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SPX Vacuum Freeze Drying and Spray Drying Solutions Serve the Global Coffee Industry

Coffee is the world’s most popular beverage and the second most sought-after global commodity behind oil. Worldwide, more than 500 billion cups of coffee are consumed each year, and more than 100 million people depend on coffee for their livelihood – 25 million of them coffee farmers.

Today, instant coffee accounts for more than 30 percent of all the retail brewed coffee consumed around the world. As a global supplier of food and beverage processing solutions, SPX provides freeze drying, vacuum drying, extraction and evaporation technologies used to produce instant coffee.

Ulrich Ahlers, sales director with SPX Food and Beverage, explains SPX’s role within the broader global coffee market.

What is the size of the current global coffee market and how big is the instant coffee portion?

The global coffee market is worth more than $100 billion worldwide and instant coffee accounts for roughly 30 percent of the market.

In fact, global instant coffee sales have nearly tripled since 2000, according to market research firm Euromonitor. They report that the world consumed nearly $31 billion worth of instant coffee in 2013, and project that global consumption will reach $35 billion by the year 2018.

Where does the majority of the world’s coffee come from today?

About 90 percent of the world's coffee production takes place in developing countries. The top three producers are Brazil, Vietnam and Columbia, followed by Indonesia, India and Ethiopia.

Some people might be surprised to learn that coffee is actually grown in more than 50 countries across Asia, Africa, South America, Central America and the Caribbean. Overall, there is a huge concentration of production in the Americas, which grows roughly 67 percent of the world's coffee.

What role does SPX play in the global coffee industry?

SPX offers advanced coffee extraction technology, various aroma recovery systems, extract concentration and spray drying plants for instant coffee production. We are also a leading global supplier of freeze drying technology to the coffee processing industry.

In the production of instant coffee, coffee extract is produced by extracting the roast and ground coffee with hot water in high-yield percolators. After the extraction process, the aromas are recovered and the coffee extract is concentrated under gentle conditions, followed by either spray drying into a powder or freeze drying into a granule. When applied to the production of instant coffee, our extraction technology is designed to achieve both, a very high yield and a superior extract quality from the roast and ground coffee, which improves efficiencies and profit per ton.

We also provide modernization and retro-fitting services for existing coffee production plants in an effort to help them not only enhance the quality of their instant coffee products, but also to help them reduce water consumption and energy costs associated with the production process.

How are SPX technologies beneficial to coffee producers?

SPX offers advanced extraction technologies to obtain high production yields and premium coffee extract from the beans. This is important technology to the major global producers in the instant coffee market. We are also recognized for delivering well-engineered solutions for extract concentration and spray drying. Many of today’s smaller instant coffee producers are looking for advanced extraction technology.

Learn more about SPX spray drying and evaporation

Learn more about SPX extraction, vacuum and freeze drying