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How a Seattle startup is using blockchain and virtual reality to upend the global coffee market (Geekwire)

Originally published by Geekwire Onda Origins co-founder Scott Tupper at the cafe on the Microsoft campus that sells its coffee. (Microsoft Photo) I’m sitting in the cafeteria of Building 25 on the sprawling Microsoft headquarters with an Oculus Rift headset strapped on my head. Swiveling from side to side, looking like a fool to anyone who doesn’t know what I’m up to, I virtually meet Enrique Navarro, a coffee grower based in Costa Rica. He shows me around his operation and describes the effort of turning his crops into cups of coffee in Seattle. This virtual reality experience is just one example of how a Seattle startup called Onda Origins aims to transform the coffee business. The latest move is a foray...

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Interview with grower Enrique Navarro Jr.

We asked one of our first growers eleven questions about his life on the farm, his relationship with end consumers, and what he likes to do for fun.   Name: Enrique Navarro Jr.  Farm: Estate Monte Copey  What one thing should people who drink your coffee know about you? All our work on the farm is directed towards a constant improvement in quality to satisfy the final consumers. So my commitment to produce the best cup in the world increases day by day.  What one thing would you like to know about the people who drink your coffee? For me, the opinion of my clients is very important, since it is the motivation to continue producing coffee, and to know what...

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Person of Interest: Paul Tupper (Baby & Company)

See original post at Baby & Company. Baby & Company is always excited to find fellow businesses dedicated to sustainable practices. The moment we were introduced to the founders of new coffee brand Onda Origins, Paul and Scott Tupper, we knew we were in the presence of true innovation. This week we peek inside the startup world and ask Onda's president, Paul Tupper, about the importance of high-transparency and how he distinguishes his business in the nation's coffee capital.  How did Onda Origins take shape? Tupper: Before Onda, I worked in ecotourism, environmental education, and fundraising for environmental nonprofits. I had lived in a high altitude coffee region in Costa Rica (working as a naturalist guide) and developed a fascination with the intersection between coffee,...

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Looking back at our journey

YEAR IN REVIEW In 2016, we created Onda Origins to disrupt two unsettling trends in the global market: (1) grower earnings are not proportional to the value they add at the ground level, and (2) knowing the real impact of your purchase is hard.Our solution was to bring together growers and drinkers of world class coffee to create positive change. Nearly two years have passed since Onda Origins was born, and we wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on some of the things we are most proud of.     Connecting with our growers In the very early days of Onda, Costa Rican grower Enrique Navarro lived with us in Seattle and learned English by taking UW Business courses...

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New initiative aims to deliver on the promise of blockchain for identity (Devex)

See original post at Devex. Over the weekend, during a blockchain summit organized on Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island, the World Identity Network was launched. The new initiative aims to leverage distributed ledger technology, better known as blockchain, to catalyze progress toward universal identification. And while the launch may have taken place at a luxury private island, the aim is to benefit the 2 billion people living without recognized identification documents. “The use cases of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies are diverse, with stronger value-add in developing countries,” Mariana Dahan, a former World Bank official and driving force behind the Identification for Development agenda who will lead the World Identity Network initiative, told Devex. “Blockchain’s disintermediating potential is being tried out...

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