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  • Ashley Cheuk
    February 5, 2009
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    San Fernando Co-op is very young but has a lot of members - around 400. I was one of the first members in 2001. I've always been loyal to my co-op. It has grown little by little. What I like most is the organization. Before we were selling organic, but now the price is raised because it is Fair Trade. [People in the U.S.] should appreciate our coffee and that's important for us because we feel proud.

  • Ashley Cheuk
    February 5, 2009
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    During the five days I stayed in San Fernando, a coffee-farming community remotely located 6,000 feet up in the Andes Mountains of Peru, I only started to understand the complexities of rural life for the farmers and their families. Because of my academic background in gender studies, I was particularly interested in the breakdown of gender roles in San Fernando.

  • Beth Ann Caspersen
    December 2, 2008
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    Everyone is born with the ability to be a specialty products taster. In fact, we have thousands of taste buds in our mouths, but most of us are just learning how to describe the sensations we experience with everything we eat. The key is to relax, take a deep breath and enjoy the tasting!

  • Beth Ann Caspersen
    December 2, 2008
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    Chocolate and coffee offer a variety of flavors that are nurtured through the cultivation and processing of the finished products that you enjoy every day. Both products are incredibly complex in flavor independently, but can also provide us with delicious flavor combinations when paired together. Enjoy a few of our pairing selections by yourself - or invite a few of your friends over for a pairing event!

  • Equal Exchange
    August 21, 2008
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    Agroecology. Food sovereignty. Food systems. This might not be everyday vocabulary, but these concepts relate to some very basic questions regarding our everyday food choices: Where does food come from? Who owns it? How is it produced? What affect does food production have on the earth? Here's a quick run-down of what these terms mean:

  • Ashley Cheuk
    August 6, 2008
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    It's a question Dr. Phil Howard, an assistant professor at Michigan State University, has spent a lot of time trying to answer. Howard's research focuses on the food system, the changes occurring within that system, and how those changes affect communities.

  • Equal Exchange
    May 30, 2008
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    Iced coffee is tricky business. Making a refreshing summer coffee drink might sound easy, but it actually requires some technique. For best results, you can't just brew your coffee, pour it over ice and kazaam! Iced coffee is made! So, what is the best way to make iced coffee?

  • Ashley Cheuk
    March 20, 2008
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    Eulalia Palomino made a choice early in her life not to follow in her mother's footsteps. "I had a father who drank a lot and mistreated my mother. I said I wasn't going to be like her," Palomino said. "So, I decided to work for women in rural areas - women who are very put down."

  • Equal Exchange
    February 6, 2008
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    "Cacao" is the bean that comes from the cacao tree, which is known by the scientific name of Theobroma cacao. Cacao pods - large football-shaped fruits - grow off the trunk and limbs of the cacao tree, and cacao beans are found inside the pods. The beans are harvested, fermented and dried. They are then cleaned and roasted, after which point the products are often referred to as "cocoa." In other words, "cocoa" is what the bean is called after it has been processed.

  • Equal Exchange
    February 5, 2008
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    We'll walk you through how to smell and taste your chocolate like a pro.

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