• 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

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  • Water Wise Coffee wet mill employees watch the pulping machine to ensure everything is running smoothly.

    Establishing a Wet Mill

    May 8, 2015 Comments: 3

    When a farming cooperative or a private investor decides to establish a wet mill, the first thing to do is to find an appropriate site. There are several important criteria for a wet mill site. First the wet mill needs plenty of space for the drying trays and all the equipment. Second, it needs access... View Article

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  • Coffee cherry pulp is filtered through a water sluice in the wet mill.

    The Process at the Wet Mill

    May 5, 2015 Comments: 14435

    The wet mills are sometimes known as coffee washing stations, and when you know a bit about the process at the wet mill, it’s easy to see why. Once the coffee cherries have been harvested and delivered they are fed into the pulping machine that separates the cherry skin and fruit from the seed (which... View Article

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  • Photo of woman with her child

    The Community

    April 28, 2015 Comments: 3

    Most of the people who live in the villages along the Kola River are coffee farmers and their families making the success of the coffee crop and the smooth running of the wet mill important to the whole community. The wet mills are important local businesses so, for example, the Dobena Whicho wet mill, a... View Article

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  • 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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  • Photo of two people working in the wet mill.

    Changing People’s Lives

    March 25, 2015 Comments: 69

    We need water to survive. It is inarguably one of the most important resources we have, so it’s good that 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered in it. But not all water is the same. Just a few years ago, villagers along the Kola River in Ethiopia’s Sidama coffee region were faced with river water... View Article

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