Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera Pangoa

Amazonian Slopes, Central Peru

Milling coffee with a smile in Peru

We took a chance on Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera Pangoa (or simply, Pangoa), a small co-op on the Amazonian slopes of Central Peru back in 2003, being their first Fair Trade and Direct buyer. Since then, we have introduced this coffee to the specialty marketplace, and the sweet, soft beans prepared so well by indigenous Ashaninkas farmers have been in great demand in America and in Europe. We continue to enjoy the best of their crop in return for our long-term commitment.

Pangoa and Dean’s Beans have collaborated on the creation of many meaningful and successful initiatives together over the years. The coop has used our premiums, profit shares and development monies to create women’s loan funds, a great reforestation program, a honey project for income diversification, college education funds and more!

Ashaninkas farmers near a coffee drying bed

Useful Expressions

'Este café es muy dulce' - This coffee is very sweet. 
'Pienso que estoy en el colectivo incorrecto' - I think I'm on the wrong bus.

Our Peruvian Coffees

Peru is the forgotten child of the specialty coffee world. It is a huge country, so much so that the growing seasons differ by a month or so even within the same country. Peruvian coffees are notable for their mildness and sweetness, even though they are grown at really high altitudes on the Amazonian slopes of the Andes. They are better in a light roast than a dark roast, as the flavor and mild acidity roast away quickly. But a soft, sweet Peru is a subtle charm and can really be appreciated if you take your time with it. One of the most easily drinkable coffees black. Wonderful coffees come from Chanchamayo, Pangoa, and Lamas.

People-Centered Development Projects

"Restoring the Sacred" Reforestation Project (2006 - ongoing)

Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center "Bird-Friendly" Program (2021 - ongoing)

  • Started planning programs with SMBC for Pangoa to share "Bird-Friendly" best practices with other co-ops.
  • Funding commitment to date: $10,000

    Native hardwood tree replanting as part of Restoring the Sacred program

    Women's Loan Fund (2009 - 2019)
    • Offers credit to female coop members for income generating projects.
    • Funding: $10,000
    Latrine Program (2005 - 2009)
    • Funding modern bathroom construction on farms in Pangoa.
    • Funding: $7,000

    English Teaching (2012 - ongoing)

    • Program sends interns to teach English.
    • Funding to date: $1,000
    Esperanza Castillo Support (2009 - ongoing)
    • Sponsor co-op General Manager travel to international events, in order to speak about supporting women in the coffee industry.
    • As of 2021, Esperanza is Pangoa's Advisor and Human Resources Manager, and our Benefit Director on our Board of Directors! 

    New Honey Business (2004)

    • Worked with Pangoa to create a honey product for local sale and distribution to help supplement farmers' income.
    • Funding commitment: $2,700

    First Fair Trade Buyer in Pangoa (2003)

    People-centered Development starts with the people

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