May Featured Coffee: Peru Cenfrocafe

This month, Thread brings you a delicious new coffee from the Cajamarca Region of Peru.

Fair Trade - Organic - Washed
Cajamarca, Peru

CENFROCAFE was founded in 1999 with 220 small-scale coffee farmers in eleven community-based associations. Nearly fifteen years after their founding, CENFROCAFE, now based out of Jaen, serves more than 2,000 farmer members in local associations spanning across twelve districts within the lush Cajamarca region.

From technical assistance and quality control workshops for their farmers, to economic and leadership training for the young people in their rural communities, CENFROCAFE works not only to support the commercial endeavors of its members – but also to facilitate the development of their communities as a whole. The CENFROCAFE financial team provides short-term credit that help farmers cover the front-end costs of the harvest and materials in the coffee production.

CENFROCAFE is one of the leaders in creating a cooperative alliance with like-minded associations in the greater Cajamarca region to provide important technical and marketing services to thousands of small-scale farmers in Northern Peru. Without this kind of strong organization, local farmers would have otherwise been left each to his or her own devices to develop best practices for healthy fields and increased production yields, or for the marketing and sales of their coffee.

Results to date are impressive. On average, CENFROCAFE producers yield 20qq (100lb sacks of parchment) of organic coffee per hectare, and often show in the top finalists in national and international quality competitions. The improved revenue for CENFROCAFE farmers has been instrumental for their access to basic health, education, and other social services.

Thread is excited to feature this coffee for May, roasted lightly to bring out notes of milk chocolate, honey and dried fruit!

Quality Controller, Alexander Rangel, tests and scores each batch of coffee brought to CENFROCAFE by their members.

Fast Facts:
Location: San Ignacio, Jaen, Cajamarca regions
Altitude: 1000 – 1900 meters above sea level
Varietal: Arabica – Bourbon, Typica, Caturra
Founded: 1999
Members: 2000

Profile: Crisp acidity, medium body w/ milk chocolate, dried fruits, honey and caramel flavors

Information and photos of Cenfrocafe provided by Cooperative Coffees.