Founded in 2016, Fuego Café is a for-profit 3rd wave coffee shop established to create sustainable funding for Story International. A mission team from Roberts Wesleyan College launched Fuego to create entrepreneurial employment opportunities for teenagers and young adults from the Huehue community. The staff learn barista skills as well as more business-specific skills such as budgeting and customer service. Fuego Huehue serves as a replica and sister shop of Fuego Coffee Roasters in Rochester New York, founded in 2013.
Due to its high elevation, Huehuetenango Guatemala has some of the most sought after coffee beans in the world. Fuego Café seeks to serve coffee exclusively from local farmers in the hopes that employees and the community are both excited by and proud of their local industry. Fuego also serves a variety of foods- snacks, desserts, and full meals.
100% of profit earned at Fuego Café is rolled right back into Story International’s not-for-profit programs. One of our current baristas is a young adult that lives in Fundación Salvación, and another grew up there. Our main cook is a graduate of El Puente transitional living program. Jobs so closely knit within our community ease the transition into adulthood for many of our young people as they learn to provide for themselves.
As we shift our focus to advocacy for family-based care, Fuego will become a central hub for resource distribution, education, and outreach. Families or individuals that need help or can help can come together and act as the body of Christ in one central location.
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