- Founded in 1999
- Located in Jaen and San Ignacio, Cajamarca (Northern Peru)
- Approximately 2,000 members in over 84 local organizations
- Coffee growing altitude of 1,300 to 2,000 meters
- Diversification projects: roasted coffee (and cafe in downtown Jaen!), agricultural training program
CENFROCAFE spans the lush provinces of Jaen and San Ignacio in northern Peru. The cooperative was founded in 1999 with 220 small-scale coffee farmers in eleven community-based associations. Nearly ten years after their founding, CENFROCAFE served approximately 2,000 farmers in over 80 organizations located in twelve districts within the region of Cajamarca.
From technical assistance and quality control workshops for their farmers to economic and leadership training for the young people in their rural communities, CENFROCAFE works not only to support the commercial endeavors of its members but also to facilitate the development of the community. They provide loans that help farmers cover the costs of the harvest and materials in the coffee production as well as the costs of sending their children to school. The cooperative alliance with CEPICAFE, OROVERDE, and NORANDINO – all like-minded associations with a similar vision and objective – has provided important services to thousands of small-scale farmers (members and non-members alike) in Northern Peru, who without a strong organization would have otherwise been abandoned without access to even the most basic health, education, and other social services.
CENFROCAFE founding member and formerpresident of the producer Board of Directors, Anselmo Huaman Moreto explains: “A huge difference in our lives is that now our children can actually go to school, our coffee is being recognized in the market for the quality we produce, and our members can be proud again to be farmers.”
Cooperative Coffees began importing coffee from the CENFROCAFE in 2004, buying one container for 2005. Since then, our relationship with the coop has flourished both in coffee purchases as well as in efforts to improve quality and develop their member services. They are active members of Coop Sol and helped host the AGM in Peru in 2010.
- 600 Members - based in San Martin de Pangoa, 450 km from Lima
- 220 Members are certified organic
- 105 Members currently in transition to organic
- Altitude of plots - between 1,100 and 2,000 meters
- Crop diversification includes cocoa and honey
Located in the district of San Martin de Pangoa, the CAC Pangoa (Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera Pangoa) was founded by its original 50 members in 1977. Today, its 721 members, along with its team of directors, technicians and employees are working hard to compete in a complicated international market. The majority of the coop members still cultivate coffee on five to ten hectare plots.
The cooperative promotes strong leadership and gender equality. The Women's Development Committee (Comite de Desarrollo de la Mujer) works to benefit the female members, wives, and daughters, and ultimately all the coffee producing families. They are an integral part of the cooperative and strengthen it by forming new leaders and members with a new vision of development. One example of their work is to organize medical check-ups for all women over 30 years old for prevention and early detection of several diseases.
About five years ago, the cooperative initiated its organic program to teach members of best organic practices as well as helping community groups to understand all internal and external inspection norms. Pangoa has promoted the diversification of production, with cocoa production in lower elevations and honey production. They also use revenue from Fair Trade coffee sales to sponsor several initiatives: Credit and savings support, crop diversification programs, women's organization promotion, insurance, infrastructure improvements, and technical assistance.
The main source of income for most of the members of CAC Pangoa is coffee. But the cooperative aims at diversifying its income with the production of other crops and products. The cooperative is working hard to improve the quality of organic cocoa for use in the fine chocolate industry. Also, 6000 kg of honey was produced and most was sold locally. A project is being developed for the production of honey wine for broader distribution.
"With the Fair Trade price we hope to increase our organic production so that we can improve and conserve the soil and subsequently increase our productivity. With increased revenue from Fair Trade sales, we plan to improve all technical aspects of our production."- Esperanza Dionisio Castillo CAC Pangoa, General manager
Very bright and juicy. Lots of fruit notes with citrus peel. Very bright and clean.
Sweet and earthy. Full bodied with fruity highlights, good acidity and a sweet finish
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