Tags: co-ops

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    October 6, 2013

    Ten years ago, Equal Exchange brought a group of food co-op and natural food store representatives to visit CEPICAFE, one of our small farmer coffee co-op partners in northern Peru.  We stayed four days and nights living and working along side the coffee farmers, “helping” them with the harvest.  One of my most fond memories was during lunch following that first full morning (ie 4 hours) picking coffee. We had had a lot of fun, laughing, singing, and telling jokes with the farmers, while they tried to teach us their techniques.  But truth be told, the work is back-breaking, the hike to the farms was exhausting, and the sun was hot.

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    October 6, 2013

    Reblogged from Somos Estrellas - 31 ways you can support co-ops throughout the month of October.

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    October 1, 2013

    Fair Trade, like coffee, is complex, rich and fascinating. This month, we are making available a new educational resource, The History of Authentic Fair Trade.  In comic book format, we present a version of Fair Trade that is shared by many Equal Exchange colleagues, allies, and partners. 

  • Carly Kadlec
    July 8, 2013
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    My name is Carly Kadlec and I have been with Equal Exchange for just over two months. I am a Green Coffee Buyer. I just returned from my first big trip to visit coffee farmers in Peru and Bolivia. A big part of my job is this sort of “origin trip” to visit farmers and see how their harvest is going, discuss our quality standards with them, go over the previous year’s contracts with the co-operatives, and discuss the greater world of coffee face-to-face with farmers.

  • Ashley Cheuk
    June 20, 2013

    We're proud to introduce our new line of nuts and dried fruit! Sourced from around the world, this new line of products provides an alternative to conventional snacking.

  • Beth Ann Caspersen
    June 19, 2013

    Over the years we have worked with cuppers from around the world as a tool to find and secure delicious coffee. We wondered, how can we better connect baristas and coffee shop owners, the folks who sell and represent the delicious coffee we work so hard to lay hands on, with coffee cuppers, the people that work so hard to get us these tasty little beans? The result: Cooperation in Quality 2013.

  • Tom Hanlon-Wilde
    April 1, 2013
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    This July, exactly 10 years after taking a group of food co-op and natural foods store customers to visit with coffee farmers in the village of Coyona in Peru, our same group will return to to see first-hand the impact of Fair Trade.

  • Equal Exchange
    March 11, 2013
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    Equal Exchange is honored to be featured on the cover of the latest issue of Yes! Magazine. The entire issue features stories about how co-operatives present a proven alternative to the conventional economy.

  • Jessica Jones-Hughes
    March 6, 2013

    March is Equal Exchange Bananas Month! We are proud to be able to share our successes and challenges with you during March. Here are a few accomplishments.

  • Jessica Jones-Hughes
    February 6, 2012

    You may have heard about food co-op general managers, employees, church members, or Equal Exchange staff making the trek down to the places where coffee, tea and cocoa are grown. In October of 2011, Equal Exchange took our first delegation to see a very different product: bananas!

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