This Mother’s Day, we want to acknowledge the mothers in farming communities that are contributing to their families’ coffee, cacao or tea production, while also running their households – cooking, cleaning, and tending to the children, animals, and gardens. It’s a lot of work, and often requires getting up as early as 4 a.m. and being the last to go to sleep. Supporting fairly traded products from small farmer co-ops supports the women in these communities.
Ashley SymonsMay 5, 2011
Kelsie EvansApril 7, 2011Categories:
Many of our customers have used Equal exchange Organic Dark Chocolate Minis as a way to provide guests with wedding favors that taste great and support small farmers at the same time. The DIY wedding trend makes it easy to find inspiration and materials online for making our chocolate minis your own. We have a few suggestions for how to do just that.
Beth Ann CaspersenMarch 30, 2011Categories:
Over the last few years I have written about shifting gender roles in the coffee industry; how women are moving into different positions of power and influence within their own communities and co-operatives. The change is slow, but I believe this systemic change begins with individual women and the opportunities that are available to them.
Jessica Jones-HughesMarch 21, 2011
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.
Beth Ann CaspersenFebruary 1, 2011Categories:
For many years, the specialty coffee industry has drawn parallels to the wine industry. The most widely used comparison is in the way we describe the flavors we taste. Consumers are familiar with wine labels that boast specialty flavors like mango or plum, bright acidity, and a host of other flavors.
Jessica Jones-HughesJanuary 25, 2011
What is a heart-healthy diet? A heart healthy diet is low in saturated and trans fats (mostly found in animal products), high in omega-3 fatty acids (ex: olive oil, fish), high in fiber, and low in salt and sugar. Do not forget healthy unsaturated fats (mostly found in plant based oils such as nuts), as these fats are very important to consume in moderation as part of a heart-healthy diet. To help you out, we created a fun Heart-Healthy, Small Farmer Breakfast-In-Bed menu.
Ruthie OlandNovember 15, 2010Categories:
If you love giving Equal Exchange's gourmet, food products as gifts, have you considered spreading the love by offering them to your community at your local holiday fair? Setting up shop at a holiday fair with Equal Exchange products is a fun way to get to know your community, promote ethical consumption, support small farmers and artisans, and earn money for your favorite organization. Keep any leftover items for your personal use or give them as gifts!
Kelsie EvansSeptember 24, 2010Categories:
Lately it seems like camping has been the weekend activity of choice among Equal Exchangers, and many a Monday morning have brought stories of the perfect s'more made with our Chocolate Caramel Crunch with Sea Salt (55%).
Jessica Jones-HughesSeptember 21, 2010
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. For example, after six months on the shelf, an average of 32 percent of the antioxidant content in green tea is lost.
Jessica Jones-HughesAugust 5, 2010
A curious Equal Exchange tea lover recently inquired, "Is rooibos or green tea higher in antioxidants?" So, let's start from the beginning...