Norway’s Eco-Friendly Coffee Roastery

On Treveien in Vestby lies one of the world's most advanced coffee roasteries. With its wooden façade, the building certainly stands out from its surroundings.

kaffebrenneriet i Vestby

At JOH. JOHANNSON KAFFE, we have a long tradition of making the environment a key consideration, all the way from bean to cup. Long-term thinking and sustainability are fundamental values ​​for us as a coffee producer. The new coffee roastery is solid proof of this. The construction process and all materials used are in accordance with stringent environmental requirements and international standards. The building is climate-neutral and runs on renewable energy. All these factors combined allow us to proudly say that we are Norway's most eco-friendly coffee roastery!

At Norway’s eco-friendly coffee roastery, consideration and respect for the environment has been a top priority in everything from choice of building materials to location and sources of energy.

Renewable and Eco-Friendly

Norway’s most eco-friendly coffee roastery consists of more than 90 per cent solid wood. The ceilings, walls and floors are solid wood, also known as cross-laminated timber.

The wood used on the façade is Norwegian ore-pine. The wood used in the support beams is imported from Austria due to lack of availability in the required dimensions in the Norwegian wood industry. The elevator shaft is wood with some use of plaster, and the stairs are solid wood with end-grain wood surface finish.

lavkarbon stål og betong
Recycled low carbon steel and concrete.

Wood is an eco-friendly and renewable material. In cases where use of wood has not been possible – for example in the foundation for the machinery inside the factory – recycled and low-carbon steel and concrete have been utilized.

Energy Center for Beneficial Energy Utilization

The coffee roastery’s energy supply is secured through energy wells in the ground, as well as extensive use of solar cells on the south, west and eastern walls. The building also uses heat recovery and biogas and is self-sufficient in energy used for heating.

The solar cells are integrated into the walls of the façade. A total of 1280 panels have been installed with a total power of 365 kWp. In the summer of 2023 we supplemented with a further 1,800 solar cells on the roof! This gives us a total power of 450 000 kWp. The electrical energy is distributed to the building and used internally. Estimated annual production is approx. 218.000 kWh. If needed, solar cells can be installed on the roof in the future.

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The facades are covered with a total of 1280 solar panels.

Biogas is used in the coffee roasting process, in which air is heated up to 400 °C. The biogas tank was previously used in a hospital and has now been given a new cycle of life in the coffee roastery. The biogas comes from Greve in Tønsberg.

For optimum energy utilization, an energy center has been built which, among other things, allows us to use excess heat from the coffee roasting. The energy center ensures that we both use less energy and utilize the energy from our production in a more beneficial way.

The biogas tank to the left in the picture, was previously used in a hospital.

Environmental Certifications Ensure High Standards

Our ambitions were sky high when we embarked on the development of Norway's most eco-friendly coffee roastery. Our goal was to create one of the world's most advanced facilities for coffee production – which entails meeting standards and requirements for building, technology and the environment that will be expected in the future.

This ambition has many dimensions. First, it involves innovations that contribute to technical solutions which will ensure the highest possible quality of our products. Secondly, it was crucial that the building was constructed in a way that harmonizes with our environmental and sustainability ambitions. Thirdly, we wanted the coffee production to be eco-friendly. The roastery is therefore constructed for climate neutral operation. That entails producing the same amount, or more, energy than is required to operate the building.

To ensure that we comply with high standards, we have worked purposefully with various environmental certifications – both during the construction process itself and in the way production is set up. The building is certified to BREEAM-NOR Excellent standard. BREEAM is the world's oldest and Europe's leading environmental certification tool for buildings. BREEAM-NOR is the Norwegian version of this certification. The new coffee roastery holds the second highest standard level – ‘Excellent’.

During construction, the contractor complied with Tek17, a building standard with guidelines for buildings under construction. This entails e.g. that the construction process itself should put the least possible burden on natural resources and the environment. Furthermore, the products used during the construction must contain little or no substances that are harmful to health and/or the environment.

The building has 50 per cent stricter requirements for its CO2 footprint than is required within Tek17.

The coffee production process is ISO 22000 certified, an international standard that applies to food safety. The standard covers all stages from production to contact with the consumer.

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An Eco-Friendly Coffee Roastery for the Future

The coffee roastery at Vestby makes sustainable production of quality coffee for the future possible. Sustainability is synonymous with quality and efficiency and is a prerequisite for providing coffee farmers with acceptable living conditions.

Norway's eco-friendly coffee roastery also offers several possibilities in packaging technology, allowing us to produce smaller batches. This makes it possible to offer consumers several coffee varieties.

Furthermore, we wish for the facilities at Vestby to be a competence center for coffee.

Coffee is a truly exciting raw material that can provide great taste experiences, given that the coffee beans are processed correctly throughout the production process. It is important for us to share knowledge about how to get the best taste experiences through our coffee brands. We want to contribute to this by establishing a professional environment that is actively concerned with the production of quality coffee.

In doing so, we will contribute to great coffee experiences for Norwegian consumers in the years to come!

Information About JOH. JOHANNSON KAFFE’s New Facilities at Vestby

The facilities at Vestby will ensure sustainable production of high-quality coffee for the future.  Sustainability is synonymous with quality and efficiency and is a prerequisite for providing coffee farmers with acceptable living conditions.

The coffee roastery will be one of the most advanced facilities for coffee production in the world. To our knowledge, no other site can compare with regards to eco-friendliness or in terms of construction technology and engineering.

Operation of the facilities will be climate neutral with low emissions during coffee processing.  Climate neutral operation will be achieved through mitigation and self-sufficiency in energy supply.

Climate neutral operations also mean that we will produce the same amount, or more, energy than is necessary to operate the coffee roastery.

The cost of the facilities is estimated at around 625-650 million NOK.

The facilities will have a footprint of 9400 sqm and will produce 12000 tons of roasted coffee every year.

The most important advantages of the new facilities, compared with the old one, are as follows:

  • A unique coffee roastery that makes a sustainable and more eco-friendly production possible
  • We will go from one to three shifts
  • Compared to the facilities in use today, CO2 emissions will be reduced by up to 86%
  • Production will be far more efficient
  • A high level of automation will reduce the potential for error and will increase production quality
  • The coffee roastery at Vestby makes use of new technology in several areas.
  • Each area of technology has been extensively tested individually: cooling wells, low carbon solar panels, heat recovery and the use of biogas.
  • It is the first time these elements will have been combined to make a sustainable production facility for coffee, making the coffee roastery one of a kind.
  • The facilities are being built to the standards and regulations we expect to see in the future.
  • The building has an energy center which ensures optimum use of excess heat.
  • The coffee roastery is also planned in such a way as to be even more eco-friendly as society increasingly facilitates.
  • The coffee roasting process will continue in the same manner as before to secure the high quality our brands are known for.
  • Our strong brands will be protected and further developed at Vestby.
  • The new facilities will provide new opportunities in terms of packing technology, which allows us to produce coffee in smaller batches. This means we will be able to offer several types of coffee.
  • The site at Vestby will house a competence center for coffee.
  • The building will use new, modern cleaning technology.
  • JOH. JOHANNSON KAFFE holds the strongest brands in the Norwegian coffee market – ALI Kaffe and Evergood. Being able to offer coffee of the highest quality, produced in a climate neutral environment, will give us a considerable benefit against our competitors.
  • Our new facility will contribute to our competitive business strategy in the years to come!

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