Specialty coffee slingers of Boston are coming together this spring for a second round of Disloyal Boston, a shared disloyalty card program. The card is based on customer loyalty cards used by businesses to reward repeat customers.
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April 2, 2013Equal Exchange
April 2, 2013Ashley Symons
Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday, May 12. Yes, flowers are lovely, but if you're looking for something a little more unique, we've got some fairly traded gifts that will be a hit with Mom and also support women farmers and artisans around the world. Here are some of my favorite choices for Mom.
April 1, 2013Tom Hanlon-Wilde
This July, exactly 10 years after taking a group of food co-op and natural foods store customers to visit with coffee farmers in the village of Coyona in Peru, our same group will return to to see first-hand the impact of Fair Trade.
March 29, 2013Cindy Mowry
We are super excited to have the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) host its annual event in our backyard at the Boston Convention Center April 11-14, 2013. Many of us at Equal Exchange will be attending SCAA-related events throughout the week, and we’ll also be hosting a few events of our own.
December 6, 2012Beth Ann Caspersen
I was nervous about my trip to the D.R. Congo. A war has raged there on and off for decades, and heightened violence and political unrest in 2012 has left more than 500,000 people internally displaced. There was a brief lull in the violence during the month of October, so I took the opportunity to go visit our producer partners at SOPACDI and then make the journey across Lake Kivu to visit the Panzi Hospital.
June 4, 2012Beth Ann Caspersen
Equal Exchange Quality Manager Beth Ann Caspersen took a coffee "Q Course" at the Coffee Quality Institute, then went through a two-year apprenticeship to become a Q Instructor so that she can teach the Q Course herself. She's one of 31 certified Q Instructors in the world.
April 3, 2012Mike Mowry
In February I spent a week traveling around Ethiopia with representatives from other coffee companies as part of a Cupping Caravan. In two 15 passenger vans, top loaded with gas ranges, propane, and 5 gallon bottles of water, we spent the first few days cupping—the industry term for analyzing coffee—at various ECX field labs. ECX stands for the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, which is the government agency responsible for grading all commodities produced in Ethiopia.
February 12, 2012Mike Mowry
Mike Mowry, Coffee Quality Coordinator, and Beth Ann Caspersen, Quality Control Manager, are in Ethiopia for two weeks. Here Mike talks week one and gives us an overview of what's still to come for the two travelers.
October 13, 2011Beth Ann Caspersen
I often think about how we are changing the world through trade - with relationships and the belief that everyone has rights, no matter where they are from. It's easy to get overwhelmed by the complex issues spanning the globe, from myriad protests to governmental conflicts to human right abuses. Look at a place like the Democratic Republic of Congo - a war-torn country in Central Africa with a devastated economy and massive sexual violence against women and girls of all ages. Did you know that the D.R. Congo has been called one of the worst places on earth to be a woman?
July 6, 2011Tom Hanlon-Wilde
Lost in Peru for Ten Years