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Kate Chess

Hot Chocolate Bar With Toppings!

09 January

Winter days and bad weather mean … hot chocolate season! Share a steaming cup of cocoa with friends, dressed up with custom toppings. Line up your favorite fixings and gather a group for a DIY hot chocolate bar. This is a fun, hands-on activity —  and an effective way…

A Holiday Party Around the World

17 December

As the days get shorter in the northern hemisphere and the winter solstice draws near, people all over are gathering close to share food, burn candles, and celebrate. Equal Exchange works with producer groups on four continents — and our coworkers here in the U.S. hail from many different…

Podcast Episode 3: Conflict, Coffee Farmers, and the Nobel Peace Prize

11 December

The Stories Behind Our Food has a new episode! Here it is.     You can hear #StoriesBehindOurFood on: Stitcher (on both Apple and Android.) Apple Podcasts (Apple devices only.) Google Podcasts (Android devices only.) Spotify or wherever you enjoy online audio! Did you like this episode? Don’t…

Warm Up with Maple Almond Squash Risotto!

28 November

This risotto, cooked with white wine and chunks of butternut squash, makes for a quick, comforting dinner on chilly days, or a classy side dish that will impress your friends. The sweet and salty maple almond topping provides the perfect crunch. Looking for a new Thanksgiving recipe? You may have…

Podcast Episode 2: Why Does Good Food Sell Out?

27 November

Here’s the second episode of our storytelling podcast, The Stories Behind Our Food! You can hear #StoriesBehindOurFood on: Stitcher (on both Apple and Android.) Apple Podcasts (Apple devices only.) Google Podcasts (Android devices only.) Spotify or wherever you enjoy online audio! Did you like this episode? Subscribe to…

Podcast Episode 1: Back to the Food Co-op

22 October

We’re excited to announce that Equal Exchange has a new storytelling podcast, The Stories Behind Our Food! Here’s the first episode. You can hear #StoriesBehindOurFood on: Stitcher (on both Apple and Android.) Apple Podcasts (Apple devices only.) Google Podcasts (Android devices only.) Spotify or wherever you…

Who Grows Your Chocolate? An Update

15 October

You probably already know that cacao is the crop from which cocoa and chocolate are made. West African countries like Ghana and Côte d’Ivôire produce most of the world’s cacao. Starting a few years ago, labor abuses in West Africa began to get international attention. You…

USAID Grants and the Democracy of Information

08 October

We recently interviewed Cristina Liberati, who administers grants that support farmer cooperatives in Latin America as they improve their quality, productivity, and financial stability. Because of this project, small-scale cacao producers in rural areas can taste samples of the product they grow and assess its quality. This democratization of…

Soy-Free Chocolate

28 September

Equal Exchange crafts chocolate with only the purest ingredients. Whether you have a soy allergy, a chemical sensitivity, or you’re simply looking to avoid soy for quality reasons, we’ve got you covered. We use 100% fairly traded and organic cacao in the form of cocoa butter and chocolate…

What Do Folks Say About Our Coffee?

14 September

This summer, Equal Exchange brought our coffee and chocolate on the road to Austin, Texas for the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church. We shared a table with our partners at Episcopal Relief & Development and poured out our fairly traded brew to all comers. Over the course of…

High Quality Tea, from Leaf to Cup

10 September

Tea provides a taste of place – the growing region’s soil and elevation, its rainfall, the season. Cultivating it requires hard work and skill. And it’s a crop which can be vulnerable to climatic variation and environmental pollutants. That’s why we source 100% organic tea from small scale…

Four Ways to Get Out the Word

28 August

Whether you’re a longtime Equal Exchange partner or you’re brand-new around here, we’re grateful for the hard work you put into serving or selling fairly traded products from small-scale farmers. But you can’t do it alone. You need allies! You need supporters…