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

  • 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.

  • 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.


From the Blog

  • October 23, 2013·
    Ashley Cheuk

    From well-loved products to brand new ones, we’ve got plenty of gift options that will be sure to put smiles on the faces of your friends and family this holiday season. And, you can feel good knowing your gift choices support small-scale farmers and their communities.

    #chocolate #coffee #fair foods #gift ideas #tea
  • October 6, 2015·
    Equal Exchange

    At Equal Exchange, we believe that “Fair Trade” means “small farmer,” and our relationships with tea growers reflect that. Our tea comes from democratically organized small farmer groups, not plantations or estates.

    #co-ops #fair trade #tea
  • July 25, 2016·
    Equal Exchange

    By Alexis Powell, Social Media Marketing Intern

    #coffee #recipes #tea
  • September 21, 2010·
    Jessica 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.