Monte Sion families visited a local waterpark for a rare day out using Cafe Cereza funds
A spectacular view on the Monte Sion estate, El Salvador
Dr Luis Urrutia, Lilliana Navarez and Bryan Unkles
Coffee farmers at Monte Sion with Cafe Cereza cups and tshirts
Cafe Cereza means 'coffee cherry' in Spanish
Cafe Cereza coffee beans drying in the sun in El Salvador
Cafe Cereza coffee bean quality control in El Salvador
Monte Sion, El Salvador
Cafe Cereza's Bryan Unkles with Monte Sion coffee farmers
The Monte Sion Foundation
In 2015 we started supporting the Fundacion Monte Sion Nuevo Amanecer by donating a percentage of our profits.
The Fundacion is linked to the Monte Sion estate, where all of our single origin coffee is sourced. The cooperative, run by Lilliana de Narvaez and her father Dr. Luis Urrutia, comprises a community of workers and their families.
Funds from the Fundacion support these people by providing healthcare, housing, education, food and clothing. This work has resulted in a dramatic reduction of infant malnutrition and the elimination of moderate to severe malnutrition. Dr Luis Urrutia has been recognised by the UN for combating poverty in El Salvador.
Supporting producers has always been a fundamental part of Cafe Cereza as we believe in sustainability - and that means helping to provide a sustainable future for the people who farm our coffee. Our director Bryan Unkles has visited Monte Sion twice during the last five years and it is very close to our hearts.
We started supporting the Monte Sion Foundation after the charity Coffee Kids, which we previously supported, ceased work in 2014.
The Monte Sion estate has been producing gourmet sustainable coffee since 1906 and has been certified by the Rainforest Alliance since 2000. It is also a member of the Association of Sustainable Coffees of El Salvador.