Exploradora Coffee is a journey of celebrating women in coffee. Lucía Tapullima Apagueño is a member of Union y Fe Cooperative, and part of the Sumac Warmi group in Cajamarca, Peru. Lucía worked with Sustainable Harvest to share her experience as a member of Sumac Warmi.

Lucía Tapullima Apagueño

Have you been working in coffee all of your life? Please tell us about your farm.

At age 18, Lucia moved to La Coipa for love from San Martín. When she moved, she bought 1 hectare of a coffee farm and she learned about coffee production from her husband’s family, who already made a…


Exploradora Coffee is a journey of celebrating women in coffee. Julia Gaudencia Jabier Flores is a member of Union y Fe Cooperative, and part of the Sumac Warmi group in Cajamarca, Peru.

Have you been working in coffee all of your life? Please tell us about your farm.

Julia started working with coffee when she moved to La Coipa at 18 years old when she fell in love with her husband.

As a young woman, she used to produce potatoes, corn, peas, and beans with her parents. Her husband’s family was only dedicated to coffee so she had to learn…


Exploradora Coffee is a journey of celebrating women in coffee. Charlotte Fikiri is a VP within the Mapendo Women co-op in South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

How long have you worked in the coffee industry?

Since 2009, almost 12 years.

What were you doing before?

I was buying and selling different fruits and vegetables, and I also sometimes smuggled coffee to Rwanda

How has working at the co-op influenced your life?

It has definitely improved my quality of life. I’m better able to take care of my family, without only relying on my husband. I’m also able…

Wade Johnson

Co-Founder of Exploradora Coffee.

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