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Wine Spectator

The Mother of Direct-Trade Coffee

In the mountains of Guatemala, the coffee beans of the Manos Campesinas cooperative grow. That aromatic, rich coffee has a satisfying mouthfeel that lingers. This coffee is unusual in another way: The beans are roasted and sold by Pachamama Coffee Cooperative, a fair-trade company that is redefining the scope of “direct-trade” coffee. Wine Spectator‘s Mark Pendergrast explains.

The Sacramento Bee

Pachamama Coffee Launches East Sac Coffee Cafe and Midtown Roastery

As Sacramento’s reputation for specialty coffee continues to brew, one of its local purveyors is expanding. Pachamama Coffee Cooperative, the midtown Sacramento co-op that works with small growers in five countries, recently installed its first local coffee bean roaster. And in August, Pachamama will open its third coffee cafe, on 36th and J Street in East Sacramento.

Stanford Graduate School of Business

A Grassroots Student Effort Has Made Even More Impact

Their mission has been to disrupt the coffee industry by providing the most direct connection to growers and to empower every participant in the supply chain. In 2011, three intrepid Stanford MBAs launched Farm to Cup as an online coffee marketplace for farmers to sell their coffee directly to American consumers. After more than a year of growth, last December they merged their enterprise with Pachamama Coffee Cooperative, a farmer-owned distributor of premium coffee, which will allow that organization to accelerate its growth in the online farmer-direct coffee market in North America.

Daily Coffee News

Sacramento Cooperative Serves as CoffeeCSA Storefront

A new Sacramento, Calif., coffee company is hoping to survive using a simple but appealing business model — selling beans as a community supported agriculture (known as CSA) storefront. With no cafe or in-house roasting, Pachamama Coffee, located in Midtown Alley, boasts of selling 100 percent farmer owned coop coffee Pachamana“farmer-owned” beans to its customers.