Cimbria expands its green coffee activity in South America
Green coffee beans. Image: Cimbria
Cimbria is expanding its activities in South America, which is expected to be one of its most promising markets.
Since 2019, Cimbria has been strengthening its position in the green coffee processing market in South America. This move into South America is an expansion of Cimbria’s position in the global green coffee market. With approximately 80% market share in Ethiopia, Africa’s biggest producer of coffee, Cimbria’s experience is extremely valuable for the South American expansion:
“We focus on helping our clients grow their green coffee businesses in the best possible way. We focus on high-volume plants for coffee exporters, larger coffee cooperatives, and specialty coffee processing lines. Our Ethiopian success is built on solid and long-term representatives and customer relations with local service teams as one of the most vital parts of our business and a main reason for success. Thus, establishing local service teams in South America is also a vital part of our expansion plans,” explains Stefan Lautner, Cimbria sales manager in South America.
Stefan Lautner currently lives in Lima, Peru, to ensure Cimbria’s South American expansion strategy over the coming years.
“As one of the only European operators working in the South American market, we have a big opportunity. We are well-known for our premium equipment and turnkey solutions, which match the requirements for high-quality systems and end products in South America. The requirements are increasing very fast, and this is a perfect opportunity for us to meet these demands,” says Stefan Lautner.
He continues: “Specialty coffee processing is a very sensitive process that requires no loss of beans and no change of taste or quality of the coffee. Cimbria supports strong development of local micro lot processors and specialty coffee exporters in recent years through our custom-made solutions.”
So far, Cimbria has completed projects for various green coffee processing plants in Central and South America, including a state-of-the-art processing plant for one of Mexico’s top coffee exporting companies and the most modern coffee processing plant in Peru for Café Selva Norte.
For the Peruvian project, Cimbria built a dry mill for coffee cooperatives that collects coffee from small producers. This dry mill allows small producers access to high quality processing equipment, resulting in higher-quality coffee, reduced post-harvest loss, and improved traceability.
“Our machinery uses highly precise separation to guarantee very high purity in the final product. When the cooperative or client finalizes their specifications for each coffee delivery, the machinery is calibrated to achieve the highest output of their desired quality specifications,” explains Stefan Lautner.
He continues: The Café Selva Norte dry mill has two processing lines. The processing flow includes pre-cleaning, destoning, hulling, gravity separation, and color sorting, and in the end, the coffee beans are automatically being weighed and filled into bags.”
Cimbria and Café Selva Norte are working closely together to ensure quality and to adapt capacity to the continuously increasing demands.