Guest Blog from Cafédirect | Machu Picchu and Huadquiña
Cafedirect's range of 100% Fairtrade, Organic arabica Machu Picchu coffee is grown at extreme altitudes within the Inca heartland of the Peruvian Andes.
Cafédirect originally began working with a group of co-operatives called Cocla, who supplied them with the coffee for their Machu Picchu range for more than 15 years. Sadly in 2014, Cocla experienced a number of problems and was unable to continue supplying coffee, so Cafédirect began working directly with Huadquiña, a co-operative who had been delivering coffee into Cocla.
Huadquiña now has over 290 smallholder coffee growers as members of its cooperative, whose attention to detail and passion for growing Organic coffee is reflected in the fact that Machu Picchu coffee is one of the leading Organic and Fairtrade coffees in the UK.
In 2020, Cafédirect invested £1.6 million into supporting growers. This includes: £827,751 in Fairtrade Premiums and £649,719 in Organic Premiums. Rosario Salas (pictured above) benefited previously from the Fairtrade Premiums, as they paid for her to become a certified Q Grader. This means she passed a rigorous set of exams over three days and now she can professionally evaluate the quality of any coffee. Rosario’s case is a good example of how young people can be engaged in agriculture in their communities by the creation of challenging jobs that supports both her own career development and the ability to improve the cooperative’s coffee quality.
We are excited to see what Huadquiña develops next!