Sunday, September 26, 2021

ConPRmetidos and PROCAFE to the Rescue of Coffee Harvest

By on September 14, 2021

The non-profit organizations ConPRmetidos and PROCAFE will celebrate Don’t let the harvest fall!, ¡No dejes la cosecha caer!, a campaign that consists of a series of activities to be held on September 21, 22, 23 and 26 in which attendees will be able to collect coffee from farms in the municipalities of Adjuntas and Lares.

By purchasing a ticket at bit.ly/cosechamos2021, which will serve as a donation for the industry, participants will be able to learn about coffee growing in Puerto Rico, collect coffee seeds at farms, and support coffee-growing families. In addition, they will join in a raffle for a baseball signed by the Puerto Rican player and member of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, Iván “Pudge” Rodríguez, who has supported this sector for years and is the founder of Pudge Coffee.

“Coffee is part of our routine. It’s always present, so we take it for granted. We give very little thought to those who produce it and the hard work behind every cup we drink. We want people to learn about the challenges faced by coffee growers and get involved in the search for solutions,” said Mili Landrón, co-founder and director of operations of ConPRmetidos.

THE INDUSTRY

The coffee industry in Puerto Rico was one of the most affected after Hurricanes Irma and María in 2017. Although farmers lost 85% of their plantations, coffee growers joined in revitalizing the mountain’s economy.

This effort resulted in the creation of Productores de Café de Puerto Rico, Inc. (PROCAFE), an organization of coffee growers that has dedicated itself to working and raising awareness about the needs in the coffee sector. With the support of non-profit organizations, ConPRmetidos and Unidos por Puerto Rico, PROCAFE distributed 750,000 coffee trees, supplies, and manuals of best planting practices so that 500 families cultivate their farms again.

“Helping the coffee sector recover has been a great challenge, but this harvest represents four years of effort, commitment, work, and above all, love for Puerto Rico,” said Iris Jannette Rodríguez, president of PROCAFE.

We invite all nature lovers and coffee enthusiasts to register and be part of the recovery of the coffee sector in Puerto Rico. Those who cannot participate in the collection but want to support this initiative may donate directly to PROCAFE through the event’s page.

Participants must present their vaccination card or a negative molecular test (PCR) for COVID-19 (at least 72 hours before the event). For safety reasons, children will not be allowed.

For more information, contact the email: ideas@conprmetidos.org or call (787) 665-5673.