Producer Profiles

BAGUA GRANDE - Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera Bagua Grande

Fair Trade Premium dollars at work! CAC Bagua Grande’s processing plant under construction. Image from July 2013.
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.
 

Quotable

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

Programs

Organic Technical Assistance

Producers receive training and personalized technical advice from agronomists on best organic practices and procedures to assist during their transition from conventional to organic or improve current farming techniques.

Loans for Harvesting & Processing Supplies

Members may access credit to purchase supplies, tools or machinery.

Processing Plant Under Construction!

CAC Bagua Grande is constructing a processing plant and will invest a portion of their Fair Trade premium each year until it is complete.