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San Fernando


Co-op Name: Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera San Fernando Ltda
Location: Inkawasi, La Convencion, Cusco, Peru
Number of producers: 390
Founded: 2001
Certified: Organic, Fair Trade, SPP
Varietals: Caturra, Catimor, Bourbon
Altitude: 1250-2050 meters above sea level
Website: n/a
Interesting Fact: The farmer members of San Fernando are quechua and practice one of the core quechua values of ayni in their community. Ayni is the practice of work exchange and reciprocity between neighbors. It is often translated as “today for me, tomorrow for you” and is a system of work exchange practiced widely throughout quechua communities in the Andes.

A little bit of history: The San Fernando Cooperative has farmer members in two very isolated valleys in the heart of the Andes. The two watershed valleys where the cooperative members have their farms are called San Fernando and Inkawasi. The communities in these two watershed regions are quechua-speaking and in addition to growing coffee have recently started planting avocados and bananas for the local market. San Fernando is a very isolated place and the first roads to reach the valleys were opened around 2005. Up until 2005, coffee farmers had to bring their coffee out of the valleys and over the mountains on the backs of pack mules. Even now, many of the farmers have hours long treks to bring their coffee from their farms to community wet mills where the coffee cherries are processed.

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