Colombia coffee donation.

Embassy donation aims to ease strain on hospital staff

Colombian coffee combats COVID

Staff at Szent János Hospital in Buda, who have been dealing with the stress of looking after COVID-19 patients, have received some relief in the form of 20 kilograms of Colombian coffee, donated by the Colombian Embassy in Hungary and enough to brew some 1800 cupfuls.

The embassy staff, led by Ambassador Carmenza Jaramillo, delivered the Jaramillo Café brand to the hospital on July 16, where it was received by the Director-General, Dr. Péter Takács. Ambassador Jaramillo said the purpose of the donation was to send a message of support and appreciation for the hard work of the hospital staff during these difficult times of pandemic.

Colombian Embassy personnel at Szent János Hospital.

Dr. Takács told the embassy delegation that Szent János Hospital had been chosen as the second health institution to care for and treat people identified with COVID-19 in Hungary.

During the pandemic more than 400 persons have been treated there, Dr. Takács said, and it had exclusive areas and personnel for these patients. At the moment, only five were being treated for the infection, which remains a threat.

Colombian Embassy personnel at Szent János Hospital.

He added that the hospital is the only one which, in addition to serving patients infected with COVID -19, has continued to operate without interruption in traumatology, cardiology and emergency care, among other afflictions.

The Jaramillo Café website tells of five generations of coffee expertise since 1877, saying the Jaramillo family continues to harvest the very finest coffee from the lush green slopes of the Coffee Triangle in Colombia – “a true family business where expert knowledge and techniques have been handed down across the generations”.

Szent János Hospital Director-General Dr. Péter Takács and Ambassador Carmenza Jaramillo (centre).

The Colombian Coffee Triangle, also known as the Coffee Zone or Coffee Belt, consists of three departments: Caldas, Risaralda and Quindio, of which Manizales, Pereira and Armenia are the most important towns. This region is famous for producing the majority of Colombian coffee, often considered the best in the world.

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