Producer Profiles

COOAGRONEVADA - Cooperativa de Caficultores y Agricultores de la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

COOAGRONEVADA (Cooperativa de Caficultores y Agricultores de la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta) is composed of 21 base level coffee cooperatives from three different regions in Colombia- Magdalena, La Guajira and Cesar. The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta region is located in the northeastern part of Colombia. This area is home to many indigenous populations that have been affected by widespread drug trafficking and guerilla warfare. Fair Trade prices have given local and indigenous farmers a viable alternative to growing illegal cash crops. Coffee has become a cultural and living tradition passed from generation to generation. Coffee from the Sierra Nevada is generally smooth and medium bodied, mild in acidity and with a fragrant aroma. Organic coffee beans are grown under full shade, predominantly from trees of the traditional variety and at estimated elevations between 3,300 to 4,300 feet.


“For our organization it is important to build and maintain lasting business relationships with exporters, importers and roasters, and therefore obtain a minimum price based on supply and demand dynamics, in order to avoid speculative bubbles and crashes.”  

Sandra Palacios, General Manager


Productivity & Quality

COOAGRONEVADA members benefit from the coop supplying seeds, sacks, and organic fertilizers so that they can renovate and maintain their farms. COOAGRNEVADA invested in milling upgrades, and purchased a roaster for the purposes of their own labeled brand, another added value niche to generate income.


COOAGRONEVADA invested the premium in improving infrastructure, including water treatment and housing. This helps improve both members’ livelihoods, but also the environment and the quality of their coffee. The premium also allowed for the creation of life insurance and mortuary funds, as well as a fund to bring education and sports to members and their children.

Producer Organizations

In order to be a successful and strong organization, COOAGRONEVADA invested in coop physical infrastructure, and internal control, certification, and technical assistance costs. COOAGRENVADA also invests the premium in accessing high-priced, international markets by attending important industry events. Additionally the premium was used as capital to be able to collect coffee from members, an essential activity during the busy harvest season.