The Cooperativa agraria Rodríguez de Mendoza (COOPARM) was founded in 1990 on the initiative of the parish priest of the province, Father Antonio Rodríguez Arana. Driven by his concern about the low prices received by the coffee farmers from the merchants, he gathered a group of producers and founded the Association of Agricultural Producers Rodríguez de Mendoza (APARM).
In the first years it exported its coffee through the Norandino Cooperative of Piura and it remained an association until 2008, when it became its own cooperative.
The COOP currently has more than 500 members and partners which are located throughout the province.
COOPARM has also been developing an extensive program of Reforestation and Agroforestation in agreement with PUR PROJECT, which consists in planting timber trees next to the coffee.
Peru is the 9th largest producer of coffee in the world accounting for about 2% of global coffee production or about 595M pounds of coffee in 2020 . It is also one of the leading producers of organic and Fair Trade certified coffees.
The three main coffee growing areas are Chanchamayo, the Amazonas and San Martin regions, and the southern highlands. St Ignacio, (the primary area of these beans and close to the Ecuadorian border), is the centralized area of coffee plantations in northern Peru.
From a flavor perspective, Peruvian coffee stands out as possessing a balance of full flavor, mellow-medium body, and middle acidity, with a light sweet finish. Primarily, smooth nutty and chocolate undertones come through.