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Higher Grounds Coffee

Peru Pangoa

Sage, bakers’ chocolate, cane sugar.

$18.50
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This classic Peruvian coffee offers notes of rich cocoa, sage aromatics, and hints of candied pear. Sweet, nuanced acidity and velvety body lead to a smooth, lingering finish.

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Country
PE
Region
Santipo Province
Town
San Martin de Pangoa
Farm
Pangoa Cooperative
Farmer
Smallholder producers
Elevation
1300-1900 m
Variety
Caturra
Process
Washed Process

Meet Smallholder producers

In 1977, 50 coffee growers from San Martin de Pangoa split from a larger, older co-op in Satipo due to the distance between the two towns. By the early 80s, that membership had grown to almost 1,700 members. These farmers were building a bright future together, reinvesting into their infrastructure and forging ahead with coffee quality. But the 80s also ushered in 20 years of terror as militants ravaged the area, forcing many farmers fto leave their farms to avoid the violence.

Those days are thankfully behind them now, and Pangoa’s membership has rebuilt to 654, 145 of these being women. The co-op earned their Fair Trade certification, and member growers maintain focus on organic production, working to improve soil and thus coffee quality as well as long-term sustainability. Pangoa Co-op is a great example of the effectiveness of smallholder co-ops with fair trade status in the coffee supply chain.

Santipo Province, Peru

East of the Andes and nestled between the San Martin region to the north and Cusco region to the south is the Santipo province, part of the Junín coffee growing area. Here culture is incredibly diverse. 3500-year-old petroglyphs from Peru’s earliest inhabitants and Incan ceramics and axes of stone and gold meld with elements from people groups who moved over the mountains from the coast or at some point immigrated from Europe to become part of life in these mountains.

Coffee is an important crop here, along with cacao, bananas, citrus, hardwoods, and yucca. Farms are small—rarely larger than 2 to 3 hectares, and often remote. Other challenges include Roya (rust) is a real challenge here, and inhabitants are still recovering from the effects of the brutal warfare from guerilla groups during the 80s and 90s. In spite of many difficulties, the people are hopeful, hardworking, and incredibly welcoming.

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Location
Traverse City, MI
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Higher Grounds Coffee

It all started with a trip to Mexico. Owner and co-founder, Chris Treter, was living and working among coffee farmers at the Maya Vinic cooperative in Chiapas, Mexico as part of a post-graduate internship in 2001. For the farmers, poverty and a lack of access to basic resources such as education and water were simply a way of life. As he neared the end of his internship, Chris asked his farmer friend, Jose Perez Vazquez, “How can we keep helping you?”

“You could sell our coffee,” said José.

And that’s exactly what Chris did. From selling Maya Vinic Co-op’s coffee at his local farmers’ market, Higher Grounds grew. Eventually they also sought out coffee from other sources and joined forces with a handful of other roasters to form an importing cooperative, Cooperative Coffees. Every trade relationship they have is modeled after that first one, and every year they still purchase from Maya Vinic. Furthermore, Higher Grounds Coffee donates 1% of their sales to On the Ground, their partner nonprofit. On the Ground empowers coffee farming communities through gender and social equity, environmental sustainability, and economic security.

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