A company in Uganda, Carico Coffee Connoisseur, has started using blockchain to certify shipments of coffee in an attempt to meet growing demand from consumers for more information about where their coffee originated from. The company tracks delivery data of beans by farmers to collection centres, warehouses, inspection centres and its final shipment, through a distributed ledger. Consumers will be able to trace the entire origin of the product, including bean type, year of harvesting and the exact farm where the beans were grown, through a third party site or by scanning the QR code on the coffee container.
Uganda Company Will Boost Income Of Farmers By Using Blockchain To Track Coffee
Carico Café Connoisseur said the move could boost the income of their farmers, as consumers are usually prepared to pay more for goods that can be traced back to their origins. CEO Mwambu Wanendeya said: “Traceability is important because people are increasingly concerned that farmers get rewarded for their work”.
“The idea is to give the consumer an appreciation of what happens on the journey and also to ensure that there’s more linkages with the farmer.” He told Reuters that a blockchain-certified shipment of one of its products, Bugisu Blue, arrived in South Africa last month. Although he declined to give the size of the shipment, he did say that it was “several tonnes”.
The International Coffee Organisation (ICO) has rated Uganda as the largest exporter of coffee in Africa, producing the highest quality beans on the continent. It predominantly cultivates the robusta variety and also has extensive fields of arabica trees, but its limited domestic processing capacity means the country exports nearly all of its beans in raw form. Uganda would like to increase coffee exports from the current level of around four million 60 kg bags per year. Last October, it was reported that the Ugandan Government, in collaboration with DALA, an Ethereum-based ERC-20 token, are developing a blockchain-powered renewable energy economy.