SHEKA COFFEE FOREST
This project aims to revitalize an existing coffee farm situated in the original forest of Sheka, Ethiopia. The client sought assistance in updating the farm layout to facilitate expansion and modernization of coffee processing. Additionally, the project addresses various sustainability aspects, including improvements to worker housing, water conservation in coffee processing, and income diversification for the local community. Modern Coffee Processing Facility: The heart of the project is the modern coffee processing and experimental station. The facility incorporates state-of-the-art processing equipment to improve efficiency and product quality. It follows eco-friendly practices to minimize environmental impact while ensuring the preservation of the original forest's delicate ecosystem. To enhance the living conditions of the workers on the farm, the deteriorating structures are renovated by adding additional layers of clay to strengthen and insulate the houses as well as additional outdoor spaces to increase the living space by low cost materials like water proof recycled lorry fabrics. This helps create a comfortable and conducive environment for the workers and their families, promoting overall well-being and productivity. Greywater Restoration: To protect the local river and the surrounding environment from pollution, the project introduces filtering fields. These fields act as natural filters to cleanse and restore the greywater generated during the coffee processing operations before it is discharged back into the river. This initiative promotes sustainability and ecological balance. The farm also provides accommodation for visiting clients, researchers, and enthusiasts interested in experiencing the coffee processing journey firsthand. The client housing units are designed to blend harmoniously with the natural surroundings, offering a serene and immersive experience. Central to the visitors area is the Coffee Tasting Laboratory and Learning Center. This space allows international clients to cup and taste various coffee varieties produced on the farm. The learning center offers insights into local coffee processing techniques, the environment, and the community's cultural heritage. The project strives to create additional income opportunities for the workers and the local community. One such initiative is the establishment of a bee farming operation. Beekeeping complements coffee farming, provides a sustainable source of income, and supports biodiversity conservation through pollination services. This undertaking fosters a deep connection between clients and the farm's fragile environment, its people, and the rich coffee processing heritage of the region.