Coop. J.G. Condorcanqui

Founded in 1969, Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera Jose Gabriel Condorcanqui is one of the oldest cooperatives in the Canchaque region of northern Piura, Peru. It is named after an indigenous hero, who in 1780, aware of dissatisfaction with colonial rule, led a rebellion to improve the rights of indigenous Peruvians suffering under the Spanish Bourbon Reforms.

Coop Candorcanqui is a member of Cooperativa Norandino, a second level non-profit organization serving its coop members’ marketing, financing and technical training needs. 

For the past several years, Cooperative Coffees has been working with Norandino to revive the traditional natural process coffees of the Canchaque region. Norandino and Coop Condorcanqui saw the first successful fruits of their labour during the 2012 harvest, when the farmers around Coyona produced three small-lots of natural process coffee.

 “Prior to 1990, nearly 100% of Sierra Piurana coffee was natural process” says Norandino manager Santiago Paz. “This Canchaque coffee was famous world-wide for its special flavor profile.” 

The producers themselves say, recovering the Cafe Canchaque is both sentimental and a smart marketing move, creating a unique niche and distinguishing the region as one of the only producers of high-quality, unwashed coffees in all of Peru. 

Characterised by its consistently sweet blend of tropical fruit and caramel flavors, full body and bitter cocoa finish, this very special prep coffee has now become a stable offering to our roaster-members.

Coop Candorcanqui has almost 200 members spread across 5 casilleros, which represents the vast majority of the local population in the region. 100 producers live in the town of Coyona itself, with coffee fields located between 1,000 and 1,600 meters above sea level. This kind of proximity and cohesion is rare in rural cooperatives, offering their members greater opportunities for community impact and development.
 

Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera José Gabriel Condorcanqui LTDA

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Varietals Grown:

  • 35% Bourbon
  • 35% Typica
  • 25% Catimor
  • 5% Catuai

Social Premium Investment: 2019 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.

74%
Operations Pay for export and commercialization costs charged by Norandino
Improve Yields Purchase organic fertilizer
Infastructure Hulling machine maintenance Building 15 drying tables for the central wet mill in order to dry natural and washed coffees and improve quality Purchase plastic tarps for members in order to dry coffee.