What do you know about coffee?
Coffee is integral to many Ethiopians, both socially and economically. With that comes a lot of responsibility, often with negative impacts on the environment that happen as part of the coffee production process. To feel passionately for the environment and also for a process that pollutes water is a heavy burden for many Ethiopian coffee farmers and wet mill workers.
Many of us take water for granted, but Ethiopians in the Sidama coffee region have a clearer idea of our impact on the Earth. They see how they directly impact the environment and how it changes their way of life. Many Ethiopians have watched rivers they played in as children, washed themselves in, and used for cooking become polluted as a result of coffee processing. When the rivers are polluted they don’t just lose clean water, they lose an important part of their everyday life. They lose something they could pass down to their children.
Every day, many of us drink coffee. It is an important part of our routines, social lives, and community. This is something we directly share with Ethiopian culture. To show our love of coffee, we can show our love to Ethiopia and all the workers who bring the beans to our cups. The Water Wise Coffee™ project is helping coffee producers in Ethiopia tackle the waste generated by wet mills and cleans up the rivers that so many local people love and rely on. We do it in a sustainable, innovative way, using Vetiver grass and composting practices.
The families you are helping
The people of the Sidama coffee region may live half a world away from you, but you are connected to them. If you started your morning with a cup of coffee, you might have been drinking the harvest from their small farms. Coffee farming and processing is difficult and time-consuming, but it’s a process many Ethiopians are proud to be a part of. They don’t need to choose between two passions, their environment and coffee production, because with the Water Wise Coffee project the two can coexist without negative impact. Donate to help Ethiopia’s coffee industry and culture thrive for many generations to come.
Let us show you how.