Visiting A Primary Co-Op In Nicaragua

A conversation with Jose Alfredo Lovo Variegas, from a 2015 Equal Exchange delegation to Nicaragua. In Dipilto, Nicaragua, a small community sits nested in the mountains right on the border of Honduras. Houses perch on the mountainside along steep roads cut with deep grooves for traction, and mist hangs in…

School-Wide Fundraising Part 3: Distributing Orders

This is part three of a series on school fundraising. Read Part 1: Logistics or Part 2: Collecting Orders Your fundraiser is almost finished! You’ve done a great job promoting, selling and collecting orders. Now it’s time to wrap up and distribute all those Fair Trade goodies. You…

School-Wide Fundraising Part 2: Collecting Orders

This is part three of a series on school fundraising. Read Part 1: Logistics or Part 3: Distributing Orders After the hustle of promoting your school-wide fundraiser and gathering support from your community comes the daunting task of collecting those order forms. The trick to mastering this step is…

Our Journey To PRODECOOP, Nicaragua

In January 2015, I had the extraordinary privilege of joining an Equal Exchange/PCUSA delegation to Nicaragua. These delegations connect supporters of Fair Trade, and Equal Exchange employees like me, with the people and places that make our products possible. Traveling to this new country, meeting farmers and seeing the…

Chai-Spiced Hot Cocoa

Ingredients 2 cups milk of your choice 2 Tbsp Equal Exchange Organic Baking Cocoa 2 Tbsp granulated sugar Dash of cardamom Dash of ground ginger Dash of allspice Dash of ground cloves Dash of cinnamon Directions Add all ingredients to a saucepan and stir consistently over low heat for several…

Our Cocoa Story: Big Change In The Dominican Republic

From decadent cookies to hot chocolate to the perfect mocha, there are lots of reasons to love our rich and flavorful organic cocoa. But what’s the best thing about our cocoa? It’s the story–about farmer ownership, empowerment and an evolving supply chain. It starts in the Dominican…

School-Wide Fundraising Part 1: Logistics

This is part three of a series on school fundraising. Read Part 2: Collecting Orders or Part 3: Distributing Orders Running a school-wide fundraiser can be logistically challenging, but if your community is motivated and organized, you’ll see big results! And with an Equal Exchange school fundraiser, your…

Breaking The Crust

“Breaking the crust” is a term used in coffee cupping to describe the action of using a spoon to release the true aroma and quality of coffee that has been steeping in a glass beneath a layer of frothy grounds. Reflecting back on my experience with an Equal…

Year In Review: 2014

Last year, we accomplished so much together. We’re so proud to have the support of coffee drinkers, chocolate lovers and authentic Fair Trade enthusiasts like you. You make it all possible. Last year, our chocolate products used over one million pounds of organic, fairly traded cocoa beans and 500…