The theft took place in the Citgross supermarket in Trelleborg over the weekend. Eyewitnesses reported that the man had loaded up his shopping trolley with packets of coffee and then made a break for it at the checkouts.
An accomplice was waiting for him at the checkouts so that the gates would open up for the thief. Local police said that it is not uncommon for coffee to be stolen in this way from supermarkets.
"Sometimes they have had two shopping trolleys and go straight through the checkouts. It's easy to sell (coffee) presumably," police officer Stephan Söderholm told the Trelleborgs Allehanda newspaper.
However, the thieves didn't get far with their coffee haul as they dumped their bounty in the carpark after being chased by security staff. The pair then disappeared in a getaway car.
Witnesses wrote down the registration number of the vehicle but police have yet to be able to trace it.
Swedes are among the highest consumers of coffee in the world drinking an average 1.3 cups a day. Only the Finns and the Dutch drink more according to Euromonitor statistics.