Starbucks to Use Azure to Track Coffee Supply Chain

As planned, customers of coffee shops will be able to track the movement of coffee from the country of origin to their cup
07 May 2019   810

Starbucks uses Microsoft’s Azure Blockchain service to control the coffee production process, Geekwire reports.

Starbucks’s work on integrating the blockchain into its operations began in 2018 with a grain-in-a-cup initiative aimed at tracking coffee supplies from farmers from Costa Rica, Colombia and Rwanda. It was assumed that customers of coffee shops will be able to track the movement of coffee from the country of origin to their cup. In addition, with the help of its blockchain initiative, Starbucks expects to expand the financial capabilities of planters.

As noted in the company, the results of the pilot project will be open to all interested participants. To implement the task, they contacted Microsoft and its division Azure.

According to Geekwire, the two companies presented many joint initiatives at the Build conference held on Monday, organized by Microsoft. Other projects are associated, for example, with the predicted order processing “on the go” and the addition of equipment to coffee shops that has connection to the Internet of Things.

Microsoft announced the launch of the blockchain-as-service service of Azure Blockchain last week, calling Quorum, developed by JPMorgan on the Ethereum codebase, as the first supported blockchain.

Microsoft to Launch Azure Blockchain Tokens Platform

The platform is targeted at the enterprise-level customers, which are offered a set of token templates with the necessary properties
05 November 2019   182

Microsoft has launched the Azure Blockchain Tokens platform, designed to simplify enterprises deploying and managing tokens for various tasks.

Corporate customers are offered a set of token templates with the necessary properties, explained CoinDesk Microsoft Chief Architect Marley Gray.

The templates were created by members of the Token Taxonomy Initiative (TTI), previously launched by Microsoft in conjunction with the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA). Other TTI members include IBM and Intel, Hyperledger and R3 consortia, Digital Asset Holdings, and ConsenSys, a blockchain startup.

The EEA clarified that the templates on the platform are not yet commercial products, but their specifications can already be downloaded.