Brasil Kaffe Import

Brasil Kaffe Import

Svend Mathiesen had travelled extensively in Brazil and discovered that the country’s vast raw coffee production was not reflected in the steep Danish coffee prices. He therefore founded Brasil Kaffe Import in 1960 and began selling high-quality Brazilian coffee at affordable prices.


BKI started in Aalborg

BKI started in Aalborg

The coffee adventure began in a basement in Aalborg. While Svend Mathiesen continued working in Brazil, his wife Ellen ran the business from the couple’s home in Aalborg, Denmark, all the while looking after their three children, Kirsten, Karen and Karl. The coffee beans were roasted at a local coffee roastery and when customers entered the ‘shop’, the roasted beans were ground and bagged. The basement idea proved such a success that within the space of a few years the business was able to open 34 coffee shops.


Own roastery

Own roastery

In 1963, the family decided to move BKI to Højbjerg near Aarhus, where a new coffee roastery was established. The reason for the move was that the raw coffee could be delivered to the Port of Aarhus, which was an important business consideration.


First brand Coffee

First brand Coffee

Despite success, the chain of shops was closed in 1973, the reason being that the coffee was now to be ground and vacuum sealed in order to reach more consumers. Denmark’s first brand coffee thus saw the light of day. Via a fleet of commercial sales vehicles, the strategy was now to sell the coffee directly to bakers, butchers, kiosks and specialist retail shops. The vehicles were shops on wheels and customers had their coffee delivered to them on-site.


BKI in the supermarkets

BKI in the supermarkets

Towards the end of the 1980s and the start of the 1990s, the sales vehicles were abandoned and BKI coffee was subsequently sold through the Danish supermarket chains. Today, our BKI coffee brands are sold throughout the country and are renowned for their consistently high quality.


Organic Coffee

Organic Coffee

In 1988, BKI introduced Denmark’s first organic coffee. At the time, people laughed, but today BKI Organic is the best-selling organic brand coffee in Danish supermarkets.


Certification

Certification

For BKI, food quality and food safety have always been of paramount importance, which is why we attained certification in 1999. Since 1999, BKI has attained ISO 9001 and HACCP certification and is today certified according to the IFS food standard.


Acquistion og roasteries

Acquistion og roasteries

In 1998, BKI acquired the two companies Aalborg Kaffeimport and Herning Kafferisteri. These two businesses possessed vast expertise in the production and sale of whole coffee beans. We thus took over the name Christgau Kaffe, which today is a series of whole high-quality beans sold in supermarkets. In 2013, BKI also became co-owner of the Copenhagen-based Specialist Roastery, Kontra Coffee.


Several strings to its bow

Several strings to its bow

The market for traditional coffee stagnated during the 1990s. BKI therefore decided to expand its business offering and diversify. In 2004, we purchased ARC Quality Foods, whose agency representation with De Cecco pasta and Lindt chocolate fitted perfectly with BKI’s desire to work with high-quality foods.


Te Specialisten

Te Specialisten

In 2008, BKI acquired the company Te specialisten. The company imports, processes and packs high-quality, loose leaf specialist teas at our new modern factory in Karlslunde. With our range of specialist teas numbering close to as many as 600 different blends, we are the biggest supplier of specialist teas to the Danish specialised retail trade. In addition to tea, we sell specialist coffees – David Rio Chai as well as other specialities – now under the name Te & Kaffe Specialisten.


BKI foods a/s

BKI foods a/s

Today, although BKI remains a company whose main activity is coffee, a large proportion of its revenue is derived from food products. Accordingly, in 2009 we changed our name to BKI foods a/s – as it more fittingly described our business activities.


Coffee everyone likes

Coffee everyone likes

Of all the major coffee companies in Denmark, BKI is today the sole wholly Danish-owned company that has retained its coffee production in Denmark, thus securing Danish production jobs – a fact about which we are rightfully proud. We are passionately committed to producing high-quality coffee and our highly motivated workforce works tirelessly to live up to our high quality standards to ensure BKI customers an unforgettable coffee experience. Today, the company is run and owned by Svend Mathiesen’s three descendants.


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