Producer Profiles

CENFROCAFE - Central Fronteriza Del Norte De Cafetaleros

Farmers take notes during a technical assistance workshop, financed with support from the Fair Trade Premium.
In alliance with Peru’s National Department of Health, CENFROCAFE created a uterine cancer detection program available to women.
In 1999, 11 organizations in the northern central region of Peru came together to form the Central Fronteriza Del Norte De Cafetaleros (CENFROCAFE). They started with 220 producers, cultivating an estimated 9,000 quintals of coffee on about 760 hectares of land spread throughout the Cajamarca region.

CENFROCAFE became Fair Trade Certified in 2007 which enabled producers more direct access to markets and comprehensive information on world coffee prices. They have strengthened their relationship with international partners while creating a more transparent and just supply chain. Coffee from this cooperative regularly places in the top of Peruvian gourmet coffee competitions.


We have much better contact with our clients and have created reliable and trustworthy relationships together. Financial organizations are now more available and willing to work with us. Fair Trade has opened many doors for us.  

Elemer Pena, Sales Manager CENFROCAFE

We invest an estimated 30 percent of our Fair Trade premium to provide training and technical assistance programs to our members. We’ve seen our average production per hectare increase by 13,000 lbs in 2008 and by 21,000 lbs in 2012. This increase has enabled our members to earn more income for their families and improve their quality of life.  

Elmer Reynaldo Pena Silva, Commercial Manager


New Collection Center

Members benefit from a newly constructed collection warehouse.

Beekeeping For Additional Income

Interested producers received training and materials to start beekeeping as a diversification strategy to complement their coffee incomes.

Staff Training and Development

CENFROCAFE provided workshops to develop producer skills and knowledge in production, quality regulation and certification standards.