Equal Exchange Coffee, Chocolate, Nuts, Fair Trade and More
Equal Exchange Coffee was founded in 1986 and has made some major changes in the industry since then. They are a worker owned co-op, based in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts and everyone has a vote in the workings of the company from the small farmers to the owners themselves decide the direction of this business.
Their founders had in mind a food operation that gives power to the small farmers and the consumers. These systems support the small farming cooperatives, and uses positive, productive farming models. They started with fairly traded coffee from Nicaragua and haven’t stopped moving forward since.
Equal Exchange, continues to improve on new and exciting, powerful ways to build a better food chain. They joined with co-operatives of farmers who provide high-quality organic coffees, teas, chocolates, bananas/produce and snacks from all over the world. And they invite you and I to join them. They say that together we can create stronger local communities, a more just food system and a healthier planet.
Please check out the “Fun Stuff” and the “Education” pages when you visit. There is great educational stuff for you and your family that teaches about Fair Trade and the lives it touches.
This was helpful and fun also, using their pairing wheel to help find perfect combination’s of Equal Exchange coffee with their chocolate or any of their other fantastic range of produces (and they have a great selection).
For us it is not always about the product and in this case they have an excellent variety of awesome products but the 3 visionaries that started Equal Exchange deserve applause and a little praise.
I love capitalism and all it up and downs but sometimes it does get a little skewed on one side and the little guys get the bad end of the deal. Equal exchange has developed a system to cut out all the middle men and work directly with the little farmers of these poorer nations and buy their products supporting the little guy and also decreasing the chance of contamination because of to many hands in the soup and get products to use faster and fresher.
Equal Exchange Coffee, is some of the finest coffees at great prices. Organic Mind, Body and Soul is $57.00 a 5 Lb bag or $9.97 for a 12 oz bag.
This is the only one I have gotten the pleasure of tasting so far and I thought it made an excellent cup of coffee. It was smooth almost creamy with nutty, chocolate taste. I put this in my Keurig Platinum B70 home brewing system and had a fresh mug of some of the best coffee everyday for awhile. I will be getting more of this in the future. As well as the dark chocolate and they have some awesome nuts. My favorite is the Tamari Roasted Organic Almonds. They are not very salty and have a hint of soy sauce. After further investigation I find out that Tamari is soy sauce based. What do you know? I didn’t.
Very pleased with everything we have tried from them and look forward to trying new items like the milk chocolate and fruits in the future. Great cause, great people and the Equal Exchange coffee along with all the other fair trade products are excellent.