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Farmer Stories

Abel Fernandez at St. Mary of the Angels

For over ten years, the Catholic parish of St. Mary of the Angels in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, has been a constant and…

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Cherries grown on an organic coffee plant

What’s It Like to Grow Coffee?

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…

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Quality Coffee Cupping

Our Quality is Top-Notch

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…

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Raise a Cup to Women!

International Women’s Day is March 8th. We hope you’ll join us by raising a cup of your favorite brew to women producers, leaders…

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Cacao coop members joyfully toss beans into the air.

We Love Our Co-op Partners

We’re pretty sure that chocolate made under fair conditions tastes the best! That’s why we only buy cacao and sugar from democratically…

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Small Farmer Fund Project Updates

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…

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Our Sisters in Coffee

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…

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From the Field: Chiapas, Mexico

Earlier this summer, Green Coffee Buyer Carly Kadlec traveled to Chiapas, Mexico to visit our farmer partners at Comon Yaj Noptic Cooperative. Here she shares…

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A Palestinian Olive Oil Story

We’re proud to offer fairly traded, organic olive oil grown by small-scale farmers in the West Bank. We believe this olive oil…

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Reflections on Fair Trade and Immigration

How do your fellow parishioners react when you propose fairly traded coffee for sale or fellowship hour? Do you get a yawn, or a pat…

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Co-op Spotlight: Fortaleza del Valle

We’re proud to work with Fortaleza del Valle, a 935-member cacao co-op in Calceta, Manabí, Ecuador. We use their distinctive and…

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Love Buzz Starts Here: Reflections on a Trip to Nicaragua

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…

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

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…

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The Inspiring Women of ASPROCAFE Ingruma

Women’s voices are a growing force within our supply chain, and we’re proud to honor them with our seasonal Women in Coffee…

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Solidarity In The Coffee Leaf Rust Crisis

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…

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