Peru is one of the top 20 coffee producers in the world, and is ranked 5th in Arabica exports. Peru had established coffee growers on its coast for many years before it became an exported crop; most coffee grown there was used for domestic consumption and there was little interest in exporting Peruvian
coffee. Years later, it was cultivated in areas further from the coast, and after the Peruvian Corporation completed its Central Railway it was cultivated in the Chanchamayo district. In the 1970s, many large dry mills were established near ports to streamline exports. Quantity was valued over quality, but recently that model has changed and modern methods have been introduced, creating higher quality Peruvian coffee and ensuring that a vast majority of the country’s coffee is fair trade and organic.
The Cautivo Cooperative of Northern Peru is run by a group of organized farmers, and they have formed a legal association. The members of the co-op strive to improve the standard of living for all involved. They promote water management, environmental protection, and the production of organic materials, such as fertilizers. It’s through these sustainable practices that the Cautivo co-op has been able to achieve their organic certification.
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