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Bellwether

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Mission

Bellwether is a venture-backed startup from California, aiming to change the coffee industry. Its main product are their zero-emission electric coffee roasters, which roast batches of coffee beans with customizable roasting profiles. Also, they run a marketplace that sources high-quality, sustainable coffee beans.

Impact

Into their impact, they highlight principles like quality, traceability, and sustainability. All of this while maintaining relationships with coffee growers, markets, and cooperatives. Moreover, its impact relies on understanding the whole supply chain, starting with coffee farmers.

Services

The venture has a suite of apps to manage their systems, with apps for roasters and marketplaces, and administration apps. But, moreover, they wanted to update their quality, since most of them were on their first version. As a result, we provided this service as an on-demand extension of their team.

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Goal

Their goal is to make coffee roasting accessible for everyone. To achieve this, they mix tradition and modernity, redefining thermal stability in roasters. “The world is turning towards renewable energy. Electric-powered coffee roasting is the future!”

Story

Bellwether arose when its founders noticed thay traditional coffee roasters had a single-pass system. With this system, cool air from outside gets flash-heated, and it’s released through ventilation stacks. As a result, air becomes susceptible to environmental factors, like humidity, and temperature. And, furthermore, it can cause unpredictable changes in the processes. After this, the entrepreneurship noted that, without precise thermal monitoring, measuring environmental variables impacts on roasters was hard.

The Bellwether Roaster was created as the most sustainable coffee roaster around the world. To achieve this, it minimizes environmental impact, both in terms of air quality and energy usage. Moreover, it’s well-insulated with multiple thermal probes, and pressure sensors that offer a high degree of precision. With these advances, a wide variety of external factors that have made historically hard to replicate roasts gets erased. As a summary, it allows users to be aware of what’s happening within the roaster.

Challenges

Our main challenge was leveling their apps quality with their products’. In order to do so, we enable the most advanced tech to improve its functionalities. On top of that, we put special focus in the environmental factor.

This updates include a variety of improvements on UX/UI design, and development. Besides, we improve their documentation and quality assurance. Summarizing, the dare was to make coffee roasting sustainable and accessible to all.

Solutions

Worth Mentioning:

We’ve been working in a great variety of projects with Bellwether. To list some, we have work on design, development, documentation, and quality control. On top of that, we’ve worked across different teams from the organization. This joint work got us excellent and fulfilling feedback from them. As a result, we matured all their systems right after their MVP.

Technologies:

For a project of this magnitude, we combined React for the front-end, and Node.JS for the back-end. Besides, we included the Amazon Web Service’s cloud computing platform, MongoDB’s database, and RedUX’s state management. Moreover, we worked with Atlaskit’s UI library, using Appcues to create an onboarding experience for customer-facing apps.

Strategy:

Capicua created the version 2.0 of the administrative app, with a seamless user experience. In order to do so, we immerse ourselves on users needs and systems functionality. As a result, we developed several applications, which communicate between each others within the Bellwether suite. Moreover, our design team built iterative design cycles to satisfy all app users.

Services:

Nowadays, we keep assisting their QA team, by testing batches of code throughout the development process. Also, we facilitate communications between devs and QA professionals. Furthermore, our team has the app fully documented, to ensure it meets users goals, while assisting the QA team.

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