San Juan del Oro webpage

  • Country: Peru
  • Region: Tambopata and Inambari province, Puno region
  • Founded: 1961
  • Producers: 1055
  • Harvest time: May to November
  • Post-harvest process: Fully Washed at farm level
  • Certifications: Fairtrade, Organic, Rainforest Alliance
  • Varieties: Caturra, Catimor, Typica, Bourbon
  • Elevation: 700 – 2100 m
  • Soil type: Sandy loam soil
  • Shipment time: June to December
  • The cup: Caramel and juicy fruit notes; aromatic berries and chocolate on high altitudes

Summary

San Juan del Oro was the first ever coffee cooperative in Peru, founded in 1961. San Juan’s 940 members, including 148 women are migrants from the highlands and of Quechua and Aimara indigenous descent. The cooperative is the Puno region about 320 km from Lake Titicaca at 1,000 – 1,900m above sea level.

Twin and San Juan partnership

Twin has been working and trading with San Juan since 1998 and supports the cooperative on environmental and water conservation projects. The cooperative also supports women’s initiatives related to income diversification and processing activities, such as marmalade and honey production.

Projects

San Juan is vulnerable to climate change and has identified water management as a priority for the cooperative and its members and is actively working on conservation of water and reforestation. The cooperative is working in partnership with Twin, Matthew Algie and Marks and Spencer to gain the Rainforest Alliance Climate Module and on reforestation and water sources protection, water conservation and awareness to rational use of water and climate change. A premium paid by buyers reflects efforts on climate mitigation and adaptation.