Transportation & storage

It's a long way from the plantation in South America or South East Asia to Hamburg, where the coffees arrive for Tchibo. We explain how the coffee beans make the long journey and where they are stored in Hamburg until they are roasted.

A long journey

Coffee is still shipped in the traditional way today. 80% of exported coffee is shipped to importing countries in bulk in containers. High-quality green coffees with a low harvest volume, on the other hand, are filled in bags as in the old days.

The voyage from South America to Hamburg or Bremen takes around two to three weeks. To ensure that the green coffee survives the long journey safely and without any loss of quality, it is stored on board in a dry place that is as temperature-resistant as possible. When the coffee is unloaded at the port of destination, Tchibo's coffee experts take samples to record any deviations in quality or damage.

On the way to the roastery

If the coffee is temporarily stored at a warehouse operator, the containers are brought from the port to the warehouse operator's premises and unloaded. The coffee beans are then either poured from the containers or sacks into silos or temporarily stored in sacks, which are stacked on pallets in warehouses.

From there, the green coffee is transported to the Tchibo roasting plants, where our coffee roasters create the incomparable Tchibo coffees with love and passion.

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