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Pachamama Coffee Wins the SCA's Sustainability Award for Business Model

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...

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Roast Magazine

Whom Does Transparency Serve

By Nani Ferriera-Matthews

“Tremain says “ Sustainability in the industry has to start with the economics” He explains how the farmer leaders who organized Pachamama understood the need to look downstream, “its quite profitable as a matter of fact. Farmers need to capture a bigger piece of the pie, there’s certainly enough money in the supply chain to solve this problem”

'Making Coffee Sustainable' - Food Tank

The model shifts farmers from price-takers to price-setters. Think of the sea change that could happen if more farmers were similarly positioned to capture most of the profits from a cup of coffee, instead of earning just a penny or two. Sustainable coffee could then be the fuel that makes the world go round.


Ensuring Economic Viability and Sustainability of Coffee Production - Columbia Center For Sustainable Investment

“Purchase coffee directly from the farmer. This is the most impactful action a consumer can take to ensure the farmer earns more of the final retail price.” : Jeffery D Sachs, Kaitlyn Cordes, James Rising, Perrine Toledano, and Nicolas Maennling


'The Best Fair Trade coffee you can buy' - Mashed

Farmers based in Peru, Guatemala, and Nicaragua created the company to grow and roast beans themselves rather than sell to roasters for a fraction of what they could be earning.


'a rarity in a tangled global commodity market' - Eater SF

This Sacramento-based coffee cooperative is the first to partner with a food cooperative , making the supply chain from farmer to roaster to barista to customer 100 percent supportive of the farmer’s wallet. It’s a rarity in a tangled global commodity market and shipping industry.


'Can Companies Be Held Accountable for Problematic Supply Chains' - Salon

I would like to see if producer-driven initiatives could reach more consumers. There is more of an opening for direct-to-consumer approaches and some specialty companies are doing good, interesting things. For example, I buy Pachamama coffee, which is the only producer-owned vertically integrated company I know of that is selling to U.S. consumers.


SCA Report: Equitable Value Distribution Survey Findings

Businesses that share value intentionally, using inclusive business and sourcing models, can create value and innovate while supporting all supply chain actors. That will require a mindset shift, but examples of alternative value distribution exist around us: look at Pachamama Coffee, a roasting company founded by a consortium of coffee farmer cooperatives in 2006.


'A Cooperative Cup' - Comstock Magazine

“Our business model is so unique,” says Preza. She has been doing business with U.S. coffee concerns for 30 years, has been president of Pachamama since 2013, and is general manager of Prodecoop, a Nicaragua-based cooperative. “It’s the actual coffee producer that’s putting the coffee here, and they own the company.”


A Cooperative Take On Farm-to-cup

The biggest challenge facing the industry, Tremain said, is that coffee farmers are not earning enough to continue producing, which will ultimately lead to a supply problem if not addressed.