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Understanding Olive Oil Terms

When shopping for olive oil, you might notice a few terms commonly used to describe it: extra virgin, unrefined, cold-pressed, organic — but what do all these words really mean? Here, we’re going to define a few key olive oil terms to help you understand the way your…

Tips for Your Holiday Sale

Holiday sale season is just around the corner! Holiday sales are a great way to bring Fair Trade gift options to your community, raise money, and share your group’s social justice mission. Start planning your sale today with these tried-and-true ideas from experienced fair traders. Dress…

How to Host a Coffee Tasting

Tasting coffee is a full sensory experience, from the moment you grind your freshly roasted coffee through to your last sip.  This guide (written by our Coffee Quality Control Manager, Beth Ann Caspersen) will show you how to hold your own coffee tasting to celebrate the hard work of the…

On the Road with the Interfaith Team

This summer, the Equal Exchange interfaith team traveled around the country to events celebrating our faith-based partnerships. We were excited to meet and talk with so many of our supporters and hear about the work that they are doing in their communities. Meet some of our extended Equal Exchange…

Coffee Roast Levels: What’s the Difference?

When you’re making coffee, what’s your go-to roast level? Do you prefer the bright, milder flavor of a Guatemala Medium, or the sweet smokiness of Love Buzz? Have you ever wondered what really makes them different? Here we’ll break down the differences between coffee roasts, from…

From the Field: Chiapas, Mexico

Earlier this summer, Green Coffee Buyer Carly Kadlec traveled to Chiapas, Mexico to visit our farmer partners at Comon Yaj Noptic Cooperative. Here she shares her thoughts on these farmers’ inspiring efforts to preserve local biodiversity: Back in 2013, during my first visit to our partners at Comon Yaj Noptic…

The People’s Food System Summit

You can be a part of changing the food system! For over 30 years, Equal Exchange has worked together with farmers and consumers to change the way that our food is grown and distributed, and to give farmers a fair shake. On June 9th and 10th, Equal Exchange held our…

A Palestinian Olive Oil Story

We’re proud to offer fairly traded, organic olive oil grown by small-scale farmers in the West Bank. We believe this olive oil is truly special, both for what it is as a product and for the story behind it. Watch the video below and read on to…

Introducing Organic Nicaraguan Summer Solstice

Changing norms and power dynamics takes time — and regular tending. The members and leaders of PRODECOOP in Nicaragua demonstrate this in the work they do to promote gender equity in their co-op. In recognition of the story of their successes and efforts, we’re proud to offer a…

Our Favorite Summer Recipes

When the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, it’s time for backyard cookouts, sipping cold drinks, and frosty desserts. Here are a few of our favorite summertime recipes, each featuring organic, fairly traded ingredients! Cold Brew Coffee Ingredients: Your favorite Equal Exchange coffee! Try Organic Cold…

Ground Coffee vs Whole Bean Coffee: Which Is Right For You?

When deciding between ground coffee and whole bean coffee, it comes down to a question of convenience vs. the opportunity for better quality. We’ll break down the details below with some questions you can ask yourself to determine which one is right for you. What brew method are…

Bring Fair Trade to Your Farmer’s Market

Are you looking for a new way to connect your community with the mission of Equal Exchange? Take your table sale outside and try selling fairly traded and organic products at your local farmer’s market! It’s easy to get started and a great way to connect with new…