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Cacao beans on a table form the shape of Africa, along with a bar of Total Eclipse chocolate

Episode 5: Total Eclipse of the Heart

It’s time for The Stories Behind Our Food. We’ve just released a brand-new episode of our interview-style podcast, and…

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Woman In Coffee Highlight: Meet Haby

In the lush and isolated highlands of southern Peru, a region known as Incahuasi, meaning “House of the Incas,” one young woman, Habilia Vigoria Oyola…

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Episode 4: Farmers Sharing Knowledge for Better Chocolate — and Better Outcomes

Hey, it’s another episode of The Stories Behind Our Food, live and ready for you to listen! Here it is! You can hear…

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The Dairy Crisis: Intertwining the World of Trade, Livelihoods and Consumers

By Emily Ambrose, Equal Exchange In early January, I wrote a piece highlighting my experience as a dairy farmer and the path that led to…

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Men in Ethiopia hold small paper cups of fair trade organic coffee

Natural Process Coffee

Have you ever tried natural process coffee? If you have, you probably noticed a difference! Known as “naturals” in the specialty coffee industry, these coffees…

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The Pasture Ahead: A Path to Organizing

By Emily Ambrose, Organizer, Equal Exchange Being new at Equal Exchange has been like returning to school. I am constantly learning the intricacies of building…

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

The Stories Behind Our Food has a new episode! Here it is.     You can hear #StoriesBehindOurFood on: Stitcher (on both Apple and Android…

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Cacao Pods

The Current Storm: The Realities of Climate Change for Cacao Producers

By: Dana Drugmand, Equal Exchange Barista On Thursday October 11th, a group of activists, teachers, friends and allies gathered in the Equal Exchange cafe for…

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Three Children

Of Caravans, State Terror and Climate Disruption

A closer look at the U.S. role in creating refugees from Latin America November 16th marks the 29th anniversary of the slaying of six…

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Who Grows Your Chocolate? An Update

You probably already know that cacao is the crop from which cocoa and chocolate are made. West African countries like Ghana and Côte d…

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USAID Grants and the Democracy of Information

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…

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Worker Cooperatives and Democracy: A Long, Proud History

It was the early 2000s at Equal Exchange when it became clear that the company was growing fast. We had many opportunities — like looking…

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High Quality Tea, from Leaf to Cup

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…

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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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