Mayorga in Nicaragua
San Juan del Rio Coco, Madriz, Nicaragua
Nicaragua is a country that is near and dear to Mayorga Organics in many ways. Martin was born in Guatemala, and then moved to Managua, Nicaragua, where he grew up. As a child in Nicaragua, Martin would go with his father to buy green coffee beans from the marketplace to roast at home. Martin’s childhood in Nicaragua is the reason why Mayorga Organics exists today, with the purpose of eliminating systemic poverty in Latin America through responsible trade of organic foods.
We visit Nicaragua often, usually heading straight to the colonial town of Granada to eat authentic Nicaraguan food, visit historical churches, and stroll through cobblestone streets. Then we go north, past the most well-known coffee producing regions of Matagalpa and Jinotega, until we reach San Juan del Rio Coco.
Producer: Cooperativa Agropecuaria de Crédito y Servicios Regional de Cafetaleros de San Juan del Río Coco R.L. “CORCASAN”
Region: San Juan del Río Coco
Leaders of Co-Op: Maria Herminia Garcia Ruiz and Jose Leonel Gomez Munoz
Date coop was established: 1978
Number of members: 248 as of 2017
Elevation: 2,625-4,000 feet above sea level
Varietals: Catuai, Caturra, Borbon, Pacamara, Maragogype, Catimor
Harvest Season: October-March
Certified Organic since year: 2006
Cup profile: Good acidity, sweet, consistent, creamy, with notes of chocolate and a clean cup
Time it takes to get to coop from main international airport: 5 hours by car
History of Co-Op:
Cooperativa Corcasan was founded by the initiative of 87 producers from the municipality of San Juan del Río Coco, Department of Madriz. These producers decided to constitute a business figure as a viable option to commercialize the production of the coop members, thus improving the livelihood of their families.
Corcasan was created in 1978 and became a legal institution on October 16 ,1994, with 87 founding members: 23 women and 64 men. Its legal registration was issued through resolution N° 37-95 by the National Registry of Agro Cooperatives and published in La Gaceta on October 15, 2002.
Corcasan began to offer its members other services such as : technical assistance, certifications, training, and financing options for its members, so that they would be able to maintain their coffee farms with the objective of strengthening their ability to commercialize their coffee more efficiently as a Coop.
In 2007, CORCASAN reformed its statutes according to the General Law of Cooperatives of Nicaragua, and this was certified in the National Registry of Cooperatives in the Labor Ministry, under folio 77, resolution N°286-2007,on August 2007.
CORCASAN is a non-profit cooperative, with no political or religious affiliation. It is not associated with the Government, it does not discriminate, it is of public utility and a permanent institution, that produces , gathers, processes and exports coffee that is certified organic, Rainforest Alliance, CAFÉ Practices and Fair Trade , produced under an agro-forestry system of citrus fruits and other types of trees, in harmony with the environment.
Currenty CORCASAN has 248 members, 40 women and 208 men, with 1,589 hectares of coffee production and an estimated production of 20,680 quintals of coffee.
IMAGES FROM OUR RECENT VISITS