• Organic coffee: How would you fare working on an organic farm?

    August 30, 2016 Comments: 3

    The organic movement started in the early 20th century, in response to the growing use of chemicals in farming. Chemical pesticides marked a huge leap forward for large-scale farming, but many preferred to use more ‘natural’ farming methods. Today, organic products are big business in their own right. Ethiopian farmers with the Water Wise Coffee... View Article


  • Four amazing water sustainability projects

    August 27, 2016 Comments: 16

    Sustainable development is a phrase you hear a lot these days. It refers to a way of doing things that meet the needs of people right now in a way that doesn’t compromise the planet for future generations. There’s a whole UN report on it here. Sustainable water projects generally have two elements — the... View Article


  • Seven coffee shops you need to know about around the world

    August 25, 2016 Comments: 4

    The language of coffee is international, so for all you globetrotters we’ve rounded up seven coffee shops around the world that you simply have to know about — check them out next time you’re off travelling, and let us know what you think. 1) Brazil: Confeitaria Colombo If you’re in Rio de Janeiro you’re probably... View Article


  • Coffee rust: Another problem for coffee farmers

    August 20, 2016 Comments: 4

    Although Water Wise helps coffee farmers address the problem of water pollution, that isn’t the only problem affecting coffee farmers around the world. Coffee rust — or coffee leaf rust — is a disease affecting coffee plants. It can be devastating to a coffee crop and menaces specialty coffee farming all around the world. While... View Article


  • World Barista Championship: Five things you need to know

    August 16, 2016 Comments: 6

    World Barista Championship: Five things you need to know A good barista is like a guru of the coffee-making world. A veritable artist of coffee. And we’re not talking about those clever designs in your cappuccino foam — although, let’s face it, that is art and they can do that too — we’re talking world-class... View Article


  • Road to Rio: 4 Rio Coffee Shops to Check Out This Summer

    July 12, 2016 Comments: 5

    We are all excited for the Summer Olympics happening this summer in sunny Brazil. The incredible talent from all over the world, the energy from the excited fans, and the delicious Brazilian food to be experienced is more than enough reason to find yourself in Brazil this summer. Here’s one more, Brazilian coffee. As you... View Article


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    Coffee and Economics: The Numbers #2

    May 25, 2015 Comments: 4

    Because coffee is so important to Ethiopia’s economy, and so many people in Ethiopia rely on coffee for their livelihood, the price of coffee is very important to them. As you probably know, coffee prices fluctuate on the global market depending on supply and demand so, for example, when World War II broke out and... View Article


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    Coffee and Economics: The Numbers #1

    May 19, 2015 Comments: 2

    Ethiopia has a population of about 97 million people and its economy (measured as Gross Domestic Product, or GDP) is growing strongly at about 7%. That’s the 24th highest in the world. Agriculture is the most important sector in Ethiopia’s economy and coffee is one of the country’s most important exports. Coffee production in Ethiopia... View Article


  • Reducing Water Usage to Reduce Wastewater

    May 19, 2015 Comments: 3

    Separating out coffee pulp and using Vetiver grass to absorb wastewater is very effective in keeping pollution out of the Sidama coffee region’s rivers. However, it is important that we also address one of the root causes of the problem: the large amount of water used by traditional wet mills. That water, after all, is... View Article


  • Four men tallie the coffee cherries as they arrive at the Water Wise Coffee wet mill.

    Who owns the Wet Mills?

    May 17, 2015 Comments: 3

    When the wet mills are in operation and scores of people are working washing, drying and sorting the coffee beans it’s easy to forget that there must be an owner behind the scenes, and that person is generally not the ‘Industry Manager’ who is overseeing the workers. The wet mills in the Sidama coffee region... View Article