Cocla webpage

  • Country: Peru
  • Region: La Convencion and Calca province, Cusco region
  • Founded: 1967, 26th July
  • Producers: approx. 5500 in 23 primary level co-operatives
  • Harvest time: March to November
  • Post-harvest process: Fully washed at farm level, small percentage centrally washed at primary co-operative level  
  • Certifications: Fairtrade, Organic, JAS
  • Varieties: Caturra, Catimor, Bourbon, Pache, Castillo, Typica, Costa Rica 95
  • Elevation: 800 – 2000m
  • Soil type: Varied from clay type to sandy with topsoil
  • Shipment time: May to December
  • The cup: Smooth and nutty, or berries and chocolate

Summary

COCLA, or the Central de Cooperativas Agrarias Cafetaleras, is an inspiring Peruvian coffee and cocoa cooperative union determined to contribute to the social and economic development of its member cooperatives – 23 throughout the country representing an estimated 5,500 small coffee and cocoa farmers.

Many of COCLA’s farmers enjoy the proximity to the Machu Picchu which is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world and is Peru’s main tourist destination.

Since its foundation 50 years ago, COCLA works for the advancement of its members, producing about 600,000 quintals of coffee per year. According to cooperative management, about 50 percent of the region’s coffee is processed and exported through COCLA.