The Cenfrocafe cooperative was established in 2005 and is located in northern Peru, not far from the Ecuadorian border. With the support of other cooperatives, the goal was to create a base for the many small coffee producers in the mountainous terrain surrounding the city of Jaén. The cooperative now has some 2,500 members.
Altitude: 1,600 – 2,000 meters
Region: Jaén, Cajamarca
Processing: Arabica, washed, manual harvest and sorting
The cooperative is part of the organisation Manos Campesinas, which helps the producers to market their coffee. Manos Campesinas was founded in 1997 and today consists of 12 associated cooperatives with a total of 1,200 individual members. 95% of the members are indigenous: they speak their own Mayan languages and have their own cultural characteristics.
The members of ADEBIPROM (Asociacion De Desarollo Bienestar y Pro - Mejoramiento) speak the Maya language Mam and live at the foot of the highest mountain of Central America, the "Tajumulco", a no longer active volcano, which is 4,220m high. In the past, the 120 producers were members of another cooperative. But the long distances between the individual producers have made frequent meetings impossible: "The landscape does not offer the best conditions for transparency and democracy". Therefore they moved closer together and founded the smaller ADEBIPROM in 2016. In 2019 we realized our first import with Manos Campesinas.
Altitude: 1.400m – 1.700m
Region: Tajumulco, San Marcos
Varieties: Catuai, Anacafe 14, Bourbon, Typica
Permata Gayo, Sumatra
The story of Permata Gayo in northern Sumatra began in 2006 shortly after the 2004 Tsunami and the 2005 Helsinki peace deal between the Indonesian government and the Free Aceh Movement. The cooperative began as a group of 50 founding members and now has approximately 2,000 members in 36 villages in the Bener Meriah Region. Permata Gayo is one of the few cooperatives on Sumatra that tries to carry out democratic decision-making processes and combat corruption.
Altitude: 1,200 – 1,600 meters
Region: Gayo Highland Region – Bener Meriah
Processing: Arabica, wet hulled, manual harvest and sorting