What is "Farmer Owned"?

100% Farmer Owned means that all the shares (equity) in the business are owned by farmers. At Pachamama, coffee farmers have invested in roasting and brewing their best coffee in California. Our global co-op is governed by five member-groups from Peru, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and Ethiopia. Each member-group has a representative in the boardroom and owns a 20% share of the business. 

How's this "Innovative"?

Farmer Owned brands go beyond Fair Trade for the simple fact that farmers themselves own and control the company, helping themselves by serving you well. Farmers also build financial independence, because they own the capacity to trade directly with you, the retail consumer. By selling a branded product, our farmers capture the lion's share of the retail value of their specialty coffees.

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