Producer Profile: Guatemala, Sumatra, Nicaragua

Written by Cafe Campesino on Jun 1, 2007 in NEWSLETTER, Producer Profile |

BRAG Brew is a blend of three coffees, each of which has its own unique flavor profile. More importantly though, each of the coffees in BRAG Brew, like all of Café Campesino’s coffees, comes from a specific, known producer cooperative with its own identity, personality and history. Read on to learn more about the people who produce the coffee that we call BRAG Brew…

Guatemala — Café Campesino, via our membership in Cooperative Coffees, gets our Fair Trade, organic coffee from four different producer coops in Guatemala: APECAFORM, Chahul, Santa Anita, and Rio Azul. In this edition of Fair Grounds, we are pleased to introduce our friends at Coop Rio Azul. Located in the remote western Guatemala town of Jacaltenango, Coop Rio Azul is a 169-member cooperative. Founded in 1967, the cooperative has a long history of producing some of the best coffee exported under the famed “Huehuetenango” mark. The members of Rio Azul all live no more than a 1.5 hour walk to the wet mill in Jacaltenango, which allows the cooperative complete control over several stages of the quality process. Learn more about Coop Rio Azul.

Sumatra — PPKGO is made up of more than 1,600 growers in 32 communities across the Aceh Province of Sumatra. This region of Indonesia is renowned as the largest producer of Arabica coffee in Southeast Asia, but it is also the site of the seemingly ceaseless civil war between Acehnese separatists and the Indonesian military. PPKGO is the first and only Fair Trade certified coffee cooperative in Southeast Asia. Coop members live in an environmentally sensitive region in and around the buffer zone to Gunung Leuser National Park, an area that contains critical watersheds and sanctuaries for endangered species such as the Sumatran tiger. Producers are dedicated to producing high-quality, 100% organic and shade grown coffee while ensuring their production practices conserve resources and preserve the biologically diverse ecosystem in which they live. Learn more about PPKGO.

Nicaragua — Cecocafen started with 500 producers. Today, more than 2000 families are members. In the early stages of this umbrella organization, obtaining credit for their members was found to be particularly challenging. However, for the 2005-2006 production period, they had access to more than 6 million dollars in credit, indicating to what extent they have grown. Learn more about Cecocafen.

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