Though it was formed in 1977, the Pangoa Co-operative has seen a lot of different troubles. Originally producing coffee for the commodity market, the co-operative swelled quickly to nearly 1,700 members, though membership declined quickly through the 1980s as a guerrilla group known as the Shining Path started a socio-political movement through the countryside that began a civil war. Many families fled the countryside hoping to find safety in the larger cities, and coffee farmland was in decline. When the leader of the Shining Path was captured in 1991, their activity declined and coffee farming began to stabilize again. Pangoa achieved Fair-Trade and Organic certifications, and began new initiatives to achieve quality-focused and sustainable initiatives.
Andres is a member of the Pangoa co-operative, and his coffees are processed under the guidance of one of the Co-op’s leaders, Esperanza Dionisio Castillo. As one of the main voices of Pangoa for twenty years, Esperanza has overseen much progress. Pangoa, since its inception, has set aside 3% of every sale to re-invest back into the Co-operative. With Esperanza’s guidance, new programs have sprung up allowing farmers to grow a wider variety of crops, engage in biodynamic farming, and join skill-sharing opportunities.
We love supporting Pangoa’s progressive initiatives, and are excited to share Andres’ coffee with you.