Mayorga in Peru
Rodríguez de Mendoza, Amazonas, Peru
In addition to the famous culture and landscapes of Machu Picchu, the Nazca lines, and the Amazons, Peru 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.
Being half Peruvian and having spent some of my childhood there, I have a soft spot for this wonderful country. I’m very proud of the work that is being done by small organic coffee farmers to unite through cooperatives in an effort create meaningful opportunities for themselves and their communities. We specifically work directly with Cooparm cooperative to create this delicious single country coffee. Cooparm has made a very positive impact on their community through their commitment to organic growing practices. They have excellent social programs, including a training program for young agronomists to educate others on the benefits of organic growing practices.
Producer: Cooperativa Agraria Rodriguez de Mendoza “COOPARM”
Number of members: 519 as of 2017
Leaders of Co-Op: Maurilio Ocampo & Alex Bocanegra
Elevation: 3,900-6,250 feet above sea level
Varietals: Catuai, Caturra, Catimor, Pacha, Typica
Harvest Season: March-December
Time it takes from the closest international airport to the COOP: 8 hours
History of the Co-Op: 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.
Currenty, COOPARM has a membership of 500 producers, located throught the Rodriguez 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, in the Rodriguez de Mendoza province. They are commited to continue growing and positively impacting their community.
COOPARM has experienced sustainable growth in their exports and their positioning in international markets. They are commited 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.
COOPARM supports its members by providing technical assistance and training in productivity and associativity.
Social Strengthening- COOPARM has a training program focused on associativity , cooperativism and through these efforts they also assess the coop members’ needs in order to better invest the coop’s financial resources.
Technical Assistance- The Coop has a team of field technicians that support other coop members in order to improve productivity and coffee quality. They are working continuously in the fields with the producers to assess on site the technical and productive needs of the coops’ producers.
Other Programs- The sale of plantlings and organic fertilizers at a competitive Price and cash advances for their coffee crops, so that the producers can cover their costs before the harvest season comes along.
IMAGES FROM OUR RECENT VISITS TO PERU