Mon, Feb 2, 2015 - 1:13pm

Gender Equity Workshop: Nicaragua, Part II

Beth Ann Caspersen
February 2, 2015

Equal Exchange is proudly supporting the Coffee Quality Institute’s Gender Equity program as a Sustaining Partner. Equal Exchange Coffee Quality Manager Beth Ann Caspersen participated in the second of four international workshops in Palacaguina, Nicaragua in January. This is the second of two blog posts about the experience.

Fri, Jan 30, 2015 - 5:35am

Join Us in Transforming the (Avocado) Industry

Small Farmers, Big Change
January 30, 2015

This is the final post in a three-part series. If you missed the first parts, you can read part 1 here and part 2 here.
For the past few days, we’ve been sharing how Equal Exchange‘s work as a fair trade avocado importer reflects our vision for transforming the way Mexican produce is grown and exported to the United States.
Today, we want to outline what we think needs to happen to make this transformative model a truly sustainable model for each stakeholder in our supply chain.

Wed, Jan 28, 2015 - 3:03pm

Breaking the Crust

Bethany Karbowski
January 28, 2015

"Breaking the crust" is a term used in coffee cupping to describe the action of using a spoon to release the true aroma and quality of coffee that has been steeping in a glass beneath a layer of frothy grounds. Reflecting back on my experience with an Equal Exchange/Presbyterian Hunger Program delegation trip to a coffee co-op in Nicaragua in early January, “breaking the crust” was exactly what the journey felt like for me. It was my first "real" travel away from my insulated life in the United States and I had the unique opportunity to reveal something that was authentic and powerful regarding the human connection between the work that I do every day at Equal Exchange and the farmers who are growing and harvesting the coffee we sell.

Wed, Jan 28, 2015 - 2:02pm

A Transformative Model in Action

Small Farmers, Big Change
January 28, 2015

This is the second post in a three-part series. If you missed the first part, you can read it here.
On Friday, we introduced you to Equal Exchange’s vision for transforming the way Mexican produce is grown and exported to the United States. Today, we’re going to dive deeper into our ideas for a more just and sustainable food system by talking about our experience importing avocados from Mexico.

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