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Pachamama Coffee Cooperative: 2021 Sustainability Award Winner

Pachamama is a roaster and retailer of specialty coffee collectively owned by thousands of smallholder farmers across Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Ethiopia. Founded in 2006, Pachamama has been serving its producer members for nearly two decades. By working together, across borders and with US-based staff, Pachamama’s founding members were able to form the first global cooperative in North America owned by farmers outside of the country.  

Many cooperatives stop at coffee production, but Pachamama’s business model is ‘farm-to-consumer”.  The farmers involved not only grow the coffee, but roast and deliver their Certified Organic coffee in the United States via national wholesale distribution, three retail cafés, and a direct-to-consumer website.

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