Meet Maria Chari. The face of Peru Coffee.
Maria is a coffee farmer and Matriarch of the Machiguenga First Nation in Pangoa, Peru.
Like many of the co-op members, Maria produces coffee as a cash crop. She employs biodiversity in her crops to cultivate healthy food.
Maria, her family, and other members of the First Nations group grow organic coffee and cacao. They are members of a long-established co-op with 680 members. The co-op is called 'Co-operativa Agraria Cafetalera Pangoa' (now, that's a mouthful!), or 'CAC Pangoa’ for short.
The organic coffee we purchase is grown exclusively by the Machiguenga First Nation.