Sol & Café is a coffee grower’s cooperative located in northern Peru’s Cajamarca growing region. Sharing a border with Ecuador, Cajamarca is situated in the Andes mountains, the longest mountain range in the world. Since being founded in 2003, Sol & Café has grown from 27 to 60 base associations and now has over 1,000 individual members found throughout the lush Cajamarca region.
Producers seeking membership into Sol & Café must have the visto bueno, or approval of existing members within their community. If an applicant comes from a community not yet associated with the cooperative, representatives will visit the producer to determine whether they will be a contributing member to the group and are committed to producing high quality coffee.
Sol & Café is one of the leaders in creating cooperative alliances with like-minded associations in the greater Cajamarca region. The co-op provides important technical and marketing services to the small-scale farmers in northern Peru. Without this kind of strong organizational support, local farmers would have been left to produce coffee and find buyers on their own. Instead Sol & Café helps farmers develop best practice strategies for cultivating healthy fields, increased production yields, and for locating markets, facilitating sales and exporting their coffee.
Peru Cajamarca is a very approachable coffee with both Fair Trade and organic certifications. We have been offering coffee from Sol & Café for several years and we couldn’t be happier with this year’s crop.