2020 Seeds Fund Recipient
An often underfunded part of coffee production is wastewater treatment, or the purification of water discarded during coffee washing. The systems are expensive and need to be installed at the point of processing, making it a difficult investment for smallholder farmers who wash coffee on their farm to afford. This grant will help the 29 members of K’uychi in Nariño, Colombia, mount water treatment systems on their farms, not only preventing contaminated water from entering water sources downstream but also allowing the purified water to eventually be reused to nurture crops.
Counter Culture Coffee collects $0.01 from every pound of coffee sold to fund our Seeds program. Annually, $1 per pound of our winter coffee blend, Iridescent, goes to further increase our contribution. Seeds offers financial grants to producers and producer organizations we work with to implement sustainability projects they identify as beneficial. To date, we’ve allocated over $280,000 to Seeds projects.