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APP ALLOWS CONSUMERS TO ‘TIP’ COFFEE FARMERS DIRECTLY

APP ALLOWS CONSUMERS TO ‘TIP’ COFFEE FARMERS DIRECTLY



An app has been developed that enables consumers to ‘tip’ the Colombian coffee farmers who produced their coffee in a traceable, transparent, secure way.

The tips are used to boost pension funds, support female farmers, and provide education for their children.

The tipping and traceability platform is called ‘propina,’ which means ‘tip’ in Spanish. It actually consists of two apps, ‘propina Business’ for corporate partners, and ‘propina Tip Your Farmer’ for consumers.

propina Business allows consumers to send tips when purchasing coffee. The tips will directly fund a pension for the farmer, administered by the state-funded institution Colpensiones. The tip is traceable and transparent, so consumers can be confident that their money is supporting the person that grew their coffee. Supply chain traceability technology confirms the origin of the coffee. propina uses spectrometry, GPS and cloud technology to trace the coffee from seed to cup.

propina Tip Your Farmer allows consumers to send tips from anywhere, receive photos and video directly from the farm, trace the origin of their coffee and communicate directly with their coffee farmers. When tips are not directly linked to a farm, the funds will be sent to a general fund designed to support female coffee farmers in the Associación de Mujeres Caficultoras del Cauca (AMUCC), as well as to a school set up for the thousands of children of coffee farmers.

The propina team partnered with technology incubator TECNiCAFÉ, in Colombia and Supracafé in Madrid, Spain to support the initiatives focusing on women and children in the coffee sector.

The team also plans to begin piloting propina Credit, which will extend loans to farmers on the platform, providing economic viability and a sustainable future. The goal is to provide development capital and savings to farmers in Colombia and other coffee producing countries around the world through the propina platform.

Crawford Hawkins, founder and CEO of propina, said, “Inequalities are pervasive in the global coffee market. But with propina, consumers can send a tip directly to the farm, a tip that will not be squandered and will grow like a coffee tree for the farmer and his family in the form of a pension. The cornerstone of the platform is traceability. We trace the tip, the coffee and the communication between farmer and consumer.”

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  1. David Joelson

    Technology might help the crisis faced by growers – tips per cup are small to consumers but huge to farmer….a 25c tip for a cup of coffee at say 40 cups per lb roasted amounts to about $10/lb roasted or perhaps $8-8.50 per lb green. And the technology can distribute the funds to the producer at very low cost.

    Unless this kind of program is only available to a very small number of producers, it is doubtful that the industry supply chain of today can assure that the coffee in the cup is correctly identified to the producer who grew it. The perhaps blasphemous question is, does that really matter as long as the money supports a coffee producer who might have grown that coffee?

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