On Sunday 3 June, the Volcano of Fire (Volcan de Fuego) erupted in Guatemala. Villages have been devastated and the conditions and red-hot volcanic material has made the rescue work dangerous. The official death toll is now at 114, with many more missing and millions affected.
Without the dedication, passion and talent at origin, the speciality coffee community would be practically non-existent. Guatemala is in urgent need of emergency aid – for food, water, sanitation needs and in the long term, the reconstruction of houses and livelihoods that have been severely affected by Volcan De Fuego’s eruption.
They need our support and we have spoken to our partners and below is a list of charitable causes and initiatives where you can donate to the relief effort. These range from direct donations, to cupping events, through to portions of proceeds from Guatemalan Coffee sold; there are many ways to help the cause….
Every little helps so let’s raise some well needed funds to get coffee communities in Guatemala back in order.
Cupping with Coffee Bird at Assembly Coffee on Thursday 14th June.
Coffee Bird are a quality focused 6th generation coffee family- farming, exporting/importing with team members working and living in Guatemala so this is incredibly affecting for all the team.
Coffee Bird supplies green beans to a large portion of our roaster partners and Marta from Coffee Bird has also set up a GoFundMe page that many of our partners are raising funds for. You can directly support and donate HERE.
Supporting La Candelaria.
Union Hand Roasted are donating all profits from the sale of Revelation on their website in the next week, to the Candelaria relief effort. Head to their website HERE to purchase Revelation.
La Candelaria farm has been a part of the Union family since 2010 so they have also set up a justgiving page to help raise funds for all at the plantation. You can donate via their JustGiving page HERE.
Donate to Guatemala Relief Disaster 2018.
Small Batch Coffee Roasters have highlighted the Guatemala Disaster Relief GoFundMe page which you can donate to HERE.
This has been set up by two Guatemalan siblings, who are coordinating with multiple organizations, GoFundMe, and a team of lawyers, accountants and crowdfunding experts to make sure that this money is distributed with transparency and efficiently to those in need.
Small Batch will also be serving ‘La Cuchilla’, a special limited microlot from Guatemala on batch brew in all their retail outlets, whilst also retailing the beans with all proceeds going to relief effort. Purchase La Cuchilla HERE.
Donate to Funcafe
Supported by Alchemy Coffee Roasters and Butterworth and Sons, Guatemala’s Coffee Growers are collecting funds through the Gutemalan Coffee Foundation for Rural Development – Funcafe – to support those impacted by Fuego Volcano.
All donations will be used to buy food, water, clothing, medicine and all other essential products. The campaign is also supported by the National Coffee Association – Anacafe, Guatemalan Coffees, Behmore Inc, Perfect Daily Grind, Roast Magazine and Give Joy 2 One.
Buy some coffee!
Along with the options listed above, Dear Green Coffee Roasters will be donating portions of proceeds from their Guatemalan coffees to Coffee Bird’s charity, working directly to relieve the devastation caused by the volcano. Visit their site HERE to purchase and help the cause.
Thank you for supporting in any way you can!