Coqui Mountain Coffee

Julie Gandulla recently opened Coqui Mountain Coffee next door to her mother’s restaurant, The Western Cafe, on Main Street. Gandulla uses only single origin coffee from her father’s birthplace of Puerto Rico.

A week after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, killing at least 10 and knocking out power and communications, a local coffee shop is organizing a relief efforts to send donations to the island nation.

Bozeman’s recently opened Coqui Mountain Coffee and its owner, Julie Gandulla, are asking area residents to donate money or goods, which she plans to send through the government-sponsored United for Puerto Rico fund.

Gandulla, whose family is from Puerto Rico, opened the coffee shop in July.

The owner said she recently heard from family members on the island, who are without water and electricity.

“It’s getting to the point where it’s really scary,” Gandulla said. “It hit the whole island, and it’s not like a state because they don’t have anywhere to go.”

Puerto Rico is home to roughly 3.4 million people, all of whom are U.S. citizens.

Local residents can drop-off money or bottled water, tarps, dried foods, sanitary items, disposable diapers, baby formula and over-the-counter medication at the coffee shop, located on Main Street next to the Western Café. Physical donations will be accepted through the end of the week.

Coqui Mountain will also be donating a portion of its October proceeds to the relief efforts.

The Strand Union Building at Montana State University, as well as the CrossFit Belgrade on Floss Road will also be accepting donations during that time.

Kendall can be reached at 406-582-2651 or He is on Twitter at @lewdak