• 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


  • 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 young boy standing beside his house.

    Teach a Man to Fish…

    April 30, 2015 Comments: 2

    Studies have shown that working to improve agriculture is a very effective way of moving people out of poverty.  A 2014 report by DiFID, the UK’s development agency, notes that poverty reduction from development in agriculture is “on average two to four times greater” than from development in other sectors. Improvements to agriculture are so... 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


  • Photo of woman picking coffee cherries.


    April 24, 2015 Comments: 4

    An ambitious goal like cleaning up the whole Kola River requires cooperation. That’s exactly why Water Wise Coffee has partnered with TechnoServe, a US-based nonprofit organization with valuable technical expertise and years of experience supporting coffee farmers in East Africa. Since 1968, TechnoServe has worked with enterprising people in more than 40 developing countries to... View Article



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