Co-op Spotlight: Fortaleza del Valle

We’re proud to work with Fortaleza del Valle, a 935-member cacao co-op in Calceta, Manabí, Ecuador. We use their distinctive and delicious cacao in our Organic Ecuador Dark Chocolate and our Organic Extreme Dark Chocolate! Read on to find out more about the co-op, our…

8 Common Coffee Brewing Mistakes (And How to Fix Them!)

If you’re like most coffee drinkers, you brew coffee at home at least some of the time. But are you making any of these 8 common coffee brewing mistakes? Let our Coffee Quality Control Tech, Hillary, walk you through our top brewing tips — so you get a great…

Love Buzz Starts Here: Reflections on a Trip to Nicaragua

In January, fellow Equal Exchange co-owner Laurie Foote and I were on a plane bound for Nicaragua. We were part of an Equal Exchange/Presbyterian Hunger Program Delegation, a special immersion experience focused on Fair Trade and the journey of coffee, starting at its origin. Once in Nicaragua, we…

Organic Chocolate vs. Conventional: What’s the Difference?

Chocolate is undeniably one of the most popular treats around, and one of the most widely available. But do you ever stop and think about where that chocolate comes from and how it’s made? While you may be used to choosing organic produce, you might not be familiar with…

Making the Oil of Chrism with Justice

Every year on Tuesday in Holy Week, the clergy of the Episcopal Diocese of California gather at Grace Cathedral to renew their ordination vows and receive newly blessed oils for healing and baptism. The oil they receive is the “Oil of Chrism,” a mixture of olive oil, cinnamon, cassia, calamus…

How to Make Chocolate Egg Cookies

We love these fun and easy cookies that feature our Organic Dark Chocolate Eggs! Simple shortbread cookies with toasted, shredded coconut make perfect nests for each egg. Add these to your Easter baskets, sell them at your spring bake sale or serve after Easter Sunday brunch! Ingredients: 1 ⅓ cup shredded…

The Inspiring Women of ASPROCAFE Ingruma

Women’s voices are a growing force within our supply chain, and we’re proud to honor them with our seasonal Women in Coffee series. Organic Crescendo comes to you from Colombia, where coffee farming is deeply rooted in the culture. ASPROCAFE Ingruma is one of the leading farmer…

2016 Year in Review

Last year, we celebrated the 30th birthday of Equal Exchange — and so much more! In this video, Equal Exchange worker-owners share just a few of the moments that made 2016 great. Thank you for your support, and please join us in creating big change in 2017…

How to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! You know what that means: sweets for your sweetheart. Celebrate the day by making these easy, delicious chocolate covered strawberries. The best part? We make them with organic, fairly traded chocolate! Show your love for that special someone with a thoughtful alternative…