In some areas of the world, the wet milling process of extracting beans from the coffee cherries produces organic waste that can pollute local water supplies. The Water Wise Coffee program financed by Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee is a non-profit established to help mill owners naturally filter water by using sustainable vetiver grass.
“In just 24 months, independent test results on the areas that have been treated by the program have shown dramatic improvement in water quality and living conditions for the people who depend on the rivers for their water supply,” according to the company. Twenty-six wet mills now have grass wetlands and Mother Parkers is committed to converting all 220 accessible wet mills in the Sidama coffee region by 2020.
Mother Parkers announced it will match up to $100,000 in public donations, in addition to its multi-year funding commitment.
Learn more: www.waterwisecoffee.com