Producer Profiles

CAC Pangoa - Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera Pangoa

CAC Pangoa is a cooperative of small coffee farmers located in San Martín de Pangoa, Perú. The majority of co-op members cultivate coffee plots between five and ten hectares. The cooperative promotes strong leadership and gender equality. The General Manager, Esperanza Dionisio Castillo, is well-known for her impressive cooperative management skills. The cooperative has been exporting its coffee to the European Fair Trade market since it became Fair Trade Certified in 2001. In 2003, CAC Pangoa made its first sale to the US market.


Productivity & Quality

Since 2008, members of CAC Pangoa have voted to invest the premium in covering coffee renovation costs, benefitting 88 members in 2015. Members also voted to invest the premium to implement or improve existing wet processing mills. Both lack of efficient wet mills and wet mills in poor condition were contributing to lower coffee quality.


CAC Pangoa used the premium to help finance preventive health attention and education, particularly for elderly members. The premium also financed the university education of 25 children of members who otherwise lacked opportunity and financial resources. Part of the agreement is for the beneficiaries to repay the loan within 10 years, after they have had time to complete their studies and become successful in their careers.