Uganda’s Carico Café Connoisseur Uses Blockchain to Trace Coffee Shipments and Production
If the blockchain technology was really successful and impactful in a specific area, it was certainly the area of shipments and logistics. Carico Café Connoisseur, a Ugandan company, has decided to use the blockchain tech in order to certify and track its coffee shipments. This was made to meet new demands from the clients, which want more information about what they consume.
According to the coffee company, this move would boost the income of the farmers that produce the coffee as people will be willing to pay more for products and food that can be tracked.
The idea is to use the blockchain technology and its decentralized ledger in order to share record data of each sack of coffee as they are planted, harvested, shipped and sent to stores. The technology from the blockchain makes the data harder to tamper with, which makes it more transparent and clear.
Mwambu Wanendeya, the CEO of Carico Café Connoisseur, has talked to the media and affirmed that the first blockchain-certified product of the country, Bugisu Blue, has arrived in its first market, South Africa, in December.
Uganda is a huge market and the larger coffee exporter on the continent, followed by Ethiopia. The International Coffe Organization affirms that the beams of the country have a high quality and variety. However, there is not a processing industry in the country, so almost 100% of the coffee is sold and exported without being processed first.
A blockchain system of certification would allow the consumers to track their coffee and to know more about it. By using a smartphone, users could easily scan the QR code on the packages of coffee and discover the history of the product. The idea is to detail every step of the process from the beams are collected to their inspection and shipment.
This way, the CEO of the company believes, the consumers will know what happens to the coffee and be more well informed. Traceability is also relevant when you have to track any kind of problem with the coffee because you can know where it happened and the farmers will get more rewarded for their hard work, as consumers will be able to pay more to know where exactly that coffee came from.
All of this, the company believes, will transform Uganda into a country with a far more successful coffee industry and also benefit the clients.