Fairly Traded Coffee, Chocolate, Tea & Snacks

May Day, 1986

35 years ago on May 1st, U.S. customs officials released our first shipment of "forbidden" Café Nica from the port in Boston and Equal Exchange was born. The three founders believed in fairness to farmers and yearned for a closer connection between shoppers and the farmers behind their food. The Reagan administration's policies didn’t stop them from demonstrating solidarity with the fledgling people's movement in Nicaragua. And our journey began.
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Our Co-op

We believe that we should expect no less from ourselves and each other than we seek out from our farmer partners. For that reason we have organized ourselves as a democratic worker co-operative, now one of the largest in the country. The concept is simple: A worker co-op is not owned by outside shareholders or a small group of founders or partners but by all the employees in equal portions.
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Join Our Community

What if food could be traded in a way that is honest and fair? We are taking a powerful step in building a democratic model that connects all parts of the supply chain. We cannot succeed in transforming the food system without the active, deep, and committed participation of citizen-consumers like you.
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Our friendly Massachusetts-based Customer Service Team is standing by to help with questions, recommendations and orders.
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