Meet The family Farmers
who Grew Your Coffee
Our relationships with farmers, their cooperatives, and their communities are at the heart of our business model. We recognize that long-term trade relationships are the bread and butter of our own cooperative. The vast majority of coffee we buy comes from the same coffee farmers year after year– some of these relationships have been nurtured for 10 or 15 years. We recognize that building community and investing in farmers gives them the security of knowing that they can sell their coffee for a higher price every year. It also allows us to know that we will be able to have a regular supply of excellent coffee to roast for our customers.
To find out more about our farmer partners and to see our contracts with them, please see the Fair Trade Proof interactive pages.
- Bolivia- Asociación Integral de Productores Ecológicos de Pumiri (AIPEP)
- Colombia- ASOANEI (ANEI)
- Colombia- Fondo Paez
- Democratic Republic of Congo- Solidarité Paysanne pour la Promotion des Actions Café et Développement Intégral (SOPACDI)
- Democratic Republic of Congo- La Cooperative de Café Muungano
- Ecuador- Federación Regional de Asociaciones de Pequeños Cafetaleros Ecológicos del Sur (FAPECAFES)
- Ethiopia- Fero
- Ethiopia- Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU)
- Guatemala- APECAFORM
- Guatemala – Cooperativa Agrícola y de Servicios Varios Río Azul
- Honduras- Café Orgánico Marcala SA (COMSA)
- Mexico- Unión de Productores Maya Vinic (Maya Vinic)
- Mexico- Yachil Xolobal Chulchan (Yachil)
- Nicaragua- Las Diosas
- Peru- Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera Pangoa (CAC Pangoa)
- Peru- Cooperativa Jose Gabriel Condorcanqui
- Peru- Norandino
- Sumatra- Permata Gayo
Legacy Coffee Farmer Sources
Big agriculture has been a driver of climate change for quite some time. The fossil fuels and synthetic chemicals used in the fields have had a negative effect in terms of emissions and the degradation of soils. Small farmer-led organic agriculture presents a counter...
Since 2013 Just Coffee Cooperative has been working with our importing co-op-- Cooperative Coffees-- to support our farmer partners in the face of severe plant disease and the overall effects of climate change. By donating five cents for every...
The Pursuit of Taste: How Obsession with Quality is Intensifying Climate Change and Putting Farmers at Risk
by Chandler Meyer We’ve got a problem in the coffee industry. Most of the world’s coffee is extremely limited in genetic diversity, with only eight out of 120 species of the Coffee genus being cultivated by farmers. Because of this lack of genetic diversity, coffee...
by Chandler Meyer When a coffee plant puts out its first few leaves and small branches, the coffee farmers of Maya Vinic call their plants “little soldiers”, and soldiers they most certainly are. In today’s global climate, coffee plants face a plethora of challenges...
Some of our partners of the Maya Vinic cooperative in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico have once again been displaced by insecurity and violence in their communities. Between 4000 and 5000 people in the area have had to leave their homes since October because of...
On October 15th I flew to Colombia to meet my friend and Co-op Coffees green buyer Felipe Guardian to visit our partners at ANEI in Northern Colombia. I visited ANEI a couple of years ago and was interested to see how they have grown-- both in terms of their coffee...
Author: Jess Pernsteiner, Farmer Relations and Outreach Coordinator Continued from Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 Day 4 Dame and our drivers arrived early Friday morning to take us back to Addis. Unexpectedly, Dame had strapped 2 live chickens strapped to the roof of one...
Author: Jess Pernsteiner, Farmer Relations and Outreach Coordinator Continued from Part 1 and Part 2 Day 3 Kero! Using the few Sidama words that I had asked Dame to write out for me, I attempted to greet the children, people and even farmers we were working with....
Author: Jess Pernsteiner, Farmer Relations and Outreach Coordinator Continued from Part 1 Day 2: Devling Into SCFCU Fellow members of my group discussed Ethiopian coffees and SCFCU the next morning as we gathered our bearings to discuss the agenda for the week. Since...
Author: Jess Pernsteiner, Farmer Relations and Community Outreach Coordinator Day 1: Arriving to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Selam! (Hello, in Amharic!) After 2 flights and 2 days of travel, I had arrived in Addis Ababa, the buzzing capital of Ethiopia. Initially...