About Equal Exchange
50 United Drive
West Bridgewater, MA 02379
For All Who Love Making a Difference
It all started with an idea: what if food could be traded in a way that is honest and fair, a way that empowers both farmers and consumers?
Our founders - Rink Dickinson, Jonathan Rosenthal and Michael Rozyne - asked this question as they envisioned a trade model that values farmers and consumers. So they took a big risk and plunged full-force into changing a broken food system. In 1986, they started with fairly traded coffee from Nicaragua and didn't look back. Read more about our story.
Today, we continue to find new and powerful ways to build a better food system. We partner with co-ops of farmers who provide high-quality organic coffees, teas, chocolates, bananas, olive oil, nuts and more, and we sell these products to stores and cafes, schools and congregations, individuals, and other organizations.
Our worker-owned co-op is based in West Bridgewater, MA with offices in St. Paul, MN and Portland, OR. You can also visit the Equal Exchange Cafe in Boston, MA and the Equal Exchange Espresso Bar in Seattle, WA. Read more about our co-op model.
We invite you to join us in building an authentic Fair Trade movement. Together we can create stronger local communities, a more just food system and a healthier planet. Together we can make a difference!
Our products are fairly traded in accordance with internationally recognized standards. Our coffee, tea, cocoa, chocolate and sugar are Certified Fairly Traded by The Institute of Marketecology (IMO). Our organic products are certified organically grown and processed in accordance with Oregon Tilth Standards and the California Organic Food Act of 1990. All coffee, cocoa, chocolate, and tea products are certified kosher.
Percolator coffees are valve sealed and come in a resealable package. 12 oz. and 10 oz. packages, whole bean or drip grind, are valve sealed. Both will stay fresh for months if kept in a cool, dry place. Pillow packs are designed specially to brew one pot of coffee in commercial 12-cup Bunn or Bloomfield style brewers (not home brewers). Satellite packs are designed for use in commercial 1.5 gallon satellite brewers. Once opened, all products should be kept in an airtight container to maintain freshness and flavor.
Are you interested in participating in a catalog fundraiser at your school, youth group, or organization? Or do you want to set up a table and re-sell fairly traded products to raise funds? Equal Exchange Fundraising offers organic and fairly traded foods, beautiful fairly traded gifts and recycled cotton gift wrap (tree-free!). With Equal Exchange Fundraising your organization can support sustainability, enjoy award-winning products and make a difference in the lives of small farmers and artisans across the globe.
Learn more about Fundraising or request a free catalog here.
Serving Our Coffee
By offering Equal Exchange coffee, tea, cocoa and fair foods during your congregation’s fellowship hour or at any other gathering or event, your community can enjoy delicious fairly traded products while supporting our global neighbors.
Equal Exchange's Interfaith Program partners with faith-based relief, development and human rights organizations and works with communities of faith as they learn about and promote Fair Trade. People of faith are living out their values through their consumer choices, and farming communities are providing for their families, greening our planet and building a better future.
Our current Interfaith partners are Lutheran World Relief, American Jewish World Service, the American Friends Service Committee, Church of the Brethren, Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, Catholic Relief Services,Disciples of Christ, the Mennonite Central Committee U.S., the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Church of Christ, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. These partnerships help us create a bridge between farming communities and congregations, community groups, individuals of faith and faith-based organizations. If your congregation doesn't fit into one of these partnerships, you are still welcome to order from us and support small farmers.
Learn more about Serving here.
Selling in Your Community
You can purchase Equal Exchange products to re-sell at a holiday bazaar, community fair, buying club or any other event.
Learn more about Selling here.