I n 2009, a group of 35 coffee producers joined together to form a business with the mission of improving the quality of life for producer families in their region by providing distinguished services, without prejudice, that promotes business sustainability and self-management for small coffee farmers. Cafés Finos de Corquín (CAFICO) is a venture that partners with small producers, and is dedicated, to protecting the environment, promoting socio-economic development and gender equality, allowing for a better life for their families. CAFICO’s General Managers Walter and Sergio Romero are 3rd generation farmers who take a lot of pride in being producers from western Honduras. They emphasise that growing coffee in their area is not just a way to make a living; it is a part of the region´s tradition and culture.
When asked why the original 35 wanted to start this business, the Romeros simply answer, “We all came together to create this business because as producers we knew how to deliver coffee, but we did not know the business of selling coffee.” In a bit more than ten years of business, they have grown to over 120 members and is anchored in the community. CAFICO’s work focuses on both the productivity of the farmers and the quality of the coffee. They provide regular trainings to farmers on in best agricultural practices, farm maintenance and compliance with the objectives and requirements of certifications. To improve the quality of their coffee, CAFICO developed their own quality lab with state-of-the-art equipments and initiated weekly calibrations with Molinos, our sister company in Honduras. CAFICO’s commitment to a sustainable growth goes beyond the farmers’ community. Through the implementation of social projects like the restoration of a women’s hospital in Corquín or the donation of eco-filters to clean drinking water, CAFICO is making a real impact in the surrounding community