The Society of Small Producers for Coffee Export (SOPPEXCCA) is a union of coffee cooperative comprised of 650 producers from the province of Jinotega in northern Nicaragua. SOPPEXCCA emerged in 1998 when its successor organization fell deeply indebted under a poor administration. Despite the severe challenges of Hurricane Mitch in 1998 and the 380% price collapse in 1999, SOPPEXCCA has become one of the highest quality coffee cooperatives in the country. Under the leadership of director Fatima Ismael, the self-sustaining co-op produces, processes, and markets its own coffee. SOPPEXCCA’s 65% female membership and gender-equality blends makes this a truly exemplary cooperative. SOPPEXCCA became Fair Trade certified by Fairtrade Labeling Organizations International (FLO) in 1998.
With proceeds from the Fair Trade price, the co-op has been able to:
About the Coffee:
Varieties: Caturra, Bourbon
Elevation: 1,000 – 1,400m
Processing: Wet processing and sun drying
Bean Characteristics: SHG
Cup Characteristics: Good flavor and aroma, balanced acidity
Harvest Season: November – March
Export Season: January – June
Organic Production: 30%
Organic Certification Agency: BIOLATINA
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Price: from $21.95