CENFROCAFE

CENFROCAFE was founded in 1999 with 220 small-scale coffee farmers in eleven community-based associations. Nearly fifteen years after their founding, CENFROCAFE, now based out of Jaen, serves more than 2,000 farmer members in local associations spanning across twelve districts within the lush Cajamarca region.

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 their communities as a whole. 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.

CENFROCAFE is one of the leaders in creating a cooperative alliance with like-minded associations in the greater Cajamarca region to provide important technical and marketing services to thousands of small-scale farmers in Northern Peru. Without this kind of strong organization, local farmers would have otherwise been left each to his or her own devices to develop best practices for healthy fields and increased production yields, or for the marketing and sales of their coffee.

Results to date are impressive. On average, CENFROCAFE producers yield 20qq (100lb sacks of parchment) of organic coffee per hectare, and often show in the top finalists in national and international quality competitions. The improved revenue for CENFROCAFE farmers has been instrumental for their access to basic health, education, and other social services.

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, we are receiving a fair price for our efforts, and our members can be proud again to be farmers.”

We began importing from CENFROCAFE in 2005. Since then, our relationship with this cooperative has flourished both in coffee purchases – with more than 2 million pounds direct purchased — as well as roaster efforts to support their production and quality improvement initiatives.

Cooperativa de Servicios Múltiples CENFROCAFE Perú

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Varietals Grown:

  • 40% Catimor
  • 30% Caturra
  • 10% Bourbon
  • 10% Mundo Novo
  • 5% Colombia
  • 2% Pache Colis
  • 0.75% Parainema
  • 0.25% Other

Social Premium Investment: 2018 Crop Year Fair Trade Certification guarantees 20 cents/lb of the price paid a producer organization is set aside as a social premium. How this money is invested is a decision taken collectively by the general assembly of members at the end of each harvest. Below is a break down of how producers in this organization chose to spend their fair trade premium.

48%
Additional Income Additional income for farmers paid in the form of premium payments for quality and certification.
22%
Improve Yields Cover the personnel costs of technical staff who are offering workshops and technical accompaniment to members. Investment in the production of seedlings and nurseries, including the importation of seed. Workshops on productive diversification including raising livestock.
12%
Operations Strengthen Cooperative Governance, delegate workshops. Design and development of the internal software of the organization. Promotional activities and community building with members.
6%
Diversification Investment in diversifying coffee offerings through the development of high quality washed, natural and honey processed coffees.
5%
Education Strengthen the Education and Women's committees. Continued investment in training for members and staff.
5%
Infastructure Investments in expanding collection center capacity and development of cupping labs.
2%
Community Development Investment in building community centers for members, support for members as response to natural disasters and community emergencies.

Recent Projects We Supported:

DateProjectStatusReport
5/29/19Establish Safe and Profitable Waste Management SystemApproved 
3/13/19Cool Farm Tool Workshop & Exchange - GuatemalaApproved