Cafe Femenino


The story of Café Femenino began in 2004 when women farmers from northern Peru began talking with their cooperative leaders about their desire to separate their coffee from the men’s. These female members of CECANOR felt they put more care into their production, creating a superior product and wanted to know if there might be a market for women’s coffee. CECANOR, having already established a partnership with OPTCO over the previous 10 years, collaborated with us to see how we might organize a women’s only coffee for the international marketplace. Together we developed a full social program with the goal to empower female farmers using the production and sale of their own product as the vehicle to create social change.  Today the Café Femenino Program continues to have a huge impact in the daily lives of women around the world and creates greater gender equality in families, cooperatives, and communities. To find out more information about this extraordinary program, click here.

Cafe Femenino Cycle

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Global Programs

  • Peru
  • Colombia
  • Dominican Republic
  • Mexico
  • Guatemala
  • Nicaragua
  • Bolivia
  • Rwanda

Cafe Femenino Foundation

The Café Femenino Foundation provides funding to support grant requests from women in coffee producing regions around the world. Foundation volunteers work throughout the year in various fund raising activities that go directly to help women, their families, and their communities. OPTCO is an annual donor and proud sponsor of the Café Femenino Foundation and encourages roasters to join in that support through donations and fund raising events of their own. The Café Femenino Foundation is a 501(c)(3) IRS licensed non-profit organization. For more information please go to