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A woman holds a gift basket full of fair trade coffee

Personalize your fair trade gifts!

Consumable gifts like coffee, tea and chocolate are wonderful because they won’t collect dust on a shelf, will likely not get re-gifted…

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A group of smiling people hold up cacao pods

What is a co-op, anyway?

Co-op stands for cooperative. You probably already guessed that. Co-op sounds like something positive — working together, hooray! Throughout history, people have organized…

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Todd with coffee plant and farmer

Diving Into Roasting, and Pondering the Future with Todd Caspersen

Interview by Jennifer Pruess, Equal Exchange Wrapping up Portland’s Early History, Diving Into Roasting, and Pondering the Future with Todd Caspersen With Todd (Todd…

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Image shows a close up of organic coffee seedlings from Cooperativa Norandino located in Peru.

Meet FarmRaiser: A Fundraising Partner

As our lives become more automated, many are looking for ways to utilize technology to boost fundraising sales, save time, and stay organized. We hear…

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Cupping Coffee

The Early Days of Portland Spurs Equal Exchange’s Next Chapter: Roasting

Interview by Jennifer Pruess, Equal Exchange Welcome to the third installment of our mini-blog series: Equal Exchange Goes Out West to Stay. We now…

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Peru Delegation

Building Community Through Shared Space

2019 Equal Exchange Summit Equal Exchange has always been about building authentic relationships. We want people to reconnect to where food comes from, to engage…

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two cupped hands hold dried cocoa beans

Organic Cacao: Bean to Bar

Do you know where chocolate comes from? Have you ever seen a cacao bean or a cacao pod? Most people have only experienced the end…

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unloading sugarcane at the collection center in paraguay

Organic Sugar: Cane to Table

The sugar we use in our chocolate and cocoa comes from fair trade and organic sugarcane! Our co-operative partners work hard to provide a…

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A boy stands in a forest

Shade-Grown Coffee

Shade-grown coffee is as natural as it comes — the low-to-the-ground plant thrives as part of a healthy ecosystem surrounded by…

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A cup of decaf coffee with a napkin and spoon

Decaf Coffee: We Remove Caffeine, Not Flavor

Experimenting with ways to eliminate those too-much-coffee jitters or sleep better at night? You don’t necessarily need to give up coffee. Decaf…

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Two women and a bou pick through harvested olives that will be made into Virgin Olive Oil

Why Two Kinds of Olive Oil?

Since 2011, Equal Exchange has carried organic olive oil from Palestinian farmers. West Bank families produce this special oil from olive trees that have been…

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Building an Alternative Trade Organization for 2020

Equal Exchange was founded as an alternative trade organization (ATO) with the mission of connecting US consumers and small marginalized farmers from the global south…

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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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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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coffee training

The Story of Wells Neal & 1033 SE Main St

By Jennifer Pruess, Demo & DSD, Equal Exchange Welcome the second edition to the Equal Exchange Out West series! In early August,  I sat down…

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