SCA Specialty Coffee Expo 2024: Preview

The Specialty Coffee Expo, organised by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA ), is hosting its 2024 installment from 12-14 April in Chicago, Illinois at the McCormick Center. Below is a preview of some of the many suppliers exhibiting at the annual expo. Visit the Tea & Coffee Trade Journal booth at 1510.

Automated Handling Solutions

Integrated solutions from Spiroflow and Cablevey define the future of coffee processing.

Supporting customers in regulated end markets such as food and beverage, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, specialty chemical, and general industrial processing, Automated Handling Solutions (AHS) combines the material handling systems of Spiroflow and Cablevey Conveyors. The merger of the two companies combines their core competencies and product portfolios to offer advanced conveying solutions to customers globally.

Advanced capabilities in coffee processing

A global leader in the field of powder handling and dry solids processing, Spiroflow excels in offering state-of-the-art equipment that significantly enhances efficiency and productivity in the coffee industry. Their bulk bag fillers and dischargers streamline the packaging and distribution of coffee, underscoring their commitment to innovation and excellence in serving the coffee sector. Furthermore, their conveyance systems, such as their flexible screw and aero mechanical conveyors, are designed to handle a variety of coffee products, ensuring a seamless and hygienic transfer process.

Cablevey Conveyors specialise in the gentle handling of coffee beans through its tubular drag conveyor systems. This technology is pivotal for maintaining the integrity and quality of coffee beans during transportation. Cablevey’s conveyors are engineered to handle the delicate nature of coffee beans, preventing breakage and preserving the beans’ essential qualities. Their system’s enclosed design also plays a crucial role in safeguarding the product from contamination, making it an invaluable asset for coffee producers aiming to uphold the highest standards of quality and cleanliness. The addition of Cablevey’s clean-in-place (CIP) solution further enhances this system by ensuring the conveyors can be cleaned efficiently and thoroughly, maintaining the hygiene and quality control essential for coffee production.

Real-world impact and commitment to excellence

We invite industry professionals and coffee producers to explore the dynamic offerings of this collaboration. Discover how our integrated solutions can help revolutionise your coffee production process, ensuring superior quality and efficiency.

Automated Handling Solutions:

Cablevey Conveyors

Headquarters: Oskaloosa, Iowa, USA

Tel: +1 641 673 8451

Spiroflow

Headquarters: Monroe, North Carolina, USA

Tel: +1 704 246 0900

Website: automatedhandling.com

Email: [email protected]

SCA Expo booth #: 1002

 

Advanced Material Processing

Kason and Marion’s collaborative approach is the new benchmark in coffee production.

Focusing on food, nutraceutical, mineral, plastic, chemical, and biomass industries, Advanced Material Processing (AMP) combines the material processing systems of Kason Corporation with Marion Process Solutions’ mixing and blending expertise. The resulting partnership offers an integrated portfolio of core competencies and products to global customers.

Advanced coffee processing know-how

Kason Corporation has a range of cutting-edge solutions specifically designed for the coffee industry. Their vibratory screeners and centrifugal sifters play a pivotal role in the manufacturing process, enabling precise grading, de-dusting, and separation of coffee beans and grounds. Known for their reliability and high-volume processing capability, Kason’s equipment is essential for coffee manufacturers aiming to enhance their production lines and guarantee product consistency.

Marion Process Solutions’ custom mixing and blending equipment is vital for crafting superior coffee blends. Their mixers and blenders are engineered for uniformity and consistency, key for any coffee blend looking for market prominence. Marion’s dedication to customisation allows coffee producers to adapt the equipment to their specific requirements, ensuring the preservation and enhancement of their blends’ unique characteristics.

Setting new standards in coffee production

We invite industry professionals and coffee producers to explore the dynamic offerings of this collaboration. Learn how our comprehensive solutions can transform your coffee production workflow, guaranteeing exceptional quality and enhanced efficiency.

Advanced Material Processing:

KASON Corporation

Headquarters: Millburn, New Jersey, USA

Tel: +1 973 467 8140

MARION Process Solutions

Headquarters: Marion, Iowa, USA

Tel:+1 800 397 6371

Website: amprocessing.com

Email: [email protected]

SCA Expo booth #: 1002

 

Brambati SpA

In February 2024, Brambati started teaching SCA courses on roasting and tasting (basic and intermediate) again at its Advanced Food Lab. The first two sessions of the Brambati Roasting Camp were intended for project managers and technicians who test plants around the world, in order to offer their customers more specialized support on recipes, during the testing and training phases.

The course aims to increase knowledge of the raw material selection and roasting process, delve into coffee chemistry and the use of equipment to improve the final result in the cup, the only real goal for the “master roaster”

Brambati SpA

Headquarters: Codevilla (PV), Italy

Website: foodlab.brambati.it

Email: [email protected]

SCA Expo booth #: 1120

 

Colombini Srl (logo and image)

Degassing system® by BMM/Colombini

Since 2017, Colombini has been distributing the Degassing system®, produced by BMM Technology, the first to use high vacuum technology to accelerate degassing and the only one capable of significantly reducing energy consumption and nitrogen requirements throughout the process.

Coffee degassing

Starting with roasting, coffee begins to release carbon dioxide from roasting, requiring a degassing process. However, “natural” degassing is now unsuitable for the coffee industry: it takes too long, is influenced by climatic and environmental variables, as well as the different characteristics of the blends, and increases the risk of product contact with oxygen, resulting in oxidation and loss of quality.

Nowadays, it is therefore necessary to force and carefully control the process at every stage, while improving it where possible.

Made in Italy innovation and research

The main innovation introduced by the Degassing system® was to use high vacuum, with very high negative pressures down to -800mbar alternating with over pressure cycles with nitrogen injection (up to +300mbar). The right combination of these two phases accelerates the degassing process, and reduces time spent by up to 40%.

High vacuum, high efficiency, highest quality

This solution provides numerous advantages:

  • Minimising the need for nitrogen for transport and storage of the ground material while awaiting packaging, which can be done in vacuum or under pressure, resulting in considerable cost savings;
  • No moving mechanical parts during transport, reducing energy costs and eliminating maintenance and repair costs;
  • Zero risk of product oxidation;
  • Unaltered particle size distribution of the ground coffee throughout the process due to the transport of the ground coffee in the semi-dense phase.

Unrivalled energy and cost savings

Data collected from active plants shows the use of high vacuum alternating with high pressure cycles can reduce degassing times by up to 40%, and nitrogen consumption is up to 10 times lower than average, minimised both for transport and storage and during the degassing cycle, due to short total process times.

All this translates into financial savings of tens of thousands of euros per year.

Unparalleled degassing

The Degassing system®, available in different sizes and adaptable to every production requirement and packaging system, has for several years remained the only one on the market capable of reducing degassing times, significantly reducing costs and energy and nitrogen consumption, while always ensuring the high quality of the ground product.

Colombini Srl

Headquarters: Settimo Torinese, Italy

Website: colombini.srl

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +39-0118211407

SCA Expo booth #: 705

 

Descamex

Our Water Decaf process known as “Mountain Water” has the following main advantages against our competitors:

  • It is the best tasting Water Decaf, the best cup in the market.
  • Longer shelf life, it will keep its quality in green coffee for a long period of time, so there is no need to roast it as soon as you receive it.
  • Easier to roast, it will behave more similar to a regular green coffee during roasting.

We hold the following certifications: Organic (NOP, EU, JAS, COR and SAGARPA regulations), under the sustainability labels we are RFA, UTZ, FLO, FAIR TRADE USA and SMBC Bird Friendly certified, additionally our facilities are FSSC 22000 as well as Kosher and Halal certified.

Here is a link to Descamex’s YouTube channel, where you can find more information on our company and our MW process: www.youtube.com/channel/UCBrXC8PfyjZHRWEiN0eT9Ug

Descamex

Headquarters: Córdoba-Veracruz, Mexico

Website: descamex.com

Email: Daniel Robles at [email protected]

Tel: USA/Canada toll free: +1 844-472-8429. Other countries: +52 271 713-3123 WhatsApp: +52 271 749-7932

SCA Expo booth #: 1445

 

IMA SpA

The IMA Coffee Hub is getting ready to present its innovative technologies for the coffee processing and packaging industries at the upcoming Specialty Coffee Expo: come meet us in Chicago.

At our stand (#919), get the chance to deep dive into our range of solutions dedicated to the coffee industry. Counting on the corporate organisation focused on new digital, sustainable projects and technological laboratories, IMA Coffee shares its expertise at every step of coffee processing or packaging to be the perfect partner to enhance the value of the coffee chain. Stop by our stand in Chicago and get in touch with our Hub and the solutions it can offer.

What’s new for the coffee industry: IMA Coffee Lab and American Show Lab

Let’s meet on our booths, it will be the perfect opportunity to tell what IMA Coffee Lab is, what values led to its establishment, and what activities can be carried out in the pioneering new space dedicated to coffee and its processing technologies.

Furthermore, IMA has opened a new laboratory showroom for America’s coffee industry professionals. Alongside a selection of key machines which can be used to demonstrate IMA Coffee’s roasting, bagging and capsule-filling capabilities, the operations set up in Leominster (MA) represent a consolidating step which brings IMA even closer to the North American coffee industry.

IMA Coffee Hub is the broadest technical and commercial organisation serving the coffee processing and packaging industry today.

Able to ensure market-leading competences, industry experience and application-specific know-how encompassing all stages of coffee handling, processing and packaging, through its brands IMA Petroncini, IMA Coffee -Packaging Solutions-, and IMA End of Line, IMA has created the hub in an aim to leverage expertise at every step of coffee processing or packaging and be the one-stop answer to large and small coffee producers worldwide.

IMA Coffee Hub reaches every corner of the coffee handling, processing, and packaging universe and can now address any issue facing coffee producers, offering competence and expertise regarding coffee production.

IMA Coffee Hub is the ideal starting point from where you will reach your destination. This is precisely the benefit the coffee industry obtains from IMA: just one supplier, already coordinated from within.

IMA SpA

Headquarters: Bologna, Italy

Website: ima.it/coffee

Email: [email protected]

Specialty Coffee Expo booth #: 919

 

Fres-co System USA

Fres-co System USA, Inc, a Goglio Group Company, is a flexible packaging manufacturing company supplying machines, materials, service, technology, and innovation from two US locations in Telford, Pennsylvania, and Red Oak, Iowa. Founded in 1978, Fres-co provides single-source, turnkey flexible packaging systems to leading companies in the coffee, food & beverage, pet food, ingredients, and industrial/chemical markets. During our history of innovation, we have invented many breakthrough products, including the one-way degassing valve, modified atmosphere technologies, and reclosure systems, which have been adopted by Fortune 500 companies, as well as famous specialty brands.

Fres-co offers a full line of state-of-the art customised packaging equipment for dry and liquid products, including Vertical Form Fill and Seal, Horizontal Fill and Seal, and Multilane stick pack and sachet machines. Our liquid filling technologies include Low Acid and High Acid Aseptic, ESL, Ultra Clean, Hot Fill pumpable and multiphase products, and Retort. Our liquid-filling systems are designed for multi-viscosity liquids, whether with or without particulate. Our packaging material capabilities cover a wide range of cost-effective, multi-ply high-barrier packaging solutions, including digital, flexographic and rotogravure-printed rollstock, premade bags, stand-up pouches, and stock bags in various configurations and sizes.

We also manufacture degassing valves, along with a wide range of dispensing fitments and reclosure systems. In addition to our machines and materials, our total system offering includes the engineering, manufacturing, installation and support of our equipment, along with continued research and development into new materials for more sustainable solutions. Fres-co provides unrivaled technical expertise, solving packaging challenges quickly with creative solutions tailored to our customers’ unique needs. Collaborate with us to effectively, economically, and sustainably protect your products. Learn more at fresco.com.

Fres-co System USA, Inc

Headquarters: Telford, Pennsylvania, USA

Website: fresco.com/markets/flexible-packaging-coffee/

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +1 215 721 4600

SCA Expo booth #: 1502

 

Modern Process Equipment Corporation

Modern Process Equipment (MPE) is excited to be exhibiting at this year’s SCA Expo in our hometown Chicago. Stop by booth 1616 to see the latest technology in coffee grinding, conveying, and coffee plant automation.

MPE will unveil an all-new SRM at this year’s SCA. The world’s smallest industrial roller grinder brings superior large roll mill performance and makes it affordable to smaller users. Step up from disc grinders and check out the SRM. Your coffee will taste cleaner, brighter, and better when ground on the new SRM.

Additionally, see the revolutionary Mini.Max Roller-Style Capsule Grinder with three sections for higher capacity during the expo. The Model 600 Mini.Max grinder is specifically designed for use with single-serve coffee packaging machines. This all-in-one grinder produces the optimal grinds for K-Cup, Nespresso, espresso, and virtually any other grind required for single-serve capsule packaging. It is no longer necessary to compromise with a disc-style grinder. The quality grind that was previously only achieved with a roller-style grinder can be installed, economically, in tandem with capsule filling machines.

Visit booth 1616 to experience MPE’s Chain-Vey tubular drag conveyor. This demo-sized unit gently and efficiently conveys coffee before your eyes. When compared to dense-phase pneumatics, Chain-Vey offers over 70% energy savings. Other benefits include customizable configurations, inert-gas freshness preservation, near-zero product breakage, and bi-directional transport with multiple inlets and discharges, among others. Chain-Vey also offers Dual-Drive technology for conveying ultra-long distances.

Moreover, check out MPE’s Turnkey Projects Video, featuring complete coffee plant automation with will be shown at our booth during the show. Fully automated green bean unloading, ground coffee degassing, and software batch track capability are just some of the many MPE features you can see at this year’s booth.

Modern Process Equipment Corporation

Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Website: mpechicago.com

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +1 773-254 3929

SCA Expo booth #: 1616

 

Syntegon Technology (logo and two images, show the packaging one)

Syntegon will present an overview of its holistic packaging solutions at the Specialty Coffee Expo:  from intelligent machines to advanced valve solutions for aroma protection of coffee bags.

Intelligent engineering to reach maximum performance

All Syntegon coffee packaging machines not only achieve maximum output and filling accuracy but are also highly flexible. Thanks to fast format changes and different sealing technologies, all Syntegon machines cover a variety of attractive bag styles, including soft bags and vacuum packs with a wide range of top closures and valve solutions for aroma protection. They even allow you to process recyclable packaging materials to meet sustainability requirements.

All about aroma protection

In addition to the future-proof sealing technology also recyclable degassing valves are easy to handle. This includes internal and external degassing valves, valve applicators, and the engineering of each machine – all from one source. The valves provide reliable and positive escape of roasting gases from gastight packs. High-quality materials of the valve solutions – made in Germany and Switzerland – ensure the high quality of the filled products.

In addition to primary packaging, Syntegon offers case packer as a complete turnkey solution. With 1,100 service experts and a comprehensive service portfolio throughout the entire machine lifecycle from spare parts management to digital line optimization, Syntegon lays the foundation for smooth production processes for all customers.

About Syntegon

Headquartered in Waiblingen, Germany, Syntegon is a global leading provider in processing and packaging technology with more than 160 years of packaging expertise and a large installed base of packaging lines. Processing and packaging for a better life – this is what 5,800 Syntegon employees work for every day. Be it with individual machines, systems, or services, Syntegon helps its customers in the global pharmaceutical and food industries to improve people’s lives. In the food industry, Syntegon’s flexible and reliable technologies produce and pack confectionery, dry food, frozen food, and dairy products.

Syntegon Technology

Headquarters: Waiblingen, Germany

Website: syntegon.com

Email: [email protected]

SCA Expo booth #: 2042

 

NOT EXHIBITING AT THE SCA EXPO

Demus

Demus has been decaffeinating and dewaxing green coffee and producing unrefined, natural caffeine since 1962. The plant is located in the industrial zone of the port of Trieste (Italy), one of the most important terminals in the sector in Europe. Products obtained from the decaffeination process are: decaffeinated, water decaffeination, customised decaffeinated, dewaxed coffee, vaporised coffee, detoxified coffee, coffee free of negative flavours and raw caffeine.

The certifications Demus has obtained to date are ISO 9001–ISO14001-ISO 45001. ISO 50001 e FSSC22000. The company also holds the Kosher and HALAL certification and sustainable certifications UTZ-Rainforest Alliance.

Every batch of processed coffee, before leaving the factory, is carefully analysed to guarantee its conformity to the clients requirements and the current governing regulations, with the help of our DemusLab laboratory, accredited by ACCREDIA – LAB n 0887, which operates according to the standards established by the UNI CEI EN ISO / IEC 17025 standard and offers analysis services on coffee also on behalf of third parties.

Demus

Headquarters: Trieste, Italy

Website: demus.it

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +39 040280858

 

Kloth & Köhnken

Kloth & Köhnken stands for high quality, everywhere that we do business.

We offer you some of the finest types of tea, sophisticated formulations, and scented tea innovations, combined with outstanding buyer’s experience and deep knowledge in tea blend developing.

Well-liked classics. Customised blends. Surprising inventions. We offer traditional black teas, delicious green teas, scented teas, and herbal teas. All leaf grades, every quality, right from our warehouse in Bremen: either conventionally or sustainably sourced or certified organic.

We put our heart into responsible tea trading. Highly skilled tea experts are part of our Kloth & Köhnken team. Together we are one of Europe’s leading tea traders. Our specialized services are available to small enterprises, medium-sized companies, international corporations.

Kloth & Köhnken – your partner, from product idea to distribution. All That We Offer You:

  • Custom-made teas instead of overfamiliar product. We formulate blends either flavoured or non-flavoured that meet your expectations exactly. Distinguish yourself in a crowded market.
  • A comprehensive selection of conventionally and organically grown teas. We import our product from all relevant tea-producing areas and some of the finest tea gardens worldwide. Choose from all leaf grades and every quality.
  • Competitive pricing due to high import volume. Our customers benefit in all related business areas.
  • Availability at short notice thanks to our central warehouse in Hansestadt Bremen. From here, we offer customers our broad product range. Well-assorted and focused on immediate deliverability worldwide.
  • Contractual flexibility for certainty in your planning processes. Together we reach personalised agreements about delivery and services.
  • Large capacities for blending. We deliver blends in specifically agreed upon quantities – at a consistently high quality. Batch production on schedule.
  • Analytic testing well beyond what is legally required. We insist on rigorous state-of-the-art testing of imported goods via independent accredited laboratories.
  • Minimum purchase and package sizes at Kloth & Köhnken are defined by your personal needs and expectations.
  • Organic product and sustainability from a trusted source. We throw our weight behind organically grown tea and sustainable farming methods.

Kloth & Köhnken Teehandel GmbH

Headquarters: Bremen, Germany

Website: kktee.de

Email: [email protected]

Phone:+49 (0)421 34 852 64

 

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