Like all small, medium and large producers in Colombia, Pergamino spent many years helplessly riding the roller coaster of international coffee prices. We had to invest in our crops without knowing what they would sell for during their 12-year production cycle. As the saying goes in Colombia, there were years of lean cows and years of fat cows — the former being more common than the latter. We sold our coffee to a large exporter, never knowing its unique sensory qualities, whose hands it ended up in, or at what price. We had no way to add value to our coffees, or receive a fair price for higher quality.
Everything changed when we started selling our coffee directly to roasters and importers around the world, gaining access to a fair and sustainable trade chain that recognized quality. Stepping off the roller coaster opened up the opportunity for us to help thousands of small coffee farmers do the same. Today we work with more than 600 producers of high-quality coffees in different regions of the country. We are committed to transparency in our partnerships with these farmers, ensuring that profit margins are clear and value added by quality goes directly to the producer. The premiums we pay for our coffees range from 30% – 300% over market prices, depending on the cupping score and volume of the coffee. We also support our farmers with technical assistance so that they can continue to improve crop quality. Our goal is for farmers and their families to see coffee cultivation as a profitable, decent business, and not just a way to survive.
The average age of the Colombian coffee farmer is 55 years old — if we do not make it profitable and worthwhile for the next generations of growers to stay on their farms, we will lose this great tradition in one or two generations.
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