Try a Cold Brew Lime Daiquiri tonight

A coffee cocktail? Why not! This Cold Brew Lime Daiquiri is for the adults in the room. The berry and chocolate notes of the African coffees we recommend for the recipe pair beautifully with tart lime juice.

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Cold Brew Lime Daiquiri

This cold brew cocktail can elevate your dinner party -- or help you unwind in the backyard on a hot summer day.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Cuban
Keyword Cold Brew, Lime
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 shot light or gold rum
  • 1/2 cup coffee, prepared as cold brew We recommend Equal Exchange Organic Ethiopian.
  • 2 tsp simple syrup
  • 1-2 Tbsp fresh lime juice, about one lime

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to shaker.
  2. Shake well and strain into a glass with ice.
  3. Garnish with lime slices.

 

That was simple! Now, enjoy your Cold Brew Lime Daiquiri. Cheers!

2018 – 2019 Fundraising Catalog

Image shows inside pages of Equal Exchange.s 2018-2019 Fundraising Catalog.Our 2018-2019 Fundraising Catalog is here!

Our new Fundraising Catalog is here! It’s time for your organization to join other community groups, schools, clubs and non-profits and help small-scale farmers succeed while funding your important programs. 

Get free fundraising catalogs and posters when you sign up!

Sign up here >>

 

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NEW: Interactive Thermometer

New features to help your team raise more!

Keep your fundraiser on track with the new pull-out, color-as-you-go Goal Tracker thermometer.

Friends, family and supporters can now easily see the fundraising progress throughout your campaign. They’ll want to help participants reach their goals faster. (To determine how much each participant needs to raise, take your overall fundraising goal and divide it by the number of participants. To get an idea of what Equal Exchange products will get them to their goal, use our profit calculator.)

On the back cover, you can now find a cool, blank Doodle Space. Here, each fundraiser can personalize their own catalog by writing or drawing a message to describe what the funds mean to them.

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NEW: Doodle Space on Back Cover

 

Both interactive tools are designed to engage more people throughout your fundraising campaign to help you raise more money.

Fundraising tip: Ask your fundraisers to photograph their interactive features throughout your campaign so you can share with your community. Post on your social media channels, website, e-news, texts, and anywhere else you can think of to reach your supporters to help raise more money! 

 

What else is new?

 

Chocolate

  • Allergen and Special Diet Information
    • Equal Exchange’s chocolate bars are Organic, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free and Kosher and you can now find this information in the catalog. We’ve even indicated which chocolate bars are Vegan! (Note: Vegan is not a dietary description. Some chocolate bars may have been produced in a facility containing milk, peanuts, hazelnuts, almond and coconut.)
  • By popular request, we’ve added in Organic Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips! People can now purchase individual 10 oz bags, or buy them in the special Bakers Gift Box (both on page 10).Image of Equal Exchange's Organic Sisters' Blend Coffee.

Updates Coffee Lovers Will Love!

  • New low price! Our 10-12 oz bags of coffee are now just $11! This includes Organic Mind Body & Soul (ground), Love Buzz (ground, whole bean) and French Roast (ground) which are offered on page 6.
  • Organic Sisters’ Blend Coffee is now offered! Highlighted on page 6, this large one pound bag of delicious coffee is available for $13.

Order & Order Form Updates

  • Stay better organized with new colored columns on the pull-out order form envelope.
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New: Color columns on order forms.
  • Our downloadable master order form (Excel spreadsheet) has been simplified making it even easier to use! (If you do not have Excel, please contact us at fundraising@equalexchange.coop or 774.776.7366.)
  • We’ve streamlined our program by eliminating the pre-pack option for catalog fundraising orders. To make your distribution day easy and fun, we invite you to watch this helpful video.

We can’t wait to see how much you raise for your organization with our new catalog! Remember, each purchase helps you raise money while also supporting small-scale farmers. The more you raise, the more you help. 

Thank you for fundraising with Equal Exchange!

The EE Fundraising Organizer’s group is a great place to exchange ideas and help other fundraisers be successful! Join us on Facebook. And, don’t forget to take advantage of our educational resources throughout your campaign.

>> Lesson Plans and PowerPoints       >> Fair Trade Videos

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 significant supporter of Equal Exchange and the farmers we represent. St. Mary’s serves Equal Exchange coffee at fellowship after Mass and re-sells thousands of dollars’ worth of coffee, chocolate and other products at quarterly table sales.

A significant number of parishioners at St. Mary’s are originally from the Dominican Republic, where Equal Exchange has a close and longstanding relationship with CONACADO, the National Confederation of Dominican Cacao Producers. CONACADO has supplied us with cacao for our chocolate bars for 13 years.   A coincidence a few years ago illustrated the importance of the Dominican connection. When an Equal Exchange staffer was at St. Mary’s presenting some Power Point slides of farmer-members of CONACADO, one of the parishioners in the audience pointed to a slide and cried out “That’s my cousin!”

 

A smiling man crouches beneath a tree heavy with cacao pods.
Vlademir of CONACADO poses with cacao pods in the Dominican Republic.

 

On a recent Sunday after Mass, Abel Fernandez, one of the founders of CONACADO, spoke at St. Mary’s, to a mostly Dominican audience. He related the history of his cooperative, from its beginning in 1985 with 700 members and and growth  to its current size of over 10,000; and its effect on the Dominican cacao industry. Before CONACADO, he said, Dominican cacao was of low quality, and mostly sold for a below-market price to candy companies in the United States. The industry was controlled by a few processors who set the “take-it-or-leave-it” price.

CONACADO changed the industry in the Dominican Republic in many ways. They:

  • introduced new processing methods that greatly increased the quality of the exported cacao;
  • found premium buyers in Europe who would pay better prices;
  • connected with Fair Trade buyers, who add a social premium to the price they pay, for use in community development projects;
  • introduced extension services that brought their farmer-members better cultivation practices;
  • and connected with sources of affordable credit for their members, ultimately starting their own savings and loan.

The cooperative offers farmers an alternative to the oligopoly of fat-cat processors. Currently, about a quarter of the Dominican Republic’s small cacao farmers are members of CONACADO.

 

A man, Abel Fernandez, talks to two women about fair trade cacao. A chocolate fountain sits in the foreground.
Abel Fernandez of Conacado talks to Yania Peralta, an EE worker-owner, and others.

 

Abel’s presentation was accompanied by chocolate croissants and a chocolate fountain, both made with Equal Exchange chocolate. The fountain also used Equal Exchange organic and fairly traded bananas for dipping—it was a big hit with the children.

Introduce Us to Your Fundraising Team

Picture is of a ACOPAGRO Co-op cacao farmer in Peru smiling and holding a cacao pod.
Cacao farmer Marta Zatalaya, a member of the ACOPAGRO Coop in Peru says, “Thanks!”

You’ve started something special — let’s continue doing great things together!

By partnering with Equal Exchange’s fundraising programs last year, you not only raised money for the organization you care so much about, but you also supported small, organic farmer co-operatives around the world.

For this, we thank you!

It’s not always possible for you to continue volunteering at your beloved school or serving your non-profit in the same capacity forever. With over two decades in the nonprofit world, I personally understand how quickly information can fall off the radar. People rotate in and out. Projects get handed-off. Email addresses change. With this kind of disconnect, it’s no wonder so much time gets wasted as people re-create the wheel time and again. Your goal is to raise money for your group. When there’s a lot of turnover, that goal suffers.

To continue the amazing work you’ve started, we ask you to help keep us in touch with your team. Just invite members of your group to join the Equal Exchange Fundraising community!

With just two steps, it’s so easy!

  1. Copy this web link: http://equalexchange.coop/ee-and-you/fundraising
  2. Paste it into an email and send to the relevant people at your organization asking them to fill out the form.

After they fill out the form, we’ll include them in on our special fundraising e-news group. You’ll be giving the new fundraising coordinator a head start by telling them what worked for you! We’ll let them know when Equal Exchange’s new catalog comes out, remind them when sign-ups begin and offer helpful tips on how to raise more money. We only send e-newsletters about once a month. Receiving our news will help them continue the great work you started! (To learn about Equal Exchange’s privacy policy, click here.)

No time? No worries. Just copy and paste the letter below and send off to your committee. Feel free to customize to suit your needs!

Hi,

We loved raising money with Equal Exchange’s programs offering their organic, fairly traded and delicious products!

They send out e-news occasionally about fundraising to help organizations like ours raise more. I recommend you stay informed about their programs so we can continue our partnership. To get in the loop, visit this link http://equalexchange.coop/ee-and-you/fundraising and fill out the form.

Thanks!

Image of children holding chalk board that says, "Thank you for supporting us!"We look forward to remaining a special and meaningful part of your community so we can continue doing great things together!

A big thanks from all of us at Equal Exchange and our small farmer partners!

#eeoutdoors: Enter to win fairly traded prizes!

Take us outside with you!

Post a picture of yourself in the Great Outdoors with your favorite Equal Exchange beverage or snack and tag it #eeoutdoors — you could win one of four prize packs worth $50 each!

We think a strong connection to nature is healthy! That’s why we source our coffee, tea, chocolate and other products from people who farm using sustainable practices. What do YOU do to show your appreciation for the world outside four walls?

A picture speaks a thousand words. Whether your backyard is a desert or a rainforest, whether you like to kayak or prefer croquet — we want to see it! This summer, share your epic adventures with EE by entering our Instagram contest!

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#eeoutdoors

Here’s how to win. First, follow @equalexchange. Then post to Instagram by 8/31/18, using #eeoutdoors! Entries must depict you doing an outdoor activity that you love, with an EE product in the shot.

We’ll award prizes to the two posts with the most likes. And our editors will pick our favorites and award prizes to them, too. That’s FOUR chances to win! Check out #eeoutdoors on Instagram to see the posts!

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Helpful guidelines:

  • Let us see your faces! We love pictures of friends and of all kinds of families.
  • Get creative. You don’t necessarily need a majestic background to win — show off your love of nature in an imaginative way

 

 


The fineprint:

Equal Exchange is the administrator of this promotion. It is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram.

We must receive your entry by 11:59 PM EST on 8/31/18. By entering, you affirm that you are 18 or over and a US resident. EE employees are not eligible to win.

Photos must have been shot outdoors and must contain an EE product to be considered. Entries must tag @equalexchange and use the contest hashtag. EE reserves the right to disqualify any entry deemed offensive, inappropriate or otherwise unsuitable.

Two winning entries that adhere to the rules will be chosen based on likes. An impartial jury of EE staff members will choose two additional entries that adhere to the rules. We’ll contact winners by direct message on Instagram. Winners will have one week to claim their prizes by providing a US mailing address (not a PO box). We’ll ship prizes via UPS Ground.

We’ll announce the winners by 9/10/18.

Great Outdoors

At Equal Exchange, we work hard to bring you organic, sustainable and fairly traded coffee, tea and chocolate. What do we do when we’re not doing that? Let us show you!

EE worker-owners from every region of the US sent in pictures of ourselves, our friends and our family members (and our dogs!) spending time in the Great Outdoors. For some of us, that means a long hike or an ambitious workout. Others would rather dig in our gardens, relax by the shores of an inviting lake, or hunt for bugs in the backyard.

A photo collage of people in the great outdoors sitting in a tree, enjoying a park, hiking with a dog, and sipping sustainablee coffee

Share a pic that captures YOUR epic nature adventures and love of fair trade on Instagram. We’re giving out prizes! Read the contest post for details.

As our co-op has grown, we’ve become a far-flung group of people who work out of offices all over the country. You’ll notice different kinds of scenery in the background of these snapshots. But one thing we have in common is that we care about the impact our business has on the natural world. We want to make sure Equal Exchange is environmentally responsible. We strive to build supply chains that are fair to people and respectful of the earth.

EE supports growing methods that are better for the environment.  Small-scale, diverse farming may not be as efficient as huge, monocrop plantations. But small farms and cooperatives are more sustainable in the long run — economically, socially, and for the natural world that surrounds us.

A photo collage of people in the great outdoors posed by a waterfall, in a swamp, on a mountain hike, and trail running.

Connect to the Great Outdoors

Thanks for doing your part by shopping for organic and fairly traded foods. And thanks for taking the time to explain to your friends, family and coworkers why it matters. Sound ecological practices are everyone’s responsibility.

Not sure what to say? We’ve got you covered with Fair Trade talking points.

When we feel a connection to nature, we’re more likely to make an effort to protect it.   That’s why Equal Exchange worker-owners are all about getting out — wherever we may be — to have an adventure.  We hope to see you there!

 


Photo credits:

Collage 1 clockwise, from top left: Ashley Krant at Badlands National Park in South Dakota; Liza in Vermont (photo by Megan Chisholm); a friendly snail (photo by Jill Taylor); Marlon Cifuentes in Providence, Rhode Island; Laura Bechard with Apuka the dog in New Hampshire (photo by Erika Szonntag)

Collage 2 clockwise, from top left: Jeff Purser at Songo Pond in Maine; Cutch the dog at Mount Hood in Oregon (photo by Stephanee DiMaggio); Marcus Jones in Oregon (photo by Stephanie O’Rourke); Andrew, Alison, Vinnie and Louie Booth-Gribas at Ballard Locks in Washington (photo by Vera Pash); Zumwalt Prairie in Oregon (photo by Katie Sharpe).

Collage 3 clockwise, from top left: Evan at Diana’s Baths in New Hampshire (photo by Jill Taylor); an EE cup in Michigan (photo by Ravdeep Jaidka); Dave Tybor, Rachel Tybor and Lucas Fowler at Kelly Park in Florida; Shawn Seebach at Dog Mountain in Washington; Ned the dog with Emily Nink, Hannah Bassett and Meghan Bodo in New Hampshire (photo by Ian MacLellan).

Sweet Tea Perfection

Sweet Tea is the summer drink of choice across the American South. As the days heat up, it’s time to get your tea game on-point!

EE Sales-Rep LeeAnn Harrington is a professionally trained chef. In Texas, where she hails from, folks sip their iced tea without sugar. But during the five years LeeAnn spent in Orlando, FL studying at LeCordon Bleu, she developed a sweet tooth and learned to drink Sweet Tea like a local.

Chef LeeAnn is a perfectionist; when we asked for Sweet Tea tips using fairly-traded teas, she told us she’d have to experiment a bit. She’s been interested in the science of cooking since childhood, when she made her first pudding from scratch, marveling as the ingredients thickened from a watery liquid to a rich, velvety texture.

True to form, Chef LeeAnn tweaked her Southern Sweet Tea recipe until she achieved just the right blend of flavorful and refreshing.

Red and Black Tea
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Southern Sweet Tea recipe

Here are Chef LeeAnn's instructions for black tea, green tea and herbal tea. Try all three versions for peak summer chill!

Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword Tea
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 6-8 bags Equal Exchange black tea
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 16 cups water
  • fresh mint optional
  • sliced citrus optional

Instructions

  1. Combine the granulated sugar with two cups of water in a medium-sized saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring continuously with a large spoon until the sugar is completely dissolved. Set aside to cool.

  2. Over medium heat, bring another saucepan with four cups of room temperature water to 212 degrees F, or just to boiling, (not a rolling boil).

  3. Remove from the heat, and place the 6-8 bags of tea in the saucepan. Cover with a lid and let the bags steep for 4-5 minutes.

  4. Remove the tea bags and let the brewed tea cool to room temperature. Leaving the bags in for much longer than five minutes can result in a bitter taste!

  5. When both mixtures are at room temperature, combine them in a gallon size container and add the remaining 10 cups of water.

  6. Place in the refrigerator for at least eight hours to allow the tea to cool sufficiently.

  7. Once the mixture is prepared and chilled, you can add fresh mint, sliced oranges, or sliced lemons. Serve cold over ice. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Variations on this theme:

Try substituting Equal Exchange Organic Green Tea! Bring the water to boil, then let cool to 170-180 degrees and steep for just 2-3 minutes before removing tea bags and continuing with the recipe as written above. Or use a caffeine-free Organic Herbal Tea from Equal Exchange such as Rooibos, Peppermint, Ginger or Chamomile. Bring the water to boil, 212 degrees F. Immediately add teabags, but steep for longer, 8-10 minutes.

 

 

Crispy Chicken with Almonds — Easy and GF

 

a plate of crispy chicken breaded with organic almonds
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Crispy Chicken with Almond — Easy and GF

Fairly traded and organic almonds give this crispy chicken dish extra texture and a mildly sweet, nutty flavor, complimented by black pepper and paprika. Our Almond Crunch Chicken recipe is just as easy to make gluten-free. Grill it or bake in the oven for a crowd-pleasing summer recipe.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Almonds, Chicken
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken leg quarters with skin
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 stick butter melted
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 cup Panko crumbs or gluten-free bread crumbs
  • 1 cup Organic Natural Almonds blended in a food processor to the consistency of crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F — or plan to fire up the grill!
  2. Beat the egg in a large bowl and whisk in the milk and apple cider vinegar. Add half of the melted butter and the honey.
  3. Mix all the spices, crumbs and almonds in a shallow pan or heavy-duty freezer bag.
  4. One at a time, dredge the chicken pieces in the egg mixture. Then, dip each piece in the crunch mix. Lay the coated chicken pieces in a single layer in a glass baking dish. Pour the remaining butter over the chicken.
  5. If baking, put the dish in the oven for one hour. If grilling, let the chicken rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to firm up the breading, then start up the coals. Place the chicken directly on the grill and cook, covered, until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 165 F.

Enjoy!

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Don’t like mayo? Try Za’atar Potato Salad!

Anticipating of the arrival of the Palestinian Farmer’s Box later this summer, we were excited to try this flavorful za’atar potato salad. It’s a zesty alternative to traditional mayo-heavy potato salads, made with za’atar, a savory Middle Eastern spice mix of fragrant thyme, sumac and sesame seeds. We added our special Palestinian Olive Oil to the recipe.

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Za'atar Potato Salad

This easy-to-prepare salad did not disappoint. And it looked positively beautiful before we dove into it! It's perfect for vegans. It’s also dairy- and gluten-free.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Keyword potato, za'atar
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds small red potatoes, cut into quarters
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup cider or balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon coarse mustard
  • 1 cup Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ½ Tablespoon kosher salt
  • ½ Tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon za’atar, plus more for garnish
  • ¼ cup Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
  • ½ cup artichoke hearts, quartered
  • ¼ cup scallions, minced

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil over medium-high heat. Add potatoes and cook until just fork tender. Drain potatoes into a colander, allowing the steam to evaporate for 5–10 minutes.
  2. Next, combine the next 7 ingredients into the bottom of a large mixing bowl. Whisk to make an emulsion.
  3. Finally, add potatoes along with the remaining ingredients and stir to blend, coating the potatoes in the vinaigrette. Serve warm or at room temperature, garnished with za’atar.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from “The Local Palate” recipe by Matt Moore.

A glass bowl of mayo-free potato salad with a bottle of fair trade olive oil and za'atar spices.

 

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BBQ Spice Rub for Coffee Lovers

Do you enjoy a hot cup of coffee in the morning as much as we do? Do you love red meat? Then you’ll flip for our BBQ Spice Rub recipe.

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Coffee BBQ Spice Rub

The addition of fresh ground coffee brings out the kick. Rub it on whatever you plan to grill and bring a jolt to your next cookout!
Keyword Chili, Coffee

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons drip-ground Organic coffee
  • 2 Tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon dried chili pepper, ground
  • 1 Tablespoon cayenne
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon Organic Baking Cocoa

Instructions

  1. Mix all spices together, stirring until well-blended.
  2. Rub generously into your ribs or steak, using one tablespoon of rub per pound of meat.
  3. Let it marinate in the refrigerator overnight before grilling.
  4. Store any remaining spice rub in an air-tight container.
Organic coffee brewed while camping. Coffee is also good in our spice rub.
Organic coffee — it’s not just for drinking!

 

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