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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


  • Photo of hands holding coffee cherries

    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


  • A woman sorts through coffee beans to ensure all beans in this batch are of the highest quality.

    Coffee Beans #2: Grading Green Coffee Beans

    May 4, 2015 Comments: 2

    If you’re a coffee drinker you will know that the quality of your coffee can vary. Mostly the coffee that sold for export is the higher quality coffee. In Ethiopia much of the poorer quality coffee is kept back for local consumption, but even then there can be some variation. The quality of the coffee... View Article


  • Photo of a man holding sack of coffee beans

    The Farmers

    April 29, 2015 Comments: 2

    Most farming in Ethiopia is subsistence smallholder farming – in fact, the majority of farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa are smallholder farmers. According to the African Smallholder Farmers Group, more than 65% of Africa’s population depends on small-scale or micro-scale farming for their livelihoods. There are an estimated 500 million smallholder farms globally. The farmers who... View Article


  • Map of Sidama region, where the coffee beans are harvested from.

    So Where Exactly are We?

    April 25, 2015 Comments: 4

    The Water Wise Coffee wet mills are in Ethiopia’s Sidama coffee region – that is a zone in the south of the country in an area known as the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR). The Sidama coffee region’s population comes in at under four million people, according to government figures. The total population... View Article



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