»It would be possible to solve this problem by using mioty®«, Dünkler says. For example, sensors could be placed near or on the bags of coffee beans, or in the warehouses to constantly monitor temperature or humidity and then transmit the data for analysis. The recorded data could make it possible to determine the conditions during transport or storage and thus provide meaningful information about the quality of the beans. mioty® is designed for stationary use in a defined area, but through temporary storage of the sensor data, the technology could in principle record data on the move. In addition, mioty® could also be employed in other areas of the manufacturing process; for example, the monitoring of roasting machines.
mioty® – An option for luxury goods?
When considering the various possible applications of mioty® in coffee quality assurance, some questions naturally arise: Why is this important? Does a technological solution like mioty® make any sense at all in this field of application? Coffee is clearly no mere foodstuff; like wine, it is a consumer good for which people have very exacting demands regarding taste – especially in the higher-quality, high-end pricing segment. As Sulzer of Espressone explains: »Customers have high expectations when it comes to the taste and quality of coffee. To meet those expectations, precise quality control is essential. mioty® offers the potential to optimize quality control, especially in transport.«
Lastly, continuous monitoring of environmental influences is not only a question of quality, but also of ecology. For example, mioty® could be used in coffee cultivation as well. The technology could enable more precise control of environmental factors important for cultivation, such as soil moisture. By monitoring quality parameters from cultivation to roasting, it would be possible to conserve resources and reduce crop failures as well as rejections of defective batches. This ultimately also means a gain for profitability in production. Let’s drink a coffee to that!