2020 Seeds Fund Recipient
This Seeds grant will support improvements to the Idido and Koke wastewater treatment systems in Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia. These systems currently overflow during peak harvest, threatening contamination of the nearby river. The Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU) will use funds from this grant to plant vetivar, a deep rooting grass capable of tolerating and absorbing pollutants in wastewater. The project will keep the coffee processed from over 3,000 member farmers sustainable and free from environmental contamination.
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.