Dogwood Coffee raising money for project in Ethiopia

CARAG — Dogwood Coffee and its customers are raising $10,000 to build a clean water well in Ethiopia, a country where Dogwood buys coffee beans. 

“Water is important to us, and important to coffee — coffee is a beverage that is 98 percent water,” said co-founder Greg Hoyt. “The right we should have as citizens to clean drinking water didn’t quite make it to every part of the world.”

Dogwood is working through a New York-based nonprofit called Charity Water, which matches companies to specific projects.

Hoyt said Dogwood buys a fair amount of coffee from Ethiopia, but its coffee farmers won’t be the ones using the new well. Instead, the well would meet more urgent needs in the Tigray region of Northern Ethiopia, providing clean water to 500 people over the next 20 years.

Every year, Dogwood gives 1 percent of its gross revenue to charity. It seeded this fundraising effort with $3,000, and it will match $3,500 in additional contributions from customers. 

The fundraiser runs through Dec. 31. 

“For us, this is a commitment that keeps larger priorities and issues in front of us,” co-founder Dan Anderson said in a press release. “It keeps us aware of a humanity broader than the one we experience on a day-to-day basis.”

The Dogwood coffee bar is located in Calhoun Square, across from Kitchen Window.