I remember the first phone call I had with Ramiro Bocanegra, General Manager at the COOPARM coop in Rodriguez de Mendoza, Peru, back in April. We were starting to plan my visit to Peru in July, during the peak of the harvest season.
“What is the best way to get to Rodriguez de Mendoza?” I asked him.
“You have two possible routes “, he said. “The shortest is flying to Lima, followed by an hour and a half flight to Tarapoto, then taking an 8-seater piper plane on a 30 minute flight over the mountains, to Chachapoyas. From there, driving about two hours to Rodriguez de Mendoza.
The longest would be flying from Lima to Jaen , about and hour and a half, and from there taking a 6 hour bus ride to Chachapoyas, followed by the two hours from there to Rodriguez de Mendoza. “
I ended up taking the longer route to visit our friends at COOPARM. The 8 hours from Jaen to Rodriguez de Mendoza, in the Amazonas region of Peru. It was a beautiful roadtrip. I was most impressed by how many rivers we had to cross. I learned that all the rivers that we crossed by bridge feed into the Amazon River. The bridges were modern, beautiful and colorful structures that connect regions, communities, and people.
“What a perfect symbol of what we do at Mayorga”, I thought.
We have the privilege of being the bridge that connects, in such a direct way, the hard working coffee farmers from Cooparm with thousands of customers in the US, through their amazing organic coffee. We are the conduit of information, opportunity, and human connection between farmers in some of the most remote areas of the world and consumers that expect their hard-earned dollars to not only give them a quality cup of coffee, but also to go toward supporting the environment, communities, and farmers throughout the world.