Rutas del Inca is headquartered in the Querocoto District of the Chota Province in Cajamarca, Peru. The area is known for production of potatoes, but since 2010 coffee production has proliferated thanks to support from various NGOs supporting this new crop that has great market potential. Rutas del Inca was founded on October 26, 2013, with just 33 members. The cooperative exported its first crop in 2014, cementing itself as a quality-focused, organic-certified producer.
Currently the cooperative has 258 members—30 women and 228 men—throughout 27 communities in the Querocoto, Huambos and Querocotillo Districts. These producers live between 1,800 and 2,400 meters above sea level, in temperatures ranging between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. The rainy season takes place between January and March, during which terrain in the area can be rugged. However, routes exist that reach the majority of the communities in the three districts.
Rutas del Inca is focused on improving quality. Toward that end, the cooperative is working on improving coffee plantations, increasing production, quality control, application of good agricultural practices, and environmental conservation. Additionally, cooperative members manage Typica, Caturra, Paches, and Bourbon varietals, with the goal of generating sustainable development for associated smallholder farmers and their communities.
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