From the Ground Up - Our Story

A GLOBAL COOPERATIVE OWNED BY COFFEE FARMERS

Pachamama Coffee Cooperative is based in Sacramento, California and owned by thousands of coffee farmers in Peru, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and Ethiopia, in order to roast and brand their coffee for customers in the USA. Pachamama Coffee is a vertically integrated supply chain, from seed to cup. The cooperative is 100% owned and governed by coffee farmers, connecting more than 240,000 families directly to end-consumers. 

CREATED BY FARMERS, FOR FARMERS

The cooperative currently has five member-owners, farmer groups from Peru (COCLA), Guatemala (Manos Campesinas), Ethiopia (OCFCU), Mexico (La Union Regional de Huatusco), and Nicaragua (PRODECOOP). Each member-group has one vote and one representative on Pachamama Coffee’s board of directors. Co-founder Merling Preza, general manager of PRODECOOP in Nicaragua, is the current president of Pachamama Coffee.

WHAT IS A COOPERATIVE? 

A cooperative is a business owned and controlled by its members, the people that use its services. Rather than rewarding outside investors, a co-op business generates profits, equity and independence for its owners. When you purchase products from a cooperative, more of your dollars go back to its member-owners, who benefit by gaining financial independence and price stability. In turn, this often leads to more investment in producing a better product, a virtuous cycle that benefits all stakeholders. Learn more about cooperatives at www.ICA.coop.

100% OF PROFITS TO FARMER-OWNERS 

Pachamama’s roastery and cafes are located in Sacramento, California. All coffee is carefully roasted in small batches, Certified Organic by CCOF, sealed with the Pachamama logo, and shipped directly to customers within days. By roasting, packing and shipping their own coffee, Pachamama’s farmers control quality and freshness at every step. As owners, our farmers receive 100% of the profits we generate as well as 100% of the value of the shares hold in Pachamama Coffee, a California-based Cooperative Corporation. 

Please contact us to learn more.