The Small Producer Symbol: What Does It Stand For?

23 November

In the last year, you may have noticed a new logo on the package of your coffee: the Small Producer Symbol. The SPP (the acronym of the Spanish name, Simbolo de Pequeños Productores ) is a relatively new certification label that you can now find on many of our coffees…

How To Place Your Fundraising Order

04 November

Congratulations on running a Fair Trade fundraiser with Equal Exchange! Now that the selling phase is over, it’s time to place your compiled order. Need some help navigating the Master Order Form? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! This is the part of the fundraiser that requires the…

On Coffee Farmers And Thankfulness

03 November

Every year, small groups of Equal Exchange worker-owners journey to Nicaragua to meet small-scale coffee producers and to experience what it feels like to pick coffee. The trip often evokes feelings of connection with the farmers and an appreciation for the hard work that they do. As we…

Infographic: Small Farmer Tea Vs. Conventionally Traded Tea

05 October

At Equal Exchange, we believe that “Fair Trade” means “small farmer,” and our relationships with tea growers reflect that. Our tea comes from democratically organized small farmer groups, not plantations or estates. We work directly with farmer groups to pay them a fair price for their tea, offer affordable credit…

Our Coffee Roaster

04 September

Take a journey through the Equal Exchange Coffee Roasting process and learn what goes into making your morning brew…

New Federal School Fundraising Rules & Fair Trade Solutions

27 August

Last year, new federal rules on school fundraisers and snacks went into effect nationwide. These guidelines regulate the food available to kids throughout the school day, from the cafeteria to the vending machines. This includes – you guessed it – food fundraisers like bake sales and candy bar sales. The goal is…

6 Ways To Promote Your Fundraiser At Back-To-School Night

26 August

How many families participated in your last catalog fundraiser? If you’re like most communities, participation probably ranged from 20-50%. It’s disappointing when you work hard to run a school fundraiser and don’t see the support you expected. Sometimes this happens because parents get sidetracked or feel…

An Appreciation Of The Pope’s Encyclical Letter On The Environment

26 June

There’s excitement here at Equal Exchange about Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on the environment, “Laudato Si’ (Praise Be): Care for our Common Home.” In the Pope’s encyclical, he makes a powerful call for urgent action on climate change and environmental pollution. These issues are of paramount importance to…

Visiting A Primary Co-Op In Nicaragua

12 June

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…