For many years, the specialty coffee industry has drawn parallels to the wine industry. The most widely used comparison is in the way we describe the flavors we taste. Consumers are familiar with wine labels that boast specialty flavors like mango or plum, bright acidity, and a host of other flavors.
Our blog takes you behind the scenes of Equal Exchange and connects you to our network of farmer partners, customers, and allies around the world. We hope you'll use this space to stay informed and get involved in some big conversations. Also check out Small Farmers Big Change for a more in-depth look at issues faced by our farmer partners and the Fair Trade industry.
February 1, 2011Beth Ann Caspersen
January 25, 2011Jessica Jones-Hughes
What is a heart-healthy diet? A heart healthy diet is low in saturated and trans fats (mostly found in animal products), high in omega-3 fatty acids (ex: olive oil, fish), high in fiber, and low in salt and sugar. Do not forget healthy unsaturated fats (mostly found in plant based oils such as nuts), as these fats are very important to consume in moderation as part of a heart-healthy diet. To help you out, we created a fun Heart-Healthy, Small Farmer Breakfast-In-Bed menu.
November 15, 2010Ruthie Oland
If you love giving Equal Exchange's gourmet, food products as gifts, have you considered spreading the love by offering them to your community at your local holiday fair? Setting up shop at a holiday fair with Equal Exchange products is a fun way to get to know your community, promote ethical consumption, support small farmers and artisans, and earn money for your favorite organization. Keep any leftover items for your personal use or give them as gifts!
September 24, 2010Kelsie Evans
Lately it seems like camping has been the weekend activity of choice among Equal Exchangers, and many a Monday morning have brought stories of the perfect s'more made with our Chocolate Caramel Crunch with Sea Salt (55%).
The combination of sweet, salty and crunchy seems to work especially well when sandwiched between graham crackers and gooey, slightly burnt marshmallows. One Equal Exchanger, Capital Coordinator Dan Fireside, summed it up best, saying, "Equal Exchange s'mores were a s'mash hit."
September 21, 2010Jessica Jones-Hughes
I get more excited about drinking hot tea when I remember that each warming sip is packed with antioxidants. Unfortunately though, those delicate tea leaves are very sensitive to air and light. For example, after six months on the shelf, an average of 32 percent of the antioxidant content in green tea is lost.
August 5, 2010Jessica Jones-Hughes
A curious Equal Exchange tea lover recently inquired, "Is rooibos or green tea higher in antioxidants?" So, let's start from the beginning...
July 26, 2010Ashley Symons
Mike Mowry is a Coffee Quality Coordinator at Equal Exchange. It's his job to taste coffee.
June 8, 2010Ashley Symons
The Cooperative Fund of New England (CFNE) is a community development financial institution (CDFI) that is a bridge between socially responsible investors and co-operatives, community oriented non-profits, and worker-owned businesses in New England. Equal Exchange Food Service Sales Representative, LJ Taylor, is the former board president of CFNE.
March 23, 2010Jessica Jones-Hughes
A fellow Equal Exchange chocolate lover pointed out to me the surprisingly high amount of iron per serving, thus giving us an excuse to consume more. How does chocolate get so much iron and is it readily absorbable? -
February 2, 2010Jessica Jones-Hughes
Thinking of cooking a delicious, romantic meal for a loved one? Show them extra love by caring for their heart health with some tasty dishes using Equal Exchange's fairly traded products, for a meal that benefits your loved one and the farmers who grew the delicious ingredients. A heart healthy diet is low in saturated and trans fats (mostly found in animal products), high in omega-3 fatty acids, high in fiber, and low in salt and sugar.