Co-op Name: Cooperativa de Servicios Multiples Sol y Cafe Ltda
Location: Jaen, Peru
Number of producers: 1026
Certified: Organic, Fair Trade, SPP
Varietals: Caturra, Catuai, Catimor
Altitude: 1400-1800 meters above sea level
Interesting Fact: Sol y Café is a part of our Donor Advised Fund core group and received funding at the end of 2017 to jumpstart a centralized coffee tree nursery. Gerardo Alarcon and Javier Dominguez, general manager and commercial manager of Sol y Café, joined Equal Exchange and other core producer partners at a diagnostic and planning event in Chiapas, Mexico in May 2017 and were inspired by our partner CESMACH’s incredible nursery. CESMACH annually produces close to one million coffee seedlings for their producer members. Sol y Café took that experience back to Northern Peru and shared their idea with the technical team at the organization. They decided to apply for funding through our DAF in order to establish their first central nursery. Their goal is to produce 50,000 seedlings in the first year for 50 member farmers.
A little bit of history: Sol y Café is a small farmer organization of coffee, cacao, and rice in Jaen, Cajamarca, Peru. The group was initially founded with support from Caritas Jaen and USAID in 2003. In 2005, Sol y Café began to work directly with Norandino Cooperative (another EE partner, formerly known as CEPICAFE) to sell their coffee into the specialty coffee market.
In 2006 they started the organic certification process with 100 farmer members. The Sol y Café Cooperative business was formally registered as an agricultural cooperative in 2008 and the cooperative achieved FLO fair trade certification in 2011. After achieving their own fair trade certifications, the Sol y Café cooperative entered into a new stage of exporting directly to foreign buyers in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Today, Sol y Café has 58 base or community associations and 1026 members. Sol y Café’s members live in the following communities in Northern Peru: Jaén, San José del Alto, Huabal, Colasay, Bella Vista, Santa Rosa, Las Pirias, San Ignacio, Tabaconas, La Coipa, Chirinos, and Huarango. The cooperative exports to 11 countries including Canada, Mexico, the US, Germany, Belgium, France, the United Kingdowm, Holland, Italy, Sweden, and Australia. Annually, Sol y Café exports approximately 200 containers of green coffee putting them in second place of all coffee export cooperatives in Peru.
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