Cooperative Coffees (CC) is a green coffee importing cooperative, comprised of 24 community-based coffee roasters in the USA and Canada, committed to building and supporting equitable and sustainable trade relationships for the benefit of farmers and their exporting cooperatives, families and communities. We strive to promote fair trade and sustainable development alternatives in both the North and the South, while continuing to sell the highest quality coffee on the market.
Cooperative Coffees matches the green coffee needs of 24 owner-roasters with small-scale coffee farmer cooperatives; establishing direct, equitable fair trade relationships between these roasters and growers. CC strives to promote fair trade and sustainable development alternatives in both the North and the South, while continuing to sell the highest quality coffee on the market.
Members of CC strive to purchase from partner cooperatives, or from other like-minded, producer cooperatives in strict adherence to the following fair-trade criteria:
- Paying fair prices to the producers
- Offering support for cooperative workplaces
- Promoting greater consumer consciousness
- Encouraging environmental sustainability
- Providing financial and technical support
- Respecting cultural identity
Cooperative Coffees currently works with 18 small farmer organizations in 12 distinct coffee producing countries. Our trade partners are farmer cooperatives, local organizations founded and democratically governed by the farmers themselves. Fair Trade helps build pride, independence and empowerment for small farmers, their families and their communities.
Cooperative Coffees trading partners are located in Bolivia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, East Timor, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Rwanda, and Sumatra (Indonesia).
The first seven years of operation have been highly successful. Some highlights include:
- Annualized sales growth of 35% over the last five years.
- Cooperative members have invested more than $350,000 in the organization through the purchase of one share each of common stock and non-voting preferred stock.
- Access to $2,000,000 of short and long term debt financing to cover inventory and receivables financing.
If you’ve never heard of "Death Road," you’ve never visited Caranavi, Bolivia, where more than 80 percent of the country’s green coffee is produced. On this particular weekend, that long and treacherous road is the site of a lively coffee celebration – the first ever Fair Trade Coffee Cupping Competition and Exchange. Full Story