This year we asked our director of purchasing and production, Todd Caspersen, to conduct a critical analysis of how we think our coffee farmer cooperatives are faring. His assessment is sobering. We have decided to share it in this space, unsparing and unfiltered, believing that this level of analysis will make all of us more informed and enable us to critically assess where in the years to come we can collectively make the most progress in building supply chains that truly work for small scale coffee farmers, Equal Exchange and our customers.
Building a Vibrant Community
We are taking a powerful step in building a democratic brand that connects small farmers in the South to citizen-consumers in the North, and we need your support.
From the Blog
March 5, 2018
There are many tangible pieces to the Equal Exchange model. Organic. Fair Trade. Small Farmers. Cooperatives. While these are all important elements of our holistic approach toward trade, the small farmer piece is critical. First and foremost, the Equal Exchange mission is to give small farmers a place in the global marketplace. This is exactly why our tagline reads Small Farmers. Big Change.Frankie Pondolph
February 20, 2018
As consumers, as people, we are pretty disconnected from most of our products. We may believe a label brings us closer to the real story, but at the end of the day, labels don’t tell stories, people do. Last week, on an Action Forum webinar with Pushpika Freitas of Marketplace: Handwork of India, I was pretty floored. I felt proud to have her as an ally in this work and was moved, not only by how she told the story of Marketplace, but by how she truly honored the stories of the women she worked with. Marketplace is a nonprofit Alternative Trade and Development Organization that grew out of a small-scale venture in 1980 to help three low-income women in Mumbai, India.Danielle Robidoux
Organic Sisters' Blend
Honoring women coffee farmers who are active in their cooperatives, and women across the U.S. who advocate for small farmers.
Extreme Dark Chocolate
Are you a serious dark chocolate lover? With a high flavor impact that melts into a rich fudge taste, this 88% cacao bar may be the perfect one for you.
Organic Green Tea
A delicate green tea to start your day or brighten your afternoon.