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 3,000 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.
Tasting profile: Juicy acidity, medium body with milk chocolate, dried fruits, orange and caramel flavors
Cooperativa de Servicios Multiples CENFROCAFE Peru
Social Premium Investment: 2020 Crop YearFair 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.
InfastructureInvestment into the coffee roasting plant and building a warehouse at the dry mill location.
Additional IncomeAdditional quality premium payment for members of the specialty coffee program.
OperationsStrengthening governance of the cooperative. Covering expenses of committee, board, decentralized assemblies and general membership meetings. Providing governance workshops and general information meetings to delegates, Development and promotion.
Improve YieldsCover salaries for staff that provides technical assistance services in the specialty coffee program focusing on improving cup quality of members' coffee. Also providing technical assistance for productive diversification through the raising of livestock such as pigs, chicken and cuy.
Community DevelopmentCommunity support fund. This fund finances expenses such as building material for mmixed-use community halls, support for members during natural disasters and community emergencies, mortuary fund and other memeber emergencies
EducationStrengthening the education committee, women's committee to promote workshops and trainings with members and staff.