Producer Profiles

Cooperativa Norandino (Formerly CEPICAFE)

Operational planning
Family with improved bamboo housing
Producer working on his land
Formerly known as CEPICAFE or the Central Piurana de Cafetaleros, Cooperativa Norandino is an association of 90 small-scale coffee cooperatives formed in 1995 in the Piura region of northwestern Peru. Before becoming Fair Trade Certified in 1996, local farmers sold their coffee to local intermediaries at extremely low prices, causing many farmers to leave the region in search of additional work.

This organization of cooperatives aims to improve the quality of life of coffee-growing families and is an important contributor to the sustainable development of the region. It became Fair Trade Certified in order to access international markets on a level where farmers would be paid fairly for their product. Cooperativa Norandino prides itself in the direct level of participation and autonomy that its members hold in decisions involving the organization.


“The biggest challenge for producers is to be constantly improving the quality of their coffee, because with that effort, the producer is guaranteeing her own quality of life.”  

Gilmar Castillo



With $35,000, Norandino distributed compost to 300 members.

Agriculture Development Fund

Various regions that were affected by roya received $34,469 of the premium in the form of preventive measures to combat the disease, such as the purchase and application of fungicides.

Machinery and Maintenance

Norandino invested $50,000 in improving the coffee processing plant.