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Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera La Florida

An illustration of a farmer harvesting shade-grown coffee

Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera La Florida (CAC La Florida) was founded in 1966 by 50 small-scale farmers in the remote, forested Chanchamayo region of Peru. They have been Bird Friendly certified since 2002 and focus on socio-economic development for members and environmental protection. Their various educational programs provide funding for new libraries, school gardens, and uniforms, as well as training programs, workshops on coffee production, and management sessions for community youth.

“La Florida is the second oldest cooperative in Peru. Its producers have always cultivated coffee under the shade of native trees, the same that house a great diversity of birds, wild animals, bees, and insects. To be Bird Friendly is a lifestyle for the members of CAC La Florida,” said Manager Jesús Damiano when asked why the Bird Friendly certification is important to the cooperative. As far as how he feels seeing birds and other wildlife on their farm, Damiano reflected, “To see the birds during sunsets returning to their nests in a group—a family— reflects the family reunion after a workday. Knowing there are many families within our farms —birds, animals, insects—gives us many lessons about how important family union is, sharing. It is definitely an indescribable feeling that they convey to us.”

Hear from one of CAC La Florida's members and Smithsonian scientists talk about Bird Friendly here.

Featured bird on the finca: Amazonian Umbrellabird

Feathered fact: Resident bird of Central and South America. Looks similar to a huge crow but with a bushy crest and a thick braid hanging from its throat.

Where to Buy

Peru La Florida—Medium Roast

Gold Country Roasters is an artisan wholesale and retail coffee roasting company and coffeehouse located in the charming Calaveras County town of Murphys - the heart of California's historic "Gold Country."

Peru La Florida—Dark Roast

Gold Country Roasters is an artisan wholesale and retail coffee roasting company and coffeehouse located in the charming Calaveras County town of Murphys - the heart of California's historic "Gold Country."

Peru La Florida

Redstart Roasters is a sustainable bird-friendly microroaster based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Mockup of a bag of Bird Friendly certified coffee from Wood Warbler coffee
Peru SMBC FT

Wood Warbler Coffee is a family owned and operated Small Batch Coffee Roaster offering a variety of ethically sourced specialty coffees from around the world.

A bag of Bird Friendly certified coffee
Midnight Single Origin

Sol Bird Coffee is a small team of specialty coffee enthusiasts and nature lovers who curate the finest coffee as they help the planet and its people.