Buhler builds advanced low-emission coffee processing facility in Switzerland

SWITZERLAND – Buhler is building the world’s first advanced coffee processing facility, which uses innovative roasting technology that ensures low carbon emission to reduce on the global greenhouse effect.

According to the company, the plant was built for the Norwegian coffee producer Joh. Johannson, and will utilize biogas with ability to achieve net zero carbon emission.

Buhler was awarded the contract to build the clean energy facility to address the challenge in the coffee manufacturing process related with high-energy consumption.

This has shifted the coffee manufacturers’ attention that is not only after sourcing good quality green coffee but also alternative and cheaper sources of energy.

The coffee roaster will also be able to take advantage of the rising global coffee market, which is projected to grow in the near future.

“With Bühler, we have found a solution partner that fully understands our sustainability concerns and is capable of putting them to practice,” said Espen Gjerde, CEO of Joh. Johannson.

The technology will apply to the entire coffee processing including green coffee intake, cleaning, blending, grinding and roasting.

The roasting process has been fitted with Buhler’s Infinity Roaster that comprises a unique preheating unit an energy recovery system functioning on the basis of multiple heat exchangers.

Stored energy can be used for powering the roasting process and preheating green coffee reducing the energy consumption of the roasting process by 50%.

The facility will also be equipped with advanced off-gas purification units for roasting systems such as Regenerative Thermal oxidation (RTO) system that allows smart control of the air currents enabling heat to be stored and returned to the process.

The company expects a dominant market position with establishment of the climate and environment friendly facility.

“This project stands to boost our competitiveness in the marketplace. The system’s energy consumption, slashed to the absolute minimum, is not only extremely sustainable, but also makes sound business sense.

In the processing industries, energy accounts for as much as 10% of the total cost,” said Espen Gjerde, CEO of Joh. Johannson.

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