Our coffee empowers the farming community in Ethiopia!
Lewi Cafe Silver Spring takes its name from Lewi coffee farm which is found in the heart of the Afromontane forest of Keffa (birth place of coffee). Keffa is found in south west of Ethiopia, it's also where the first arabica coffee tree was discovered by a goat herder named Kalid. Who found his goats romping around after eating the red beans of the tree. He was surprised by his Goats reaction and tried the red beans himself and had a similar feeling. From this province Keffa the name Coffee originated. From the origin of Coffee we serve authentic Ethiopian Keffa coffee to your table.
Lewi coffee farm which is found in the heart of the Afromontane forest of Keffa thrives to be a model for the coffee growing community. Our farm operates with a positive consideration for the ecology of the area. In addition to our forest coffee, we have also planted many indigenous trees to raise the production of carbon to the on going effort to fight against global warming. Moreover, cover crops such as Desmodium and Crotalaria spp are being used as cover crops to control weeds, fix carbon dioxide and add organic matter to the soil upon decomposition.
We have a Moto:-
“No tree shall be cut without a reason and replacement”
It is our genuine belief that farming in an area wherein most households totally depends on agriculture should actively involve the local community, as this is the best way to make our farms sustainable and welcomed by the community. In this connection, the two farms currently have a total of 675 workers from the surrounding villages of which 620 contractual and rest 55 are permanent. The farms have a well-established norm equally applicable to both male and female workers that “no child worker should be used in the farm at any time for any farm activity and both female and male workers shall receive same and fair pay”.
Since its inception, Lewi farm has been actively supporting community development. To mention a few,
Provision of Books for three schools where the children of the farm workers attend their education.
Rewarding the best performing students from three selected schools (Tikdem, Lemlem and Sheda) grade 1 to 8 (a total of 120 students) with educational materials and uniforms to uplift their attitudes towards education and encourage them to continue to pursue their education regardless of the many hurdles they may face (early marriage, health and financial problems, etc.).
Provision of seedlings of improved coffee that are adaptable, high yielding, resistant to diseases and good in quality to the local schools, churches and local individual farmers.
Provision of computers to schools so that students and teachers are kept abreast with the application of IT in education.
In view of winning the hearts and minds of the community where we live in and satisfying our future coffee consumers with quality coffee at a reasonable price and yet strongly holding on to our moto of sustainable production for sustainable development, we strive to do our best to find ways of improving our production system.
“Our coffee empowers the farming community in Ethiopia!”