In 2005, we began trading with CAC Pangoa, in Peru. Our intentions were to find a co-operative using the FLO model in South America, who had demonstrated success in pairing capacity building initiatives and quality coffee. Since 2005, we have purchased 7 containers of coffee, and have been execptionally proud of the work CAC Pangoa continues to do in the coffee growing region.
LGT purchases coffee directly from CAC Pangoa, a 700+ member co-operative. Of their members less then 10% are organic farmers. Level Ground purchases solely from these organic farmers.
Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera Pangoa (CAC) Pangoa
Background of Organization
CAC Pangoa is a progressive organization, with strength in leadership, gender equality and innovation. They mill, sort, grade and export coffee.
Selva Central region near San Martin de Pangoa, Peru
Type of Organization
Fair Trade Certified by FLO (ID 920) and Organic certified by OCIA
Farmers are small-scale. Approximately fifteen percent of the farmers selling to CAC Pangoa are indigenous. The main source of income for many of the farmers is coffee, but other products such as honey and cocoa are being produced for market.
Located in the Selva Central region near San Martin de Pangoa
April through August
Bourbon, Caturra, Catimor, Caturai, Pache, Typica
Some shade growing practices
Direct Fair Trade Premiums
Fair Trade premiums have gone towards projects including: cocoa and honey production, ecotourism to supplement coffee production, domestic sales of roasted coffee, educational fund for members to borrow money to pay for children's university fees, a medical fund allowing members' to borrow money for medical needs, shade growing initiatives, improving members living standards, developing individual wet processing plants and drying stations, and funeral cost fund.
The Benigno and Sixto Family
Benigno and Sixto and their family belong to the Nomatziguenga native people group of the Peruvian Amazon basis near Rio Blanco. Benigno Chiari Niaco, and his brother Sixto are Café Pangoa farmers. Their land holding consists of 1,600 ha of native reserve virgin forest to which they hold title. They started growing coffee in 2000 on 5 ha at an altitude of 1,633 mts and produced about 2,700 Kg of parchment. Down in the valley at Pangoa co-op they finish drying their coffee and sell it at fair trade and organic prices. Nearly all the food consumed by this family comes from their land. Coffee is a cash crop that brings other necesities, but their diet comes from the forest.