Coop Dota was first established circa 1929 when Ramon Blanco built a wet mill in San Pablo de Leon Cortes. Local producers began delivering their coffee there to be processed and a further wet mill was built in Santa Maria. Due to uncertainty in pricing, producers turned to the Banco Nacional (National Bank), which had a department to accomodate farmers and advise on how to process and market their coffee best – thus Coopedota R.L. was born. Today it represents over 750 memebers, each with 8-10 hectares of coffee growing land at an altitude of between 1550 to 1750 masl.