“Wastewater itself is a valuable resource, even the term wastewater is an oxymoron. We need to stop seeing it as a burden to be dealt with. It’s not a waste and should not be a waste, especially in this world of water scarcity.” –Richard Connor, editor-in-chief of the United Nations’ 2017 World Water Development Report … More 23. Happy World Water Day!
Awhile back, Paul Hicks touched on taking another look at the water footprint methodology for coffee in this post. This post is a continuation of that conversation and will consider a few more items that need to be thought of when discussing the water footprint of coffee. It is important to understand its current limitations … More 22. Revisiting Coffee’s Water Footprint
Below is a post recently posted on the CRS Coffeelands Blog that I authored to describe the new watershed management tool they have been working to build. Knowledge-based Coffee Watershed Management We know a lot about sustainable agricultural practices, and the specialty coffee industry has been a pioneer in incentivizing farmers to adapt good practices. … More 21. Calculating Water Benefits On Coffee Farms
If there’s one thing I know about the coffee industry, it’s that we love being sustainable. We wear it like an industrial badge of honor. We have solar roasters, compostable cups, bio-degradable bags, community gardens, and my personal favorite, shops with rainwater catchment systems—but there are many times when I think we’ve missed the forest … More 19. Sustaining Sustainability
Do we? It’s been three months since SCAA’s Symposium and I have been reflecting on several statements I heard while in Seattle. There were several that struck me, but the primary one was that 85% of wet mills do not use proven water efficient technology, as emphasized by Paul Hicks’ keynote. In their book Freakonomics, … More 18. Do We Really Care About Water?
There are several ideas that have stuck with me through the last couple years. One of them was presented to me by a dinosaur hand puppet with lipstick and a purple hat. I was watching an early 90’s training video on the water cycle and this dinosaur was explaining water in prehistoric times and said, … More 15. Thoughts on Symposium 2015: Coffee & Water (Part 1)
I love Cincinnati coffee culture. It’s an exciting time to be a coffee loving veteran or a newcomer in the Queen City. I believe we’re beginning to hit our stride, and this became obvious to me in this past week’s barista competition, “Taste is King” hosted at BLOC coffee. Though my performance was not to … More 10. Why We Should Care About Cincinnati Coffee
It’s been awhile. Turns out graduate school is just a little bit harder than undergrad. Honestly though, I thought my undergrad engineering homework was impossible. There is a faint light at the end of the tunnel and that is my thesis (fingers crossed). Aside from coffee leaf rust, the industry’s other major environmental concern is … More 8. Preliminary Thoughts on Wet-mill Water Use at Origin
First and foremost, my goal is never to diminish the work of those who are pouring their lives into helping solve the water crisis across the globe. I do not claim to be an expert on this work and I have a lot to learn regarding international development. However, in light of social media events … More 7. Perspective: Drilling Wells
Though I have yet to complete the ALS Ice Bucket challenge (video is forthcoming), I will complete it with a sound conscience as a M.S. student in environmental engineer studying hydrology and here’s why (warning: math ahead). Last night it rained heavily in Cincinnati. Approximately 1.5 inches of rain fell during the extremely loud thunderstorm: … More 6. ALS Challenge and Water Consumption