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Producer Profiles

BAGUA GRANDE - Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera Bagua Grande

The Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera Bagua Grande is located in the Amazonas region of northeastern Peru. Established in 1979 in response to low prices paid by local coyotes, BAGUA GRANDE has grown to be the largest coffee cooperative in its region. The decision to unite under this umbrella organization came with the realization that they needed to reach major negotiating power against intermediaries. Only then would they be able to work towards improving the quality of life for its members. Currently, the organization counts with 450 small coffee farmer members.


We are a small producer organization and we like to work in teams. This is the main factor and the leading indicator that has helped us to keep our service after 35 years of been created.  

Fortunato Perez Mera, CAC Bagua Grande Admin

Since becoming Fair Trade Certified, we have implemented regulations at the individual level pre- and post-harvest, which makes all the difference in the quality of our coffee. Our next step is constructing this processing plant so we can maintain our high quality.  

Fortunato Perez Mera, CAC Bagua Grande Admin


Increases in Production

The majority of premium funds have been used by producer members whom are interested in establishing their own small businesses. Micro loans have been given to members and their families after reviewing the compliance to the requirements such as their business plan and loan payment calendar. So far, 164 micro loans have been given out.

New Processing Plant

Members of Bagua Grande voted to use premium funds to build a communal processing plant. This will help producer members see the processes that take place after their coffee is harvested, and allow them to see what qualities are desired to help them receive better pricing.