CeriTech: Improving Post-Harvest Coffee Processing through IoT

I am Founder and working as IoT hardware engineer to build IoT infrastructure for post-harvest coffee processing.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria and terms of the Act for Biodiversity Challenge and that I am eligible to apply.
  • I am 18 years old or older.

Initiative's representative name

1. Aldi Ardian Raharja (CEO of CeriTech) 2. Ahmad Radhy (CTO of CeriTech)

Initiative's representative date of birth

1. 3 November 2. 13 November

Initiative's representative gender

  • Man

Headquarters location: country

  • Indonesia

Headquarters location: city

Bandung, Indonesia

Where are you making a difference?

Bandung, West Java, Indonesia.

Website or social media url(s)

www.ceritech.id, @ceritech.id (instagram)

Date Started

March/2019

Project Stage

  • Start-up (first few activities have happened)

Yearly Budget : What is your current yearly budget for the initiative?

  • €1k - €10k

Organization Type

  • For-profit

1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this project to succeed.

For few years, Aldi involved and get along with some of local coffee farmers. From the interaction, Aldi get lot of insight of how is the coffee processing, including on farm practices. From there, the root of problem which was their traditional and non data practices, slowly unfolded. Early 2019, Aldi met Radhy, and together they develop Ceritech. Their first project was actually funded by Kang Yadi, the coffee farmer itself, to build a monitoring system for his needs. Azmy join later on to comply with software needs. For the half year, they already received many recognizition, both nationally and internationally.

2. The problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

Indonesia as the world’s fourth-largest coffee producer and exporter surprisingly still using traditional, trial and error practices to process its own coffee. Most of coffee farmers and producers still rely on information based on trial and error to process coffee cherry to coffee beans. This non-data driven processing of coffee, leads to inconsistent and even low quality coffee. it is important to improve and encourage the producer to have a better practices in coffee processing activities.

3. Your solution: How are you working to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

Our solution is CeriTech, a monitoring and data acquisition system for coffee beans processing using Internet of Things (IoT). It consist of two subsystem, one for fermentation process called CeriFer, and the one for drying called CeriGar. CeriTech monitor and collect variables that proven to be the most important aspect to be monitored in order to achieve high quality and maintain consistency. Then the data could be the basis for further treatment and/or practices to improve each process. In order to achieve high quality and consistent coffee, fermentation process should be done in proper and detailed manner. With CeriFer, fermentation process could be monitored perfectly by collecting and delivering data in real time to user (coffee farmers/producers). Variables that most important in the process such as pH, temperature, and humidity then recorded and monitored. The system could also send alert to the user if the variables exceeded the threshold number that set by the user to get the desired fermentation result.

4. Innovation: How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solve the problem?

CeriTech’s technology is based on the Internet of Things (IoT) integrated with smart sensor able to collect data for monitoring every day on drying coffee beans and fermentation process. The duration of monitoring could be set as well as the monitoring results are also directly connected and recorded on AWS cloud database. IoT technology updates information of drying and fermentation process of their coffee beans in real-time. The core of technology in this project is how applying sensors through IoT to monitor physical quantities affect the quality of coffee beans, what is the relationship between environmental condition inside drying house and outside drying house can be processed by statistical analysis (Machine Learning).

5. Collaboration: How does your initiative seek to bring key players together to preserve biodiversity?

The product still on pilot project phase. We always validated our products by interviewing coffee farmers and follow thoroughly the activites of their coffee processing. We centered our solution based on the user’s main problem, and carefully considering many others issues to be as comprehensive as possible. We have piloted project in Bandung West java on Early May 2019 for users who are: - Kopi Florist. Small coffee company in Bandung, Indonesia founded by Yadi Mulyadi, smallholder coffee farmer that produce speciality coffee from their own farm. - Mayangsari Coffee. Small coffee processor in Bandung, Indonesia founded by Ari, young coffee farmers that dreamt to take his coffee to next level - Mr.Aceng. Smallholder coffee farmers in Bandung, Indonesia that are thriving to learn better coffee processing. We have also piloted project in Aceh Sumatera on December 2019 for almost users who are:  Avatara project, coffee processor in Takengon, founded by Hendra Maulizar.

6. Impact: how has your project made a difference so far — in terms of both business outputs and social impact? How do you plan on measuring progress?

In terms of real time monitoring of coffee processing, there is no competitors. In terms of technical, our competitors would be the conventional measuring tools for environment condition. What distinguishes us from them are we could monitor the condition in real time, stored and access the data remotely by mobile apps, whereas their tools need to be monitored manually. Currently there is no company focused on real time monitoring cloud based system using Internet of Things in the coffee processing area that we might know of who might become one are the other start up who might think the same concept.

7. Growth strategies: what are your main strategies for scaling your impact?

We will overcome with early exposure and networking with coffee farmers. Government exposure, media and private sector highlights will become our channel to to show that we are the first one to build the system and spread the triumph of increasing the farmer’s income. Our solution could monitor the condition of fermentation and drying process of coffee in real time and the data could easily accessible from any device, using cloud data system. Our USP would be: “ Better Coffee for Better Sustainability”.

8. Creating shared value: How does your initiative create value for society? Or different stakeholders?

Improve the quality of coffee beans produced by coffee farmers and processors. With an improved quality, the price of the goods will also be increased. The flexibility and resilience to price change will be increased, as the products now have more bargaining point to get the best value out of the market. This impact could affect the financial sustainability of the coffee farmers. With the globalization and urbanization trends increasing, the job as coffee farmers is in a brink of elimination in the future. Coffee farming in Indonesia is still considered as a non secure job financially, some are still see the job as a bonus as to other farming area.

9. Financial sustainability plan: can you tell us about your plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?

we will collaborate closely with related government body and utilize programs already implemented. “Perhutanan Sosial (Social Forestry)” is government’s legal programs that enable communities to participate in managing forests and get economic benefits. Implication of this program is that farmers who could have a legal right and standing to act, actively seek and propose direct aid, development funds or grant from any formal legal source, such as Company Social Responsibility (CSR) from companies or other funds from related body. We will align our solution as an option for the coffee farmers to improve their coffee processing.

10. Team: what is the current composition of your current team (types of roles, qualifications, full-time vs. part-time, board members, etc.), and how do you plan to evolve the team’s composition as the project grows?

1. Aldi Ardian Raharja as CEO leads us to work full time. 2. Ahmad Radhy as CTO works to make new technology and innovation.

11. How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Social media
  • Search engine

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