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Chirinos
San Ignacio, Cajamarca, Peru


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Chirinos' coffee is hand-picked by co-op members and their families. Each producer group relies on an experienced agronomist who provides technical support in organic production and quality control. Chirinos uses strictly organic compost which they make themselves using a unique composting system called "gaicashi." The method produces potent, high-quality compost at a low cost and avoids the use of pesticides by controlling pests naturally; their development of this system is an example of the innovative thinking that has allowed Chirinos to thrive.

Location: San Ignacio, Cajamarca, Peru

Variety: Caturra, Pache, Bourbon, Typica, Catimor

Process: Washed

Elevation: 1,200-2,200 masl

Certification: Fair Trade, Organic

Shipping months: August - December

Number of members: 837

ABOUT THE PRODUCER

A thriving coop fueled by an unwavering vision for sustainable coffee.

Chirinos is a long-standing cooperative in Peru, having been established in 1968 by 36 coffee producers aspiring to sell high-quality coffee to international specialty markets. The group formed following enactments of pro-cooperative policies passed by the Peruvian government aimed at improving socio-economic conditions in Peru’s historically overlooked northwestern communities.

This took a turn in the 1990s, with administrative changes and the implementation of “pro-big-business” laws which made it difficult for cooperatives like Chirinos to compete. Nevertheless, through solidarity and a firm belief in their collective vision, Chirinos has weathered change and uncertainty throughout the decades, speaking to both the quality of their coffee and their ability to adapt and innovate. But the group’s solidarity and collective vision motivated members to reorganize for strength. Under new leadership, the organization focused its efforts on sustainable agriculture as a way to improve coffee quality and secure better prices.

ABOUT THE PRODUCER

A thriving coop fueled by an unwavering vision for sustainable coffee

Chirinos is a long-standing cooperative in Peru, having been established in 1968 by 36 coffee producers aspiring to sell high-quality coffee to international specialty markets. The group formed following enactments of pro-cooperative policies passed by the Peruvian government aimed at improving socio-economic conditions in Peru’s historically overlooked northwestern communities.

This took a turn in the 1990s, with administrative changes and the implementation of “pro-big-business” laws which made it difficult for cooperatives like Chirinos to compete. Nevertheless, through solidarity and a firm belief in their collective vision, Chirinos has weathered change and uncertainty throughout the decades, speaking to both the quality of their coffee and their ability to adapt and innovate. But the group’s solidarity and collective vision motivated members to reorganize for strength. Under new leadership, the organization focused its efforts on sustainable agriculture as a way to improve coffee quality and secure better prices.


The first and only co-op in the Chirinos region.

The only cooperative in the Chirinos region, our relationship spans 18 years since we began working together in 2002. It was the first cooperative we partnered with in the northern area of Peru.


A pioneer in sustainable coffee production.

Chirinos was the first cooperative in Peru to be certified organic. Chirinos has a long-standing history as one of Peru's leaders in sustainable agriculture, farm infrastructure, and quality control, being one of the first farms to implement micro-lot separation.


The first and only co-op in the Chirinos region.

The only cooperative in the Chirinos region, our relationship spans 18 years since we began working together in 2002. It was the first cooperative we partnered with in the northern area of Peru.


A pioneer in sustainable coffee production.

Chirinos was the first cooperative in Peru to be certified organic. Chirinos has a long-standing history as one of Peru's leaders in sustainable agriculture, farm infrastructure, and quality control, being one of the first farms to implement micro-lot separation.


The first and only co-op in the Chirinos region.

The only cooperative in the Chirinos region, our relationship spans 18 years since we began working together in 2002. It was the first cooperative we partnered with in the northern area of Peru.


A pioneer in sustainable coffee production.

Chirinos was the first cooperative in Peru to be certified organic. Chirinos has a long-standing history as one of Peru's leaders in sustainable agriculture, farm infrastructure, and quality control, being one of the first farms to implement micro-lot separation.


Cajamarca, Peru

Cajamarca, Peru

Chirinos is located in San Ignacio in Cajamarca, Peru. Our Supply Director, Oscarin Gonzales, considers the best coffee in Peru to come from Cajamarca. Coffees in this region are grown in unique microclimates at extreme elevations.


One of our model cooperatives.

One of our longest-standing relationships, Chirinos has been a proving grounds for some of our most successful programs and initiatives. They have been the pilot cooperative from programs involving quality control and organic coffee farming, to hosting forums addressing food security and career advancement.


One of our model cooperatives.

One of our longest-standing relationships, Chirinos has been a proving grounds for some of our most successful programs and initiatives. They have been the pilot cooperative from programs involving quality control and organic coffee farming, to hosting forums addressing food security and career advancement.