History

Beyers Koffie can look back on a long and rich history. Below, you can read a summary of how it all started and the road we have travelled since 1880.  

  • 1880: Karel Beyers takes over the De Schutter roasting company in Antwerp’s Seefhoek district.
  • 1928: Karel Beyers lends his name to the company.

  • 1937: Company founder, Karel Beyers, dies. His sons Eduard, Edmond, Louis and Constant take over the business. They keep the company’s strong growth on track.
  • 1957: Establishment of Beyers Koffie NV on the street named Borgerhoutsestraat in Antwerp.
  • 1964: Louis Beyers’ son, Karel Beyers, a much talked-about Right Winger of Royal Antwerp FC (1961 – 1972), joins the business.
  • 1966: Beyers Koffie NV grows from its artisanal roots. This new, progressive approach soon proves to be a great success. It is the first company in Belgium to install a vacuum packing machine. A few decades later, Beyers also becomes one of the first companies to produce coffee pads.

  • 1972: After the takeover of Van Ysendyk NV, a roasting company that also imports green coffee, Beyers’ production is transferred to De Burburestraat in the district of Antwerp South (Het Zuid).
  • 1991: Beyers is the very first company to become a member of the Fairtrade labelling organisation Max Havelaar Belgium.
  • 1993:
      • To mark the occasion of Antwerp as “European Capital of Culture”, Beyers launches Café d’Anvers – an aromatic coffee blend based on an authentic Antwerp recipe from 1903.
      • The Mayor of Antwerp decides not to extend the environmental permit. The news hits hard and Beyers leaves its home base with a heavy heart.
  • 1994-1995: The Neapolitan Rubino family – owner of Café do Brasil (established in 1963) with the Kimbo espresso brand – comes up with a solution. Together with the Beyers family, the Rubinos build a state-of-the-art coffee roasting plant in Puurs, in the province of Antwerp. This close cooperation later results in the takeover of Beyers Koffie NV by Café do Brasil. Beyers is in charge of part of the production for Café do Brasil.
  • 2004: The takeover by Café do Brasil provides Beyers with sufficient clout to secure takeovers itself. And so, in 2004 Beyers takes over coffee roasting company Fort in the Belgian village of Itegem (established in 1929) and the sales office E.P. Leidsche in the Netherlands (established in 1769). The combined know-how of Beyers, Fort and Café do Brasil in the area of coffee and production in the retail and out-of-home market makes Beyers a strong, professional company.

  • 2005: Beyers celebrates its 125th anniversary. 
  • 2008: Production for Café do Brasil comes to a halt after the Italian government decides that, from now on, Italian products are only allowed to be produced in Italy.
  • 2009: As of 1 January 2009, Beyers purchases 100% renewable electricity.
  • 2010:
      • Purchase of the first fully automatic pads line.
      • Repositioning of the Beyers brand: “quality and sustainability from bean to cup” and launch of the new logo “Beyers, precious blends”.
      • Expansion with a modern warehouse covering 1,250 m².
  • 2011:
      • Calculation of the carbon footprint at organisational level.
      • Introduction of BénéCafé: a climate neutral produced coffee.
  • 2012:
      • Installation of a state-of-the-art high efficiency roaster with pre-heating and heat recovery.
      • Implementation of a new ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) program: SAP.
  • 2014 : Acquisition of Beyers Koffie NV and E.P. Leidsche by Mykofi 1769 SA

  • 2015: all Beyers' coffee brands are climate neutral.