ACOPOC is an an ecologically producing coffee farmer cooperative in Olmedo, Ecuador. It has been creating prize-winning coffees since 2002, but has yet to sell its green coffees directly to interested international specialty buyers. With the help of Jeroen Kruft of Amigos International, EScoffee and This Side Up, they are finally being given this chance.
Scroll down to the bottom read more about Olmedo's background.
QUICK COFFEE SPECS
Caturra, Catuaí, Typica and Bourbon
1,700 - 1,980 meters above sea level
organically produced (not certified), first time (unroasted) offer in Europe.
all coffee is hand picked, depulped, fermented for 12 to 18 hours, washed and sun dried on concrete patios.
all specialty grade coffees are shipped in GrainPro bags or similar.
the intense sweetness of this coffee is expressed well in darker (espresso) roast profiles, but light roasts can also yield surprising aromatic qualities.
"sweet silky mouthfeel, notes of hazelnut, vanilla, somewhat citrus-like. Delicate cinnamon-like spices in aftertaste"
FULL 2014 PRICE BREAKDOWN (USD/KG):
the price you pay for this coffee p/kg including shipping to Rotterdam. $10,94 is the price This Side Up pays EScoffee (the exporter), which is 254% over Fair Trade minimum of USD 3,09. This price is not related or pegged to the volatile US Coffee C price.
the price ACOPOC pays farmers for their cherries as p/kg price of green (milled) coffee. This price is often unknown to buyers. Partly invested in planting willow, bamboo and nimtree to build natural barriers to "shelter" the coffee grown at high altitude from wind gusts.
wet-processing costs, coop management fee and transport.
$1,06 + $4,19 +
EScoffee dry-milling costs + manual defect sorting costs, management / exporter fee.
This Side Up profit margin as percentage of p/kg export price. We don't charge a profit margin over shipping costs. Our relatively low profit margin is the reason we can pay such a large premium to the farmers and simultaneously give you a competitive price!
MANAGER Angelino Abad
TEL +593 981211589 / +593 994461290
Cantón Olmedo, Parroquia Olmedo, Barrio Santa Bárbara
Cooperative society: ACOPOC
Washing station: ACOPOC
Smallholder farmers served: around 200
Olmedo is a tiny canton in the Andean highlands in the south of Ecuador. The cooperative society Asociación de Caficultores Orgánicos de Paltas, Olmedo y Chaguarpamba (ACOPOC) consists of around 200 members, all from this region (cantón) and neighbouring Chaguarpamba and Paltas. The coffee here is produced with utmost respect for the natural environment. Shade trees are planted not only to protect the coffee trees and avoid erosion on the very steep hills of the Andes, but to diversify the farmers’ crop and stabilise their earnings. According to Angelino Abad, ACOPOC’s manager, the people here (95% of whom rely on coffee as their primary source of income) understand that in order to reap the benefits from nature, they must respect and nourish it. The result is a flourishing coffee landscape - home to many types of (shade) plants, birds and insects.
Angelino has had a long run in the Ecuadorian coffee business - over 20 years. Apart from managing ACOPOC, he is also an attaché to the National Coffee Council of Ecuador (COFENAC) and gives technical advice to coffee growers. For many years he was also a high school teacher, instilling agricultural knowledge and love for nature in the canton's youth. The result of a strong technical focus on quality is clear: he has seen the association's coffee enter 6 out of 7 GOLD CUP competitions, always ended in the top 10 and won first place in 2009.
ACOPOC members started to unite for export of their specialty coffee in 2002, at the height of the coffee crisis. In those days, farmers would sell their coffee unwashed to middle-men for 30 cents per pound. An Ecuadorian entrepreneur, Miguel Rendón, together with Dutch coffee researcher Jeroen Kruft, motivated farmers to start selecting and washing their beans in order to receive a better price. Miguel Rendón is the head of EScoffee (Ecuador Specialty coffee), a company with over 11 years of development and export promotion experience in various regions in Ecuador. Year after year, EScoffee was able to pay better prices and put the region on the map for specialty coffee, now known to buyers from Guayaquil to San Francisco. Together with Miguel's Escoffee, Jeroen's company Amigos International set up a program to roast coffee locally in Ecuador and sell it in Ecuador and Europe, thus adding extra value in the country of origin (the so-called 100% PICO principle).
While the coop still has some way to go before it reaches professional maturity, it has undergone important improvements in terms of their finances, quality control and especially management. They were supported to a large degree by Amigos International, who provided some 20 small coffee washing machines, a nursery that produces 100.000 plants per year, an organic compost production facility, and legal support that made ACOPOC an officially registered association in 2009. Funds from Progreso Foundation were obtained for training in leadership and for improvements in storage and office facilities. It was also Jeroen that introduced us to Angelino and the association's coffee, and he has been vital in setting up a partnership that we hope will last many years.
Now for the first time, ACOPOC will sell its high-grade (unroasted) coffees to the European specialty market - and after very successful initial trials with cuppers and roasters we are very excited about this remarkably sweet and “easily roastable” coffee. But don’t take it from us, try it out for yourself by requesting a sample!