was the first beneficio we visited. Located in Palacagüina they buy quite a bit of coffee from small producers in the area (and a couple of good sized cooperativas, the Laureano Flores cooperative located one Km from my farm sells their product to Prodecoop).
Their motto of "Comercio Justo en El Campo" probably appeals to small growers who will never have coffee that is outstanding, although Laureano Flores did win the Taza de Excelencia some years back. Many small growers simply take what comes each year, with little or no re-investment in their plants. Their primary crops might be beans and corn, and they have a few coffee plants growing on land that isn't suitable for other crops. The coffee provides a welcome bit of cash -beyond the cash they have no interest in the coffee.
Prodecorp wouldn't sell us a quintal of green beans, although we did buy two pounds of their roasted coffee. They had the feel of a quasi-government agency, with a lot of overhead. Very nice offices.
They have their own packaging line, and I have seen their Cafe de Palo brand in various stores. I put it through my Saeco the following day, and it's OK,, but nothing to write home about. Certainly not the excellence that Renando, Buenos Aires, and Santos Gaitan are striving towards. Social justice has its costs.
The pic is of a container of coffee going to Portland, Oregon. The coffee leaves Nicaragua from the port of Corinto. I continue to be astonished at the number of small coffee buyers in the US. The market is enormous.