COCARIVE is a cooperative and exporter with warehouses and a dry mill in Carmo de Minas, Minas Gerais. The cooperative represents around 800 coffee estates in the region. COCARIVE assists its members in the marketing and export for international markets.
For cooperative members, after the drying stage, the parchment coffee goes to the COCARIVE warehouses. The cooperative takes further care of grading, commercialization and export. They have their own quality lab and storage and milling facilities in Carmo de Minas. COCARIVE gives support to its members in all parts of the production chain. Their team of agronomists and technical experts assists with cultivation techniques, machinery, storage and finally commercialization of the beans.
At the dry mill, they prepare the coffee for export. COCARIVE has its own laboratory for quality control. Their team of trained cuppers and Q graders makes the first selection based on cup quality. They will verify which lots are suitable and of high enough cup quality for specialty microlots. Their quality control team checks the quality of every lot at a variety of times throughout the dry milling process analyzing both on physical and cup characteristics.
All COCARIVE member farms have the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) certificate. On top of that, they are all certified by the Brazilian Specialty Coffee Association (BSCA). This certificate is a guarantee from BSCA that every aspect of labour at the farm is legal. It also guarantees the implementation of environmentally friendly practices on the farm during all steps of the coffee production process.