Tue, Nov 18, 2014 - 2:41pm

Cooperation in Quality 2014: Chiapas

Beth Ann Caspersen
November 18, 2014
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In 2004, we launched a training program called Cooperation in Quality as a means to empower coffee cuppers within the cooperative supply chain with the knowledge necessary to produce specialty coffee. That first year we invited six cuppers from Nicaragua to Equal Exchange for a week of roasting and cupping coffee as a way to share information about how specialty coffees are selected and graded.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 - 12:19pm

Cashews: From Tree to Nut

Small Farmers, Big Change
November 7, 2014

Have you ever wondered where cashew nuts come from?  What do they look like when growing on the tree and how are they processed?
Now you can stop wondering!  In this delightful, 3-minute video produced by Emily Buehler at the Weaver Street Market, in Carrboro, North Carolina from a powerpoint presentation we delivered to their staff in August, you can see each step in the process from tree to ready-to-eat nut.  The photos were taken at the Aprainores Cashew Co-op in San Vicente, El Salvador by Julia Hechtman.  (And a few by Mark DiMaggio and me).

Sun, Nov 2, 2014 - 12:19pm

Buyer Beware: What are you supporting when you purchase Fair Trade Tea sourced from PLANTATIONS?

Small Farmers, Big Change
November 2, 2014

Consumers buy fair trade products because they think they are supporting positive social change with their dollars. We firmly believe that this is the case with many Fair Trade products, at least those which are sourced from small farmer co-operatives. (Such as all Equal Exchange coffee, tea, chocolate, bananas, avocados, olive oil, cashews, dried fruit, and other products.)

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