Go all the way back to the beginning of coffee’s fair trade movement and you will find Promotora de Desarrollo Cooperativo de Las Segovias (PRODECOOP). Established in 1992, PRODECOOP now has a history of more than 25 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 is named after the Miraflor natural reserve, which has
more than 200 species of orchids. Two small cooperatives, Jose Benito Diaz with 21 members and Vicente Talabera with 36 members, cultivate, harvest and process coffee at farm level micro-mills before delivering dried parchment to PRODECOOP. The consistent quality of Miraflor year after year is attributable in part to PRODECOOP and in part to the small cooperatives, which provide tailored grassroots organization and commitment for the communities where they operate.