NICARAGUA FT ORGANIC SJ RIO COCO BENJAMIN CORNEJO – 29071 – Ecotact Bags – SPOT RCWHSE

Position Spot

Bags 20

Warehouses Oakland

About this coffee

Grower

57 producers organized around Cooperativa Benjamín Cornejo, R.L.

Altitude

900 – 1200 masl

Variety

Parainema, Catimor, Catuaí

Soil

Clay minerals

Region

San Juan del Rio Coco, Madriz, Nicaragua.

Process

Fully washed and dried in the sun

Harvest

November - February

Certification

Fair Trade | Organic

Coffee Background

Go all the way back to the beginning of coffee’s fair trade coffee movement and you will find Promotora de Desarrollo Cooperativo de Las Segovias (PRODECOOP). Established in 1992, PRODECOOP now has a history of more than 30 years as a model cooperative in the coffee supply chain. PRODECOOP is an umbrella organization by design, meaning its primary purpose is to cover nearly 40 community based cooperatives operating in the department of Esteli, Madriz, and Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua. PRODECOOP focuses on creating access to credit for producers and investing in social programs on a larger and more impactful scale using the collective resources generated from the sale of coffee.  Environmental training programs, healthcare initiatives, life insurance, and educational opportunities are just some of the ways PRODECOOP strives to support community based cooperatives and improve the quality of life for coffee producers and their families. PRODECOOP also operates a centrally located dry mill facility and cupping lab where coffee is received, processed and selected for export.  Preparing coffee for export is a vital resource for local cooperatives, which ensures traceability and quality control throughout the post harvest process. This particular lot comes from a cooperative called Benjamín Cornejo, R.L., which was established in 1992 and has 57 current members who cultivate coffee throughout the municipality of San Juan del Río Coco in the department of Madriz. Each member cultivates, harvests and processes coffee at farm level micro-mills before delivering parchment to PRODECOOP. The consistent quality year after year is attributable in part to PRODECOOP and in part to the small cooperative, which provides tailored grassroots organization and commitment for the communities where they operate.