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Starbucks teams up with Microsoft for blockchain-based coffee tracking platform

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MILAN – Starbucks will implement Microsoft ’s Azure Blockchain Service to track coffee production, according to a report from GeekWire. The Seattle-based coffee chain first announced its “bean to cup” initiative in 2018, stating that it would work with farmers in Costa Rica, Colombia, and Rwanda to pilot a blockchain-based coffee-tracking system.

The system will purportedly allow customers to track the production of their coffee and will open up potential financial opportunities for coffee bean farmers on the backend.


Starbucks further noted that they would open source the pilot program to disseminate their findings.

Starbucks and Microsoft presented a number of joint initiatives today at Microsoft’s Build Conference, GeekWire reports.

The other projects reportedly include predictive drive-thru ordering and connecting Internet-of-Things (IoT)-enabled equipment at different cafe locations.

Microsoft’s Azure Blockchain Service was just announced on May 2, as recently reported by Cointelegraph.