Changing lives with water

Buy a coffee from us this week and you’ll be helping a nationwide fundraising effort to bring clean drinking water and sanitation to a rural coffee growing community in northern Ethiopia.

Coffee shops nationwide will be supporting UK Coffee Week from 16th-22nd April, which aims to raise over £300,000 this year for Project Waterfall, the coffee industry’s charity. This year’s project is to bring clean water to around 7,000 people in the Amhara region of Ethiopia.

Our cafés in Staverton and Yealmpton, along with the Tapas Bar in Totnes, will be donating 5p from every cup of coffee sold and running other promotions to raise money. You can win a great hamper full of goodies – a 1 litre Bodum coffee pot, fresh coffee, biscuits and chocolate – if you guess the number of beans in the jar correctly!

Some of us can be quite fussy about the kind of coffee we drink but we probably don’t even think about the water that goes into making a cup.  But coffee is a very water intensive crop, so it’s ironic that some of these people have no access to safe drinking water for their families.

We’re proud to be supporting an initiative that can change lives. I don’t think we have any idea what it would be like to have to walk miles to collect water that isn’t fit to drink every day, so supporting UK Coffee Week seemed like the least we could do.

Since 2011 Project Waterfall has delivered clean drinking water to over 27,000 people in Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Kenya, Vietnam and Uganda. This year’s project focuses on Ethiopia – often considered the home of coffee, where only 39% of people have access to basic safe water and for basic sanitation only 7%.

Availability of clean water is the first step in breaking the poverty cycle and it improves the health and well-being of communities – diseases caused by dirty water are the leading cause of death for children under 5 years old.

100% of the funds raised during UK Coffee Week 2018 will directly support Project Waterfall.