Notes from Peru: Part I

Peru is currently experiencing devastating flooding and mudslides due to the El Niño phenomenon. At this point in time, there have been over 70 deaths reported and 115,000 individuals left homeless. Half of Peru’s 24 regions have declared a state of emergency as roads, bridges, airports, and highways that connect affected areas to the rest of the country have been closed off. There is a real concern that standing water from flooding will likely cause further outbreaks of mosquito borne diseases such as Dengue and Zika.


Prior to my time at Caravela, I spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru. The current flooding has greatly affected both the departments of Lima, where I did my training, and La Libertad, where I completed my service. During my time there, I was taken in as family and shown great hospitality. I look back on my time in Peace Corps fondly and consider Peru a second home. I have been in touch with my Peruvian friends and family there, and many of them are among the thousands without homes, water, power, and food.

In support of Peru, Caravela Coffee is once again partnering with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to raise relief funds(find out more about the CRS facts  clicking here). During the months of April and May, Caravela Coffee will donate 20 cents out of every pound of Peruvian coffee sold out of currently held spot positions at Continental Terminals in New Jersey and The Annex in Oakland, California. These proceeds will go directly to Catholic Relief Services, earmarked for Peru flood relief. You can find a listing of Peruvian spot coffees here


Also, for those based in the Bay Area, below is a link to an upcoming Peru fundraiser on April 22nd in Berkeley, CA, being hosted by a good friend and former Peru Peace Corps volunteer, Merril Seidl.

¡Adelante! Raising Funds for Peru

Caravela in El Salvador: Looking to 2017

El Salvador has suffered through the past few harvests from Roya, a suffering amplified by under-investment in farms. As volumes dwindled, coffee buyers shifted their focus to other parts of Central America. At Caravela, we’ve continued our commitment to small farmers in Metapan and Chalatenango. We are tapping into unique coffee profiles, and establishing new relationships. This year, we’ve started relationships with larger farms in the regions of San Salvador and Santa Ana, without forgetting the strong bonds we have with our small scale growers in the east. 

From our headquarters in Metapan, we receive, analyze, purchase, mill, sort, and package these high quality coffees. As the main harvest approaches, we look forward to seeing new producers, and continuing to work with the quality minded farmers of years past. 

Ecuador Emergency Relief

Hello Friends, 

On April 16, 2016 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Ecuador.  This devastating natural disaster has left communities destroyed and many thousands of people struggling to survive and piece together their lives.  

Caravela Coffee has export operations in Ecuador and while thankfully none of our employees or partner producers were injured in the earthquake, this event has left nothing untouched in its destruction.  The area where coffee is grown was spared the direct impact, but the coastal areas, where the most vulnerable people live, has been destroyed. 

The people of coastal Ecuador, particularly the provinces of Manabí and Esmeraldas, are currently in need of emergency relief.  There are still zones where, as of this date, rescuers and aid has not arrived. 

Photos by Eduardo Naranjo for Catholic Relief Services

Caravela Coffee is partnering with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to raise funds to support these people.  Caravela Coffee will donate 20 cents out of every pound of Ecuador coffee sold out of currently held spot positions at Continental Terminals in New Jersey and The Annex in Oakland, California.  These proceeds will go directly to Catholic Relief Services, earmarked for Ecuador Earthquake Relief. 

Michael Sheridan with whom we have partnered in the Borderlands project in Colombia, and CRS Ecuador team will provide periodic updates of how these funds are being used to administer the emergency relief. 

Additional contributions are welcome to be made directly to CRS and will be channeled to the same fund that we will be monitoring. 

Friends, this is an opportunity to contribute funds to help people in a moment of need.  We hope that you will consider participating in this small initiative that may have a big impact for the people of Ecuador at a time of crisis. 

Please follow this link for a list of the Ecuadorian coffees available and if you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact us. 


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