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Church of the Brethren Coffee Project

Started in 2002, the Church of the Brethren Coffee Project is a collaboration between Equal Exchange and the Church of the Brethren to involve more Brethren communities and individuals in supporting small farmers around the world.

Equal Exchange is a Fair Trade organization that buys directly from small-scale farmer cooperatives, owned and run by the farmers themselves. Because farmers are paid above market prices for their crops, they are able to make investments in community projects, educational programs, and technical trainings. These cooperative organizations also help keep rural communities healthy and strong, and keep local cultures vibrant. Equal Exchange is also committed to supporting sustainable farming methods that help green the earth through reforestation, natural resource conservation and organic practices.

Through the Church of the Brethren Coffee Project, you get access to Organic, fairly-traded products at discounted wholesale case prices, ensuring that more of the money you spend on coffee, tea, chocolate and other products reaches the hardworking farmers who actually grow them.

How to Use Fairly TradedCoffee, Tea & Chocolate

The Church of the Brethren works with Equal Exchange to bring you high-quality coffee, tea and cocoa products — always paying farmers fairly. You can order over the phone, or by making an account for your church on our web store. Make sure to select your "Brethren" from the "Coffee Project" drop down menu during registration — each purchase you make earns credit for the Church of the Brethren. There are many ways to share these delicious products at church and in your community.

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Serve fairly traded coffee after worship services, or
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There are other ways to get involved! Start a Buying Club to save money by sharing full cases of coffee, tea and chocolate. Sell Organic and ethically-sourced products at your local Farmer's Market. Or join us on a Delegation to visit coffee farmers.

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Meet the Church of the Brethren

The central emphasis of the Church of the Brethren is a commitment to follow Christ in simple obedience, to be faithful disciples in the modern world. As do most other Christians, the Brethren believe in God as Creator and loving Sustainer. They emphasize the principles of peace and reconciliation, simple living, integrity of speech, family values, and service to neighbors near and far.

As part of the Church of the Brethren Coffee Project, the Small Farmer Fund is one way that the Equal Exchange and Brethren congregations work together to support small farmer projects in coffee growing regions around the world.

For each pound of fairly traded coffee, chocolate, tea, and fair foods participating Brethren purchase through the Project, $0.20 cents per pound goes to the Church of the Brethren Small Farmer Fund, which is applied to the Global Food Initiative. The Fund amounted to $821.91 in 2019.The Global Food Initiative (GFI) is the primary way that the Church of the Brethren assists hungry people in developing food security. Since 1983, GFI has raised over $8,000,000 for community development projects in numerous countries around the globe. GFI seeks to: invest in small-scale economic development; join efforts to improve diet and health practices; champion soil conservation; and promote awareness-raising and advocacy on hunger issues. Visit for more information on these projects.

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