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218. CAFE success story: Quality of coffee, quality of life

The 5 de junio cooperative in Nicaragua was arguably the most conspicuous success story during the three years of the CAFE Livelihoods project.  The cooperative took innovative approaches to improve both the quality of its coffee and the quality of life of the communities where its members live, scoring impressive gains on both counts.

Harvest time in Las Sabanas.

  • The cooperative worked tirelessly to increase its sales revenues by differentiating its coffee on the basis of quality.  It registered some notable successes in 2010/11 in partnership with Counter Culture Coffee, which sourced both special-process and single-varietal microlots from 5 de junio, including one that scored a 91 in Coffee Review.
  • And the organization finally succeeded in 2011 in earning Fair Trade Certification – a measure that will help it advance two of the goals mentioned above: differentiation and social reinvestment.

We want to congratulate the leadership and members of the 5 de junio cooperative and the dedicated team from the Fabretto Foundation on these signature successes.  We are grateful for the opportunity to work and walk together in solidarity over the past three years.

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This “CAFE Success Story” is part of a series of posts published following the recent close of our CAFE Livelihoods project in Mexico and Central America.

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