July 23, 2021
By Angie Gomez
The world’s oceans are subjected to our actions as a collective. Most of marine pollution comes from human activities, whether it be from the coastlines or even farther inland. The reality is, human affairs have consequences on our environment, and its effects are a phenomenon that we live and see every day. To combat this crisis and get back on the right track, a young business from the 2021 SEEDS Program has made it their mission to create awareness and protect the coasts right here in Puerto Rico.
Meet Guarda Costas, a SEEDS Biz created by Yan Omar Cruz Burgos, Jyann M. López Ortiz & Adrian E. Padilla Burgos that makes different ocean themed products!
Not only do they craft beautiful necklaces, keychains and wall hangings, but they also make impressive woodwork! On their Facebook, Guarda Costas share important information and events related to protecting and preserving our coastal environments.
Recently, the Luis Miranda Casañas Foundation reached out to Friends of Puerto Rico with a desire to support Guarda Costas via donation. José Gabriel Morales, Executive Director, commented that the foundation was motivated by the SEEDS program because they “understand that maximizing the opportunities of those who are assuming the role of entrepreneurship is a shared responsibility.”
The LMC Foundation took a particular interest in Guarda Costas due to their shared mission to protect nature and reduce our ecological footprint. They are particularly enthusiastic about the young entrepreneurs' commitment to Puerto Rico’s coasts.
Morales added that the LMC Foundation believes that “children should be validated, integrated and be a core part of the proposals that are taking place throughout the country.” This incredible support has been a source of inspiration and motivation to continue providing tools and a platform for SEEDS alumni and future students!To learn more about SEEDS, visit www.friendsofpuertorico.org/seeds!
May 17, 2021
By Claudia Quezada
Chicago got a taste of coffee with purpose! On May 8, our Café Ama coffee arrived at the Mercado del Pueblo in Humboldt Park, where we joined a Puerto Rican community in their weekly event hosted by the Puerto Rican Cultural Center.
Upon arrival, we could instantly feel the amazing and welcoming energy everyone had. As we started brewing our coffee, people would visit our booth -- excited to learn that our beans were directly from Puerto Rico! It was like bringing the community a little piece of our island to them.
Offering samples allowed us to speak with everyone. The conversation would start with “¿y de qué parte de Puerto Rico eres?" which translates to: “which part of Puerto Rico are you from?" After that, we were part of the community.
Being able to bring Café Ama to Mercado del Pueblo allowed us to see the reaction to our organization's purpose. As soon as we said that all our proceeds go to helping kids build businesses, everyone wanted to contribute. It was very rewarding to see that people not only liked the taste of our coffee, but also wanted to help. After this event, I am certain that “coffee with purpose” is the perfect description for Café Ama.
Mercado del Pueblo, boricua roots in Chicago
Mercado del Pueblo is an initiative organized by the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, or PRCC, that provides free rent to vendors and artists to allow them to operate and develop businesses. The space is also open to non-Puerto Ricans – including business owners from Black communities and other Latino communities. The Mercado del Pueblo is located at the corner of Division and Rockwell streets in Humboldt Park. It’s open from 4-8 p.m. Fridays and 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Social distancing and face masks are required.
Thank you to Puerto Rican Cultural Center for the opportunity! We hope to continue sharing Café Ama with the Chicago community.
May 11, 2021
By Angie Gomez
As part of Café Ama Love and Friends of Puerto Rico’s ongoing efforts to aid the community, an inspiring new project has been officially established with Casa Pensamiento de Mujer del Centro.
Casa Pensamiento, led by Mrs. Jenniffer Berríos Rubert, is an organization based in the municipality of Aibonito, Puerto Rico. Their team brings aid and services to victims of abuse, whether they be women, men or members of the LGBTTIQA+ community, as well as support for the victims' families. Friends of Puerto Rico strongly believes in Casa Pensamiento’s mission for equality and healthy families, as well as their philosophy of “Transforming Today the Woman of Tomorrow”.
That is why a joint effort under the ESMERALDA Project has begun: “Cafés en Junte'', an initiative focused on education via workshops and organized discussions.
Cafés en Junte aim to guide and empower, as well as prevent and avoid situations that can result in child abuse. By creating a safe and comfortable environment, participants can feel at ease to learn more about how they can establish healthy relationships within their family dynamic, among many other relevant topics. With an initial donation of 500 Café Ama Love coffee bags, Friends of Puerto Rico hopes to nurture a culture of conversation for the betterment of our communities.
October 25, 2020
By Olga Hernández.
Daniel Rivera, award-winning Puerto Rican barista.
On October 6, the award-winning Puerto Rican barista, Daniel Rivera, (@barista07) graced us with an afternoon filled with autumn aromas. Daniel created a special recipe to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month with autumn flavors. What better way to celebrate our month than with a cup of 100% Puerto Rican arabica coffee which has the wonderful mission of empowering children through entrepreneurship programs on the island.
Daniel crafted this beautiful recipe using seasonal natural ingredients with the addition of an aroma glass chamber which deliciously enhanced our cafecito. He shares his autumn coffee experience with us, step by step, so our followers can savor it at home.
Chemex equipment setup courtesy of Daniel Rivera
Café Ama Love Profile: Ethically produced in Puerto Rico; medium dark roast.
Flavor notes: You can enjoy cloves, cinnamon, dark caramel and cacao.
Brewing method: Chemex method with paper filter.
Ingredients for Puerto Rican Café Cola’o:
25 grams of Café Ama Love ground
420 grams of filtered water (190 degrees Fahrenheit)
Homemade dates syrup courtesy of Daniel Rivera
Brewing Café Ama Love:
Estimated brewing time is 4:30 minutes.
Process to make the dates simple syrup:
In a blender, add dehydrated dates and water in equal parts (½ cup of dates and ½ cup of water). Filter to remove the skin. The dates will be the natural sweetener in this beverage.
Boil 1 cup of peeled pumpkin squares in water, drain and place in blender. Add 1 cup of pumpkin with ¼ cup of cold water to the blender. Blend and filter through a strainer to separate the fibers from the liquid. Discard the fibers. Add the remaining puree liquid to the beverage.
Besides the pumpkin being in season, it is a perfect ingredient for great contrast in a harmonious way to the coffee. It brings character and body to this beverage.
Once all three ingredients are combined in the Glencairn whiskey glass, the most exciting part of this recipe begins.
Homemade pumpkin puree steps courtesy of Daniel Rivera
The aroma’s glass chamber experience:
The beautiful glass chamber artifact used in this recipe was created by Daniel to allow room for the flavor steams that evoke all the sensations of autumn in this beverage. This process also alludes to what happens in our mountains during the fall when the temperatures drop, and the weather becomes cooler. During the fall, we experience shorter days and longer nights with more rainfall.
Aroma Chamber and Serving courtesy of Daniel Rivera
Enjoy the autumn aroma of our lovely mountains in a glass!
To view this award deserving presentation, click here: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CGBL66CnmPj/?igshid=1of4tbggrshsv
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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and seasonal ingredients, Barista Daniel Rivera @barista07 teaches us how to make Café Ama Love with pumpkin.🍁 This is a delicious and easy recipe that we hope you’ll try at home and share the results with us. Tell us what you think!❤️ . . You can also purchase our products online by going to: www.cafeama.com . . . #coffeelovers #coffeecommunity #puertorico🇵🇷 #recipes #coffeerecipes #staysafe
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October 24, 2020
By Olga Hernández
La Famosa is ready to take over the city! The new (yet long awaited!) Puerto Rican restaurant has opened in Washington DC. We can finally celebrate having a piece of home in the District!
La Famosa’s tagline “Born in Puerto Rico, Made in DC” captures the essence of the diaspora’s love for Puerto Rico. The carefully curated menu evokes the feeling of being right at home; bringing in all the flavors that define our culture in a casual atmosphere. The beautiful tropical décor and having a bite of the mofongo immediately transported me to my mom’s kitchen. The chuletas Kan-Kan and the crab turnovers were also top favorites.
The restaurant also serves the breakfast options that we would find in our childhood neighborhood panaderías like quesitos, mallorcas and pastelillos de guayaba. And to make the perfect breakfast pair, La Famosa now sells Café Ama Love, our cafecito boricua with a purpose, that directs its proceeds to women and children entrepreneurship programs on the island.
Olga Hernández, visited La Famosa.
Thank you, Chef Joancarlo Parkhurst for bringing a taste of Puerto Rico to the District. The warmth and flavor of our island was long overdue in the nation’s capital.
So, what are you waiting for? Pop by La Famosa for some mallorcas with Café Ama Love, located at 1300 4th St. SE, Washington, D.C.
October 24, 2020
Everything I didn't know about this great day
This day has been celebrated since October 15th, 2008, when it was declared so by the United Nations. Its purpose is to recognize the hard work of these great women and their contribution to global development, food safety and the eradication of poverty. Rural women also help global climate by sowing, taking care of soil and collecting water for small populations.
It turns out, rural women face plenty of obstacles; the main one being gender discrimination. It's an unfortunate reality that affects this population. Despite being great producers, the differences in salary, opportunities and support compared to their male counterparts are quite disheartening.
Currently, with the global pandemic, as a high-risk population, women have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. This, coupled by scarce resources and the high cost of sanitary requirements, makes daily life a constant struggle as female farmers.
I hope and wish with all my heart that their reality improves, as farmers and as women. The change won’t be immediate but the reward must be high to match all the hard work they do. Rural women are caretakers of the earth, mothers, entrepreneurs and fighters.
This day should be commemorated, remembered and written into our history books. It's necessary for everyone to learn about their contributions and their work so they may be properly supported and respected.
To all our rural women, may your efforts not be in vain.