This coffee comes to us from Cooxupé, a cooperative in the Sul de Minas, Cerrado & São Paulo regions of Brazil. Originally founded in 1932 as an agricultural cooperative, in 1957 it officially became a Regional Cooperative of Coffee Growers.
All 13 thousand (and growing!) members of Cooxupé are offered a series of free guidance and assistance for farming. Cooxupé employs over 200 people-agronomists, agricultural technicians and veterinarians who visit the properties and assist the farmers of Cooxupé. Together, they follow the entire process of specialty green coffee production, from planting to harvesting and post harvesting.
Cooxupé also takes their social responsibility towards their members seriously. In the rural areas where the cooperative works, they have developed health and scholarship programs and provided education and agricultural training. In these trainings, they put focus on the younger generations of coffee farmers and on building sustainable farming systems. An extremely successful program of theirs, called Escola Consciente, won the Andef Award in 2014, which is one of the most important awards in Brazilian agriculture.