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Plant Tour - Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Company

ASQ Vancouver (Section 408)

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 from 1:00 PM to 3:40 PM (PDT)

Plant Tour - Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Company

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Unlike our regular plant tours, please note this is a day time event

Join us at our Quality and Business Excellence Program event as we visit Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Company Inc. (SWDCC) Burnaby.


Amazing Coffee Happens Here !

Swiss Water® is the innovative craft of using pure water to gently remove caffeine. Their 100% chemical free process decaffeinates coffee in small batches. They remove caffeine from very select amounts of Specialty Coffee; which is grown and harvested with the utmost care. Coffee that they are excited to taste. Coffee that once decaffeinated, will still taste every bit as delicious as it did before they got their hands on it; they Promise!

Swiss Water® Process maintains the following certifications for the coffee they decaffeinate: Organic, Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, Kosher, UTZ and Food Safety Standard Certification (FSSC) 22000.
Our event begins with ‘Overview of the company’ presented by Barry Close; followed by a tour of their Manufacturing facility.

*Space is limited to 15 participants due to venue restrictions. There will not be ‘registration and/or payment-at-door option’ for this event. You MUST pre-register in order to attend.*


1:00 – 1:15   Registration and Networking
1:15 – 1:30   Section Chair – Introduction & Section News 
1:30 – 2:00   Barry Close – Overview of Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Company  
2:00 – 2:30  Barry Close - Tour of Swiss Water Deccafeinated Cofee Company 
2:30 – 3:10   Cupping Session 
3:10 – 3:40  Networking and Q&A

As usual for plant tours, we ask you not register if you work (or are intending to work) in a competing company or industry, such as Descamex, Coffein, Qusac, Maximus, CR3 Hermesen, Damus, etc.

Dress Code

As this tour is taking place at the food manufacturing facility, we appreciate that all visitors meet the following Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) policy, but not limited to:

- Wear clean visitor’s lab coats and clean, appropriate footwear before entering the warehouse or processing areas.
• No open-toes shoes or high-heels are permitted in the plant.
- All jewelry, including watches, must be removed when entering the plant.
• Plain wedding bands without stones or setting are allowed.
• Medical alerts are allowed.
- No chewing gum, smoking, eating or drinking is allowed in the plant and warehouse.
- Wearing of perfume or any fragrance is prohibited in the plant.
- Wear a protective hair net before entering the warehouse and production area. The exception is applied for hairs shorter than 0.25 inches or less.
- No nail polish, false eyelashes or fake fingernails, pins, etc. are allowed in the plant.
- Weapons, alcohol, or illegal drugs are not permitted on the premises.
- Recording devices and cameras are not to be used in the production area unless approved by management.
- We reserve the right to inspect visitor’s belonging upon entering and exiting the facility.


Parking: free on-site parking

Transit: 5 minutes walk from Lake City Way Sky Train station (Millennium line).



Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Company

Ten Peaks Coffee Company owns SWDCC and Seaforth Supply Chain Solutions. It is a publically traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange – TPK and has a talent pool of 50+ employees. Swiss Water® Process is 100% chemical free and organically certified. It uses the elements of water, temperature and time to create some of the most intriguing decaf coffee. Their dedication to coffee ensures they are also dedicated to the pursuit of crafting amazing coffee without caffeine. They are constantly innovating, learning, and improving our decaffeination techniques for precisely removing caffeine.

It is an Environmentally- centric company focusing on sustainability throughout the supply chain as our commitment to a better cup of coffee goes further than decaffeination. By supporting causes that impact water conservation, as well as the health of the people and communities where the coffee is grown, they believe in not just taking caffeine out, but contributing to sustainable coffee production everywhere.


Barry Close

Barry Close

With 32 years experience in the manufacturing industry, Barry Close understands the positive impact quality systems can have on an organization. He drives quality, 6 sigma, and lean programs, and unites operations and logistics. When not talking about Six Sigma Methodology, Barry enjoys sushi and decaf lattes. He loves coffee, just not caffeine.

“Quality production is delivered through quality execution by quality people.”

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Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Company
3131 Lake City Way
Burnaby, BC V5A 3A3

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 from 1:00 PM to 3:40 PM (PDT)

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ASQ Vancouver (Section 408)

ASQ Vancouver advances individual and organizational performance excellence in BC by providing opportunities for learning, quality improvement and knowledge exchange. We hold monthly Quality & Business programs where our members and guests have the opportunity to connect and learn from each other. 


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