Finca Churupampa in Chirinos, Cajamarca, Peru
The farm is a family affair, and sits in the mountainous Cajamarca region of Northern Peru. The Tocto brothers took over the farm’s operations from their parents several years ago and are transforming it into a model for economically and environmentally sustainable coffee production.
How the Toctos Make Coffee Better
Finca Churupampa works with farmers to improve their production practices to break the cycle of poverty that has entrapped farmers in the region for many years. In addition to selling coffee from their own farm, the Toctos provide export and marketing services for 215 neighboring farmers.
Clever Acosta Romero is one of the first farmers in the region to grow specialty coffee. Romero uses his farm as a model to train other farmers and demonstrate high-quality production processes and strategies for income diversification. Like many famers, Romero also grows fruits and vegetables and raises chickens.
Bellwether Coffee: Cultivating Change
The current market price for coffee is at catastrophic lows and many farmers pay more to produce their coffee than they can sell it for, which keeps them in permanent poverty. Bellwether pays farmers based on their cost to produce coffee, not on market value, which means they can make a living and we can Make Coffee Better.
Bellwether pays wages well above the cost of production so farmers are fairly compensated for the true price of their coffee. Your contribution through Tip the Farmer™ helps producers pay for things like equipment upgrades, land management, extra labor, or just more rainy day money and a better quality of life.