An Appreciation Of The Pope’s Encyclical Letter On The Environment

26 June

There’s excitement here at Equal Exchange about Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on the environment, “Laudato Si’ (Praise Be): Care for our Common Home.” In the Pope’s encyclical, he makes a powerful call for urgent action on climate change and environmental pollution. These issues are of paramount importance to…

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…

School-Wide Fundraising Part 3: Distributing Orders

07 May

This is part three of a series on school fundraising. Read Part 1: Logistics or Part 2: Collecting Orders Your fundraiser is almost finished! You’ve done a great job promoting, selling and collecting orders. Now it’s time to wrap up and distribute all those Fair Trade goodies. You…

School-Wide Fundraising Part 2: Collecting Orders

14 April

This is part three of a series on school fundraising. Read Part 1: Logistics or Part 3: Distributing Orders After the hustle of promoting your school-wide fundraiser and gathering support from your community comes the daunting task of collecting those order forms. The trick to mastering this step is…

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…

Chai-Spiced Hot Cocoa

16 February

Ingredients 2 cups milk of your choice 2 Tbsp Equal Exchange Organic Baking Cocoa 2 Tbsp granulated sugar Dash of cardamom Dash of ground ginger Dash of allspice Dash of ground cloves Dash of cinnamon Directions Add all ingredients to a saucepan and stir consistently over low heat for several…

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…

School-Wide Fundraising Part 1: Logistics

03 February

This is part three of a series on school fundraising. Read Part 2: Collecting Orders or Part 3: Distributing Orders Running a school-wide fundraiser can be logistically challenging, but if your community is motivated and organized, you’ll see big results! And with an Equal Exchange school fundraiser, your…

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…