Union Cooperativas Agropecuarias San Juan del Rio Coco (UCA SJRC) was founded in 1993 in the small town of San Juan del Rio Coco about 50 km east of the Panamerican Highway. In 1996 the founding members recognized two important points: that the future of sustainable agriculture lies in organic farming and that the future of specialty coffee lies in quality. From that point on the association channeled its efforts into these two fundamentals, and the fantastic coffee they produce today is proof of their success.
UCA San Juan del Rio Coco consists of eight base cooperatives with a total of 370 smallholder farmer members. The hilly terrain in the San Juan del Rio Coco area makes for a number of distinct microclimates, resulting in unique flavor profiles from each of their individual member coops. The majority of coffee sold by the association is certified organic and is blended from deliveries from the various co-ops. This allows the UCA to ship the freshest coffee available, as each individual co-op delivers relatively small quantities over several months.
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