FAPECAFESis an umbrella organization of seven producer groups - APECAM, PROCAP, PROCAFEQ, APEOSAE, APECAEL, APECAP, and ACRIM - representing 1654 families. The coop formed in 2002 after years of informal cooperation between farmers in the region. 95% of the growers are farming 1 1/2 hectares of land or less with an average yield of six quintales (600 pounds) per hectare due to an extremely mature stock of coffee plants including Bourbon, Caturra, Pacas. Coffee is grown in a wide variety of microclimates with altitudes spanning between 800 and 2000 meters. Each of the seven associations has a cupper who is solely responsible for coffee quality and integrity, although FAPECAFES does have two cuppers that sample and confirm results of the coffee they receive from the associations.
Besides coffee, FEPECAFES' farmers produce organic products such as honey and other bee products, chiles, and bananas. They work toward phytosanitary conditions on farms, on crop diversification projects, and prohibit the use agrochemicals. The farmers invested in planting trees to provide shade for their coffee plants. Fruit trees include banana, orange, lime, papaya, and yucca. This allows them to grow food for consumption or the market, and provides a habitat for birds and other animals. FAPECAFES is purchasing wet mills and building greenhouse-type coffee drying facilities in the communities where the famers live to improve quality and to maximize possible output through organic production
FAPECAFES is committed to applying environmentally and socially responsible processes, with the goal to improve the quality of life of its members.
Geographic Location: Located in the province of Zamora-Chinchipe, Loja, in southern Ecuador-- Varietals: Bourbon, Caturra, and Pacas -- Altitude: 800 - 2000 meters