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Mikafi Roasting Platform
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The idea of decentralizing and democratizing the process of coffee roasting was born on a coffee farm in Columbia in 2015, and further elaborated in the master thesis of Marius Disler. With the support of the Gebert Rüf Stiftung first concepts and prototypes of a digital connected roastery based on electricity as well as the business case to enable coffee businesses to roast onsite were proven.
With further research activities in collaboration with various universities as well as a swiss government research grant, concepts of personalizing coffee by roasting were developed. Together with our IoT roasting machine, software and cloud services we are now connecting the tech dots and data science into one digital roasting platform.
Nowadays, coffee selling businesses are dependent on today’s roasters mainly roasting with gas. With stale coffee, limited choice, not nearly enough information on flavor, transparency or roasting style they can not meet the constantly growing consumers expectations.
Today’s coffee roasters harm nature. Because of used gas for heating and long transportation distances between supply chain intermediaries. Roasting bigger quantities of coffee with electricity is not possible because big coffee roasting machines solely use gas. Exchanging gas with electricity does not bring any financial value for today’s roasting companies.
Mikafi aims to activate the circular coffee economy and increase the relationship between coffee selling businesses and their community. In this way, we shift the process of roasting into the coffee selling locations and provide the most sustainable, fresh & personalized coffee experience.
We digitalize and democratize the process of coffee roasting with a convenient service. To increase sustainability along the value chain and set a new quality coffee experience for the consumer by merging the sensory and digital coffee experience.
Our vision is to decentralize the coffee process and enable every coffee serving company to roast and sell their own sustainable coffee on the spot without the need of expertise. Hospitality companies as restaurants, coffee shops and hotels as well as other businesses should be able to serve the freshest and individualized coffee as possible to their guests.
Mikafi’s roasting infrastructure enables these businesses to buy green coffee from importers, create coffee roasting profiles and apply it with one click to a fleet of IoT coffee roasting machines in different locations. So they can sell fresh roasted coffee to their consumers onsite and online as well as learn from their taste preferences through an exciting digital experience.
Now it’s the time to gather the developed technology and build a roasting platform to enable coffee businesses to buy green beans directly from farms, roast coffee without expertise in their stores reducing up to 98% of CO2 compared to state-of-the-art solutions and sell fresh coffee based on their consumers taste preferences online.
The timing could not be better: The global demand for quality coffee has never been bigger. Increasing consumer expectations regarding taste, freshness and transparency prove the urge to launch a sustainable decentralized coffee roastery.
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Special Prize Question 1: How does your project or idea make use of local resources, such as materials and knowledge, to tackle its challenge?
Coffee preferences are as diverse as our society. We want to give a voice to local communities to personalize their coffee experiences and enjoy coffee moments they love.
Within those communities Mikafi’s roasting infrastructure enables local businesses to offer their unique coffee products, based on their guests needs. After buying green coffee from importers, they can apply the predicted roasting profile on their own IoT coffee roasting machines to exceed their guests expectations. Now they can sell fresh roasted coffee onsite and online as well as learn from their guests taste preferences through an exciting digital experience.
A digital taste language was developed. To have a common understanding of coffee taste along the value chain to but especially to compare taste experiences with others, experts and locals.
Special Prize Question 2: How does your project or idea sustain its activities through the involvement of the local community?
Local communities can roast coffee based on local taste preferences. They are able to digitally define, understand and enjoy the whole coffee experience from the farmer, to roasting and enjoy their most beloved beverage as fresh as possible. For the first time they can exchange their taste preferences and sensations on freshly roasted coffee online with their local communities, measure up with experts and reorder.
The digital and physical marketplace guarantees fairness, sustainability and traceability along the value chain.
Special Prize Question 3: How does your project or idea eliminate waste or pollution while regenerating natural resources?
If local shops will use our Coffee Roasting Platform, roast and sell coffee on the spot, no gas is used for coffee roasting, no plastic vacuum bags are needed and distribution distances are shortened. This will enable ultimate freshness and sustainable experiences.
Therefore, this roasting machine offers the world's most beloved coffee experiences by putting electric roasting at heart. With this decentralized IoT roastery based on electricity we produce 98% less of CO2 compared to gas roasters, transform roasting into a consumer experience, enable full transparency along the supply chain and involve the consumers preferences in the decision-making process.
Not only that, but this project also has social responsibility:
- No poverty and zero hunger: If we enable hospitality companies to roast their own coffee, we cut today's roaster off the current value chain and pay farmers fairly, who are then able to cover their living costs.
- Good health and Well-being: If hospitality companies roast their own coffee, consumers can enjoy a fresher and personalized coffee experience.
- Quality education: If we work together with certified importers, farmers get educated on building their plants sustainably.
- Decent Work and Economic Groth: If we pay fair salaries to farmers, money is invested in the least developed countries.
- Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure: If we work with certified importers, we access small- scale enterprises, in particular in developing countries, to financial services and integration into value chains and markets.
- Responsible Consumption and Production: If hospitality companies show the process of roasting as well as provide information about their roast, customers consume coffee more consciously.