Peru San Ignacio Cenfrocafe FTO

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PRODUCER: 3,000+ producers from Central Fronteriza del Norte de Cafetaleros (CENFROCAFE)
REGION: Amazonas
SUB-REGIONSan Ignacio, Cajamarca, Baguas
ALTITUDE: 1,100 – 1,900 masl
VARIETALSBourbon, Caturra, Typica
CERTIFICATION: Fair Trade Organic 
BAG SIZE: 69kg


CENFROCAFE began in October 1999 in Palla Peña, a town in Tabaconas, a district of San Ignacio. Originally named Central de Asociaciones, the group was formed by 11 associations that represented a total of 220 producers.

The cooperative soon grew beyond its original purposes and began working with CEPICAFE, a cooperative for smallholders in Peru. CENFROCAFE exported its first 60 containers with help from CEPICAFE in 2006 and in 2009, became a direct
exporter itself. Today, CENFROCAFE boasts over 3,000 members, organized into 84 associations. 

CENFROCAFE’s work on improving member livelihoods and increasing coffee quality has already seen significant results. Farmers with CENFROCAFE have an average yield of 1,133 kilograms, about 18.8- 60kg bags per hectare. This is almost a full 60kg bag more than the average organic yield of 1,080 kilogram, or 18-60kg bags per hectare. For farmers with smaller plots, this can make an enormous difference in their income and ultimately, their lives.


After selectively handpicking their cherry along the steep, often terraced slopes, farmers process cherry on their own farms. After pulping and fermenting, farmers wash parchment in clean water and lay to sun dry on patios or raised beds. More recently, many farmers have constructed solar greenhouses with raised beds.

Drying space is at a premium on the farmer’s small plots of land. These beds help maximize capacity with minimal spatial impact. Overflow cherry dries on screens in garage lofts or even in the eaves of farmers’ homes. 

Once dry, farmers deliver their parchment to a CENFROCAFE purchasing center in town. After grading for quality, the warehouse manager pays farmers for their parchment. CENFROCAFE takes great care to ensure that prices reflect the quality of the coffee and that farmers are fairly compensated for their work. As Anselmo Huaman Moreta, Board of Directors for CENFROCAFE says, “Our coffee is being recognized in the market for the quality we produce. We are receiving a fair price for our efforts and our members can be proud again to be farmers.”