ACE announces partnership with scientific traceability company Oritain

Scientific traceability company, Oritain, is now working with the Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) to verify the origin of coffee submitted for auction in the global Cup of Excellence competition.

With thousands of entries from competitors in over 10 different countries, the Cup of Excellence is the most respected coffee competition in the world, securing the highest value for its farmers and growers while identifying some of the world’s best coffees.

Now, the competition is further cementing its reputation for integrity and transparency through a partnership with scientific traceability company, Oritain. Oritain will analyse coffee from the Cup of Excellence, building up a database of coffee from all over the world that can then be used to prove the origin of coffee.

Through their partnership, both Oritain and ACE aim to provide greater supply chain verification, providing commercial opportunities for coffee farmers, traders and other companies operating in the coffee industry in the future. The ability for coffee farmers to prove the origin of their respected coffee beans will allow them to recognise the true value for their coffee, with buyers safe in the knowledge that the coffee they are paying for is exactly the same coffee they receive.

Everything that is grown, reared, or made, absorbs a unique ratio of elements and nutrients from its environment. This is what Oritain measures; using forensic science, it analyses the natural properties found in coffee and uses the data to create an Origin Fingerprint for that particular coffee bean. Once established, this fingerprint is used to verify the authenticity of that coffee as it moves throughout the supply chain, all the way up to the shop floor.

ACE will be able to introduce this traceability tool in the coffee industry to increase transparency, demonstrate compliance with sustainability and responsible sourcing standards, manage risk and strengthen the reputation of high-level coffee origins. ACE executive director, Darrin Daniel, says: “This partnership is at the cutting edge of verification of origin and we are delighted to begin this partnership as a service for our many stakeholders in the specialty coffee supply chain.”

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