How much coffee do you drink? Where does your coffee come from? Do you support a cause with every aromatic sip?
Oakville teen, Luis Juarez, has just returned from a trip to Peru, where he got to experience firsthand the country where some of Cafe Femenino’s coffee is grown. Cafe Femenino is an organization that supports female coffee-growers.
Juarez, 18, has completed his first year at the University of Waterloo where he is studying Urban Planning. While staying at the residence of St. Jerome’s University (a Catholic affiliate of UoW), he got involved with the SJU Initiative.
This project gives students the chance to learn outside of their classrooms and gives them the opportunity to volunteer. The initiative focuses on the connection between producers and consumers in the food industry, with coffee at its centre.
This year, the SJU Initiative team took a trip to Peru from May 25 to June 9. Their itinerary included teaching English at local colleges, visiting pre-Inca and Inca farms, meeting with coffee growers associations and more.
While on their trip, the team made an effort to blog about their experiences. Read it here.
Juarez plans to bring his experiences and new knowledge from Peru back to his community. He reached out to a local business, CJ’s Cafe in Bronte, which serves Cafe Femenino coffee. Plans for a public awareness event to be held at the cafe are in the works.
Stay tuned for an updated report on the team’s trip!