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Category: Farmer

What’s It Like to Grow Coffee?

29 May

HANDS IN THE DIRT In early spring, gardeners in the USA welcome warmer weather by pouring over our seed catalogs, readying the soil in our plots, and starting plants indoors. By June, we’ve moved those seedlings outside. We’re beginning the rounds of weeding and watering that will…

Our Quality is Top-Notch

06 March

At Equal Exchange, our concern for the quality of small-scale producers’ lives is matched only by our attention to the quality of our finished coffee. From farmers to cuppers, we’re professionals. And every choice we make contributes to the exceptional character of Equal Exchange coffees. We’re proud…

We Love Our Co-op Partners

06 February

We’re pretty sure that chocolate made under fair conditions tastes the best! That’s why we only buy cacao and sugar from democratically-organized farmer collectives whose members have a say in business decisions. A new tool — Co-op Profiles — now makes it easier than ever…

Small Farmer Fund Project Updates

05 February

Did you know that your purchases support projects that help level the playing field for small-scale farmers? Equal Exchange allocates a portion of sales from over 7,000 participating congregations to the relief, development and human rights organizations that make up our Interfaith Partner groups. Here are just a…

Our Sisters in Coffee

17 October

by Equal Exchange Quality Control Manager Beth Ann Caspersen. Pictured above: Beth Ann with participants in the Gender Equity Training hosted by Coffee Quality Institute in 2015.  I first started talking about the role of women in coffee production in 2010, after I participated in a women’s coffee producer…

Love Buzz Starts Here: Reflections on a Trip to Nicaragua

15 March

In January, fellow Equal Exchange co-owner Laurie Foote and I were on a plane bound for Nicaragua. We were part of an Equal Exchange/Presbyterian Hunger Program Delegation, a special immersion experience focused on Fair Trade and the journey of coffee, starting at its origin. Once in Nicaragua, we…

Organic Chocolate vs. Conventional: What’s the Difference?

13 March

Chocolate is undeniably one of the most popular treats around, and one of the most widely available. But do you ever stop and think about where that chocolate comes from and how it’s made? While you may be used to choosing organic produce, you might not be familiar with…

The Inspiring Women of ASPROCAFE Ingruma

20 February

Women’s voices are a growing force within our supply chain, and we’re proud to honor them with our seasonal Women in Coffee series. Organic Crescendo comes to you from Colombia, where coffee farming is deeply rooted in the culture. ASPROCAFE Ingruma is one of the leading farmer…

Solidarity In The Coffee Leaf Rust Crisis

06 June

It’s bad enough that small coffee farmers get peanuts for their beans, and face natural and human disasters like unusual hurricanes or gang violence. The latest crisis to burden them is a fungus called coffee leaf rust, which causes blemishes on a coffee plants’ leaves, damaging the health and…

Visiting A Primary Co-Op In Nicaragua

12 June

A conversation with Jose Alfredo Lovo Variegas, from a 2015 Equal Exchange delegation to Nicaragua. In Dipilto, Nicaragua, a small community sits nested in the mountains right on the border of Honduras. Houses perch on the mountainside along steep roads cut with deep grooves for traction, and mist hangs in…

Our Journey To PRODECOOP, Nicaragua

16 March

In January 2015, I had the extraordinary privilege of joining an Equal Exchange/PCUSA delegation to Nicaragua. These delegations connect supporters of Fair Trade, and Equal Exchange employees like me, with the people and places that make our products possible. Traveling to this new country, meeting farmers and seeing the…

Our Cocoa Story: Big Change In The Dominican Republic

16 February

From decadent cookies to hot chocolate to the perfect mocha, there are lots of reasons to love our rich and flavorful organic cocoa. But what’s the best thing about our cocoa? It’s the story–about farmer ownership, empowerment and an evolving supply chain. Shop Fair Trade Cocoa &gt…