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Supporting communities not commodities
Organic Peru- CENFROCAFE Coop
With superb growing conditions and meticulous processing, sorting, and grading, this cooperative produces one of the best hard bean organics Peru has to offer. The cup is very smooth with caramel-like sweetness and good body. At the peak of the season, the acidity which is generally light to medium, takes on a dark plum-like flavor with added sweetness from the start. It's at this point we tend to saturate our palates with this coffee because it's such a complete cup filled with juiciness and character.
Central Fronteriza del Norte de Cafetaleros- CENFROCAFE
Facts about CENFROCAFE
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 was serving serves approximately 2,000 farmers in over 80 organizations located in twelve districts within the region of Cajamarca. They have an average yield for their organic production of about 15 quintal (100 lbs of parchment) per hectare and growing altitudes ranging from 1,300 to 2,000 meters.
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 Drying coffee beans - CENFROCAFE 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 former president 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.