Mayorga in Perú
In addition to the famous culture and landscapes of Machu Picchu, the Nazca lines, and the Amazons, Perú is known for being one of the major producers of organic coffee beans in the world. We source our coffees from the southeast part of the Amazonas region. This large country with extreme landscapes always provides for adventurous visits, usually requiring multiple flights and drives up to 11 hours.
We travelled deep into the Amazonas region of Perú where we found our outstanding partner coop, COOPARM. COOPARM works with 519 small coffee farmers organized in 53 producer groups. The Coop supports its members with technical assistance in the farms and through educational and social programs. COOPARM is proud to be the only cooperative in Rodríguez de Mendoza. They have made an extraordinary impact on their communities through their commitment to organic growing practices and through the social programs that place a strong focus on education and leadership. We are very proud of the work that is being done by small organic coffee farmers to unite through cooperatives in an effort to create meaningful opportunities for themselves and their communities.
The result of COOPARM’s careful and committed work is this delicious single country coffee that we are excited to share with you.
Rodríguez de Mendoza, Amazonas, Perú
Producer: Cooperativa Agraria Rodríguez de Mendoza "COOPARM"
Leaders of Co-Op: Maurilio Ocampo & Alex Bocanegra
Number of members: 519 as of 2017
Elevation: 3,900-6,250 feet above sea level
Varietals: Catuaí, Caturra, Catimor, Pacha, Typica
Harvest Season: March-December
Average Temperature: 67ºF
Time it takes from the closest international airport to the COOP: 8 hours
The Cooperativa Agraria Rodríguez de Mendoza (COOPARM) was established in 1990 by a local priest, Father Antonio Rodríguez Arana, who was concerned about the low prices that coffee farmers received from intermediaries. He brought a group of producers together and formed with them the Asociación de Productores Agropecuarios Rodríguez de Mendoza (APARM), a producers’ association. At the beginning, they exported their coffee through the Cooperativa Norandino, located in Piura but in 1998, they took the big step of exporting directly. They worked as a producers’ association until 2008, and in this year, they became a cooperative.
Currently, COOPARM has a membership of 500 producers, located throughout the Rodríguez de Mendoza province. COOPARM has been recognized both locally and internationally, for being the institution that has had the greatest impact, in terms of economic and social development. They are committed to continue growing and positively impacting their community. COOPARM has experienced sustainable growth in their exports and their positioning in international markets. They are committed to meeting the quality expectations of their clients, while at the same time implementing technical assistance programs with their members with the goal of increasing quality and productivity, thus improving their members’ livelihoods.
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