plants in Europe. Besides producing soluble coffee in spray dried, agglomerated and freeze-dried forms, Seda also has the added capability to pack both in bulk and in retail private label formats like jars, pouches, sachets and 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 rigorous attention to minute production details to optimise quality. It requires 5 steps:
1. roasting of green beans
2. extraction of roast and ground coffee
3. aroma recovery
4. evaporation of weak extract; and
5. drying of concentrated extract to produce spray dried or freeze dried coffee.
Agglomerated coffee (where you get coffee granules) is produced by steam wetting and drying the spray dried coffee. 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%.