Coope Tarrazu RL was founded in 1960 with a capital investment of $5,800 from 228 small coffee growers. Today, they run the biggest wet mill of Costa Rica, processing more than 110,000 bags of green coffee from 3,000 producers. About 85% of the producers affiliated to the coop harvest 4 hectares or less.
Its success is based on looking after small producer´s interests, and providing other services to its members such as credit, agronomical and technical advice, sustainable prices, fertilizers, among others. The coop has also diversified about 45% of their portfolio in other areas such as gas stations, supermarkets, hardware stores, and such.