Our Fair Trade and organic teas come from our small farmer partners in India, Sri Lanka and South Africa. Most teas on the shelf - even Fair Trade teas - come from plantations, where tea workers have little say. Join us in supporting a tea model in which farmers control their futures.

Farmer Partners

  • In 1998 against all odds, Wupperthal Original Rooibos Cooperative was established. Wupperthal is a democratically organized group of small-scale farmers who have grown Rooibos in South Africa for generations.

  • The members of the Small Farmer’s Tea Project (SFTP) in Kerala, India are predominantly marginalized small producers and members of tribal groups who have suffered from social and economic injustice for generations. The goal of the SFTP is to bring its members economic growth and control.

  • Equal Exchange has worked with Tea Promoters of India (TPI) since 1998. TPI has been a pioneer in bringing environmental and social reform to the tea industry. TPI is a Darjeeling-based family operation that manages six organic, Fair Trade tea gardens.


Our Products

  • Our organic black teas are classic, bold blends you know and love. They are delicious brewed as-is, or with cream and sugar. 

  • With known health benefits and natural caffeine, our organic green teas are a great choice to start your day or liven your afternoon.

  • Our selection of organic herbal teas are naturally decaffeinated, making them the perfect choice for when you want a calming, soothing drink. 

  • Brewing Tips

    Heat the water based on the type of tea you are drinking. Generally, water for black and herbal teas should be boiling (212F) and water for green teas should be cooler (170-180F). Steeping time varies based on the tea and your taste, but 2 to 5 minutes should be the range for green and black tea bagged teas. Look on your box or envelope of Equal Exchange tea for more specific brewing instructions.


  • Key Ingredients
    • Equal Exchange Organic Peppermint Tea
    #Dessert #Gluten free #Soy free #Vegan #Vegetarian
  • Key Ingredients
    • Equal Exchange Organic Mint Green Tea 
    #Gluten free #Soy free #Vegan #Vegetarian

From the Blog

  • January 2, 2014·
    Small Farmers, Big Change

    Part Two: Here in South India, we can report there have been positive changes in the last few years in the effort by Peeramade Development Society (PDS) and Tea Promoters of India (TPI) to empower small tea farmers.  Peeramade Development Society is a Catholic church of India based NGO that has a variety of projects to support the rural poor.  Tea Promoters of India is a unique family-owned tea operation that has a foundational commitment to authentic fair trade and to small tea producers.

    #fair trade #tea
  • December 11, 2012·
    Jessica Jones-Hughes

    Equal Exchange fairly traded teas are grown by small-scale farming communities around the world. These farmers practice sustainable agriculture, which means no nasty pesticides. This improves soil and water quality, and the farmers' overall health. Drinking organic tea, and particularly green tea, can have many health benefits for you and your family. Let's take a closer look at the health benefits of green tea.

  • January 11, 2016·
    Sara Fiore

    At the end of every year, we reflect on the accomplishments, challenges, developments and memorable moments that have helped us grow.

    #chocolate #co-ops #coffee #fair trade
  • March 21, 2011·
    Jessica Jones-Hughes

    The first recorded cup of tea was sipped in China more than 4,000 years ago. Since that time tea consumption has become a worldwide trend, for its taste and health properties. In fact, next to water it is the most consumed beverage in the world! Tea leaves come from the Camellia sinensis plant, grown at high altitudes, mostly in China, Japan, India and Africa.