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  • Equal Exchange
    July 7, 2016
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    Summer isn't over yet! Snap a photo of your favorite Equal Exchange drink, treat, or snack in the great outdoors and share it with us for a chance to win some Equal Exchange goodies. 

    Simply post your picture on Instagram (make sure you're public so we can see it) and tag it #EExcursions for your chance to win. One entry will be selected to win an Equal Exchange snack box filled with dried fruit, nuts, chocolate, and more. Post your photo by July 24, 2016 to be eligible to win.

  • Sara Fiore
    June 16, 2016
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  • Peter Buck
    June 6, 2016
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    Catholic Relief Services and Equal Exchange both collaborate with farmer partners to foster the development of their communities, combat the effects of climate change and counter the coffee rust plague and other diseases affecting coffee trees.
  • Sara Fiore
    May 25, 2016
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    Coffee is the secret ingredient of many productive workplaces, and having it available at the office is a perk for everyone. But if you're just getting started with a coffee setup, it can be hard to know what type of brewer is right for your office. Don't feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of options out there! Here, we'll break down the most common types of brewers so you can figure out what's right for the size and general habits of your office.
  • Small Farmers Big Change
    May 23, 2016

    The following post was written by Daniel Fireside, Equal Exchange Capital Coordinator
    What do interest rates have to do with the price of coffee? Why do we care and who decides these things anyway?
    As many of you know, coffee is a commodity and as such, is traded on the stock market.  The Fair Trade system broke from the New York “C” market and set up its own, higher prices. Direct relationships allow producers to negotiate contract prices with their buyers.

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    May 17, 2016

    “I Support Fair Trade,” says the banner.  World Fair Trade Day isn’t just celebrated here in the North.  All over the world, small farmer organizations also celebrate World Fair Trade Day at fairs, festivals, and other events.  Last Friday, Brenda Ceren, of Aprainores and Eduardo Murcia, Treasurer of Aprainores’ Board of Directors joined small farmer coffee farmers at a Fair in San Salvador, sponsored by Fairtrade International and the Latin American Coordinating Body of Fair Trade Producers.

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    May 17, 2016

    Call for Solidarity with the small farmers’ organization, NORANDINO
    (Piura, Peru)
    Last March 23, NORANDINO was decertified abruptly by the fair trade certification body FLO-Cert.
    NORANDINO is member of FUNDEPPO, Foundation of Organized Small Producers; the organization behind the SPP (Small Producers’ Symbol).
    NORANDINO, formerly known as CEPICAFÉ, is an organization with a history of twenty years as a pioneering and exemplary organization of small fair trade producers in the area of Piura, Peru.

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    May 11, 2016

    I’m on my way to El Salvador and Honduras to visit our cashew co-op partners. Sadly, we got word last week that “unseasonable” rains and winds have destroyed 75% of this year’s cashew crop and the co-op in Salvador (Aprainores) has had to shut down their processing plant after just two weeks; laying off the 60 or so women whose income depends on the plant. Instead of the 60,000 or so pounds of cashews that Aprainores was planning to export this year, they will export nothing.
    Very sad indeed.

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