Sacramento, California – Pachamama Coffee Cooperative, a farmer-owned roaster and retailer of organic coffee, has won the Specialty Coffee Association 2021 Sustainability Award for Business Model.
The annual award recognizes innovative business models shown to expand and promote sustainability in coffee, while inspiring others to pursue similar endeavors. The 2021 Sustainability Award will be presented by the SCA on May 12-13.
“From its foundation, Pachamama Coffee was designed to be a sustainable coffee chain, directly linking smallholder farmers with the consumers of their coffee,” states Thaleon Tremain, the cooperative’s CEO and co-founder. Pachamama was established in 2006 in California as a global cooperative with member-groups in Peru, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and Ethiopia. Members own 100% of the shareholder equity and control all the votes in the boardroom.
Carlos Reynoso, Pachamama’s vice-president, representing member Manos Campesinas in Guatemala, observes “for the producers who fight every day to maintain their farms and deliver quality coffee, they are the true architects of this business model. We feel quite happy, grateful and inspired.”
Pachamama Coffee is a federated cooperative based in Sacramento, CA. The cooperative’s five member-groups are COCLA (Peru), PRODECOOP (Nicaragua), Manos Campesinas (Guatemala), La Unión Regional de Huatusco (Mexico) and Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (Ethiopia).