Cooperatives build a better world.
We're a Cooperative
A cooperative, or co-op for short, is an organization owned and governed by its members - the people who use its services - rather than by stockholders or investors. Pachamama is a federated co-op of five producer groups. The cooperative business model has served us well.
Why a co-op?
Co-ops are formed by their members when the marketplace fails to provide needed goods or services at affordable prices and acceptable quality. By pooling our farmers’ coffee and resources, we are able to provide stable pricing and services that give hope to family farmers around the world. Cooperatives empower people to improve their quality of life and enhance their economic opportunities through mutual self-help.
Co-ops Empower Members
We go beyond fair trade to provide our farmers with unprecedented market power and profit potential. Our cooperative business model enables farmers to make their own prices. Cooperatives provide their members with financial services, utilities, consumer goods, and affordable housing. Learn more about our transparency.
Our Co-op Principles
1. Voluntary and Open Membership
2. Democratic Member Control
3. Member Economic Participation
4. Autonomy and Independence
5. Education, Training and Information
6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives
7. Concern for Community
Our Cooperative Solution
We shorten the supply chain and link coffee farmers with coffee consumers. Our cooperative has the scale to command fair prices for export and roasting without relying on middlemen. Pachamama farmers sell their roasted coffee directly to retailers, offices and households throughout the United States.
Second, Pachamama leverages a unique farmer owned brand to command premium pricing. Expertly roasted and branded coffee is not a commodity. Each organic coffee is grown in a unique microclimate, under unique conditions, with a unique flavor profile, by family farmers with a unique story to tell.