Our new partnership marks a significant step in deterring counterfeit coffee by protecting the reputation of an important speciality crop.
Relying on the tenets of science, the Hawaii Coffee Association (HCA) has inked an agreement with Oritain to build a statewide “Origin Fingerprint” database to verify the origins of Hawaii-grown coffee.
Oritain uses scientific testing to measure a product’s stable isotopes and trace elements and verify its origin. The methodology originated in the criminal forensic field and has since been peer-reviewed in scientific journals over the last two decades.
Oritain runs this data through its statistical models to produce an “Origin Fingerprint” that it then uses to test subsequent samples as they move through the supply chain. Any samples that are inconsistent with the “Origin Fingerprint,” have likely been adulterated.
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