Coffee Growers

Guatemala, Huehuetenango

CO-OP:  ASOBAGRI
THE PEOPLE:  The northern part of Huehuetenango - where Asobagri is based -features a high worker migration rate to the US.
As a result, many women are left to grow coffee on their own on top of family raising responsibilities. Asobagri coop has focused on training and accepting women into the cooperative that have been left by their husbands.
Through fair trade initiatives they have received training in composting, utilising shade grown methods, tree maintenance, terracing and organic fertilisation to enhance quality and economic development.

THE COFFEE: Sweet lemony aroma. Medium bodied with red berry fruit flavours and a lively acidity.
PROCESS: Fully washed. 
CERTIFICATION: FLO, Mayacert


Ethiopia, Yirgacheffe

CO-OP: OCFCU
THE PEOPLE: The Oromia Coffee Farmer's Co-operative Union (OCFCU is the largest Fairtrade certified co-op in Ethiopia.  The Co-op has recently created its own member's bank providing much needed pre-harvest financing to union members. The Co-op also provides farmers with insurance options to cover coffee against loss.
Because of the cooperatives success it has seen large growth reaching at present 311 primary cooperatives representing 288,201 household farmers.

THE COFFEE: Sweet and floral aroma with hints of gingerbread; a perfume-like and floral flavour with muscatel raisin sweetness. It has a fine and light body with a lingering gingerbread aftertaste
PROCESS: Fully washed
CERTIFICATION: FLO, BCS Okogarantie


Colombia, ANEI

CO-OP: ANEI
THE PEOPLE:  Founded in 1995, ANEI is an association of 600 family members located in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta region of northern Colombia..

ANEI's primary mission is to promote and support the cultural preservation of the indigenous peoples (Arhuaco, Wiwa and Kogui) within their region through the implementation of eco-sustainable projects that strengthen the group's organisational processes, and which support the recovery of the economic, social and cultural rights of its members.

THE COFFEE:  A soft and faintly sweet / toffee malty fragrance. The acidity is smooth and soft and slightly citric. Full bodied with a malty and vanilla sweet flavour and a lingering aftertaste.
PROCESS: Fully washed
CERTIFICATION: FLO, IMO


Peru, Norte

CO-OP: CENFROCAFE
THE PEOPLE:  CENFROCAFE became Fair Trade Certified in 2007 which enabled producers more direct access to markets and comprehensive information on world coffee prices. They have strengthened their relationship with international partners while creating a more transparent and just supply chain. Coffee from this cooperative regularly places in the top of Peruvian gourmet coffee competitions.

The CENFROCAFE financial team provides short-term credit that help farmers cover the front-end costs of the harvest and materials in the coffee production.
The improved revenue for CENFROCAFE farmers has been instrumental for their access to basic health, education, and other social services.
“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, we are receiving a fair price for our efforts, and our members can be proud again to be farmers.”

THE COFFEE: Spicy and slightly leathery aroma. The flavour in the cup is clean, bright and fruity, having sweet orange acidity and a slight smoky or caramelised finish. The body is medium and you’re left with a pleasant fruity aftertaste.
PROCESS: Fully washed
CERTIFICATION: FLO, Naturland (IFOAM)


Nicaragua, Segovia

CO-OP: PRODECOOP
THE PEOPLE:  At PRODECOOP, they say that growing better coffee leads to a better life for their members; they realise that the two activities go very much hand in hand. If they are growing better coffee, they will receive higher prices from their regular buyers including Trade Aid. They recognise that with the benefit of fair trade prices they are able to pay back annually nearly US$1 million in price premiums to their 2300 growers, which will partly be reinvested into improved production techniques, which will in turn feed higher demand for coffee in future years at prices which will increasingly benefit the wider community. The rest of the money will be channelled both into farmers’ hands (to improve their access to basic necessities such as more nutritional food and money to pay for healthcare) and into community projects (such as paying for academic scholarships, providing classroom materials, and the funding of cultural activities). 
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Prodecoop cooperative is a second-tier organization that brings together 38 grassroots cooperatives composed of 2,300 small farmers, 30% are women.
Growers and producers are located in different communities and coffee growing areas in the departments of Esteli, Madriz and Nueva Segovia in northern Nicaragua.
Services such as marketing, cooperative development, including technical assistance, training, credit, institutional strengthening of cooperatives, improving coffee quality and social projects are provided.

THE COFFEE: Soft herbal aroma, light to medium body, and a definite bright, citrus element to the flavour. It is sweet and juicy tasting with a slight smoky aftertaste
PROCESS: Fully washed
CERTIFICATION: FLO, OCIA. (IFOAM)