Sol y Cafe, Cepicafe & Cenfrocafe, Peru

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Currently offering graded AA coffee supplied by SOL Y CAFE, a cooperative founded in March 2008 and located in the provinces of San Ignacio and Jaen, Cajamarca (Northern Peru). This coffee coop comprises 59 local organizations, and brings together 1019 members (2012), 10% of which are women. Their coffee is grown at altitude of 900 to 2050 meters above sea level. Varietals produced include: bourbon, typica, caturra, pacche, mondonovo, Bourbon, catuai, and catimor.

Sol y Cafe is a secondary level organization that was founded with the help of CEPICAFE/CENFROCAFE. They both form part of the Norandino credit consortium and group, and both share the same processing plant. Their mission is (as explained in their website, www.solcafe.com.pe/en): ".. to make decisions democratically and work with values to produce and offer quality products and services, while conserving the environment and contributing to the improvement of the quality of life for farming families in Northeast Peru."

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CENFROCAFE  (Central Fronteriza del Norte de Cafetaleros) 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 serves approximately 2,000 farmers in over 84 local organizations in twelve districts within the region of Cajamarca (Northern Peru). 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, peru handsOROVERDE, 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.

peru cherryCooperative 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.

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.”