Local Coffee Shop Giving Back To Rural Guatemala Amid Pandemic
3-19 Coffee in Shaker Heights just celebrated their grand opening of a location in Ohio City. With business seemingly doing well locally, co-owner Mike Vehar is always checking on his roasters across the country to check on them, as well. He did not get good news.
Vehar learned the pandemic has hit the rural parts of Guatemala very hard. With less demand and decreased labor, the families that grow his coffee beans through a free trade program are struggling to put food on the table. The area is also so rural, supplies to aid in the fight against coronavirus is scarce.