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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.

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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.