this is a page for

Category: 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…

Breaking The Crust

28 January

“Breaking the crust” is a term used in coffee cupping to describe the action of using a spoon to release the true aroma and quality of coffee that has been steeping in a glass beneath a layer of frothy grounds. Reflecting back on my experience with an Equal…

Year In Review: 2014

15 January

Last year, we accomplished so much together. We’re so proud to have the support of coffee drinkers, chocolate lovers and authentic Fair Trade enthusiasts like you. You make it all possible. Last year, our chocolate products used over one million pounds of organic, fairly traded cocoa beans and 500…

A Visit To Our Olive Oil Co-Op

30 December

In late November, of 2014, I spent a day with PARC, Equal Exchange’s olive oil partner. As we drove from PARC’s headquarters in Ramallah to an olive growing community, Mohammad Hmidat, Quality Control Manager for PARC, pointed out a town called Bir Zeit, where centuries ago, Palestinian olive…

Our Cup Of Organic Tea: Empowered Farmers, Better Trade

15 August

When do you enjoy our fairly traded, organic tea? Whether it’s a warm cup in the morning or tall glass of iced tea on a summer afternoon, tea is a refreshing and delicious complement to any relaxing moment. In every cup of Equal Exchange tea, there’s the story…

Organic Vs. Conventional Coffee

25 April

Coffee lovers are discerning people, and there’s a lot to say about its many flavors, aromas, and origins – but one of the biggest differences between coffees is most striking before it even reaches your cup. It’s the difference between conventional and organic coffee. Even if you already choose…