Equal Exchange

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Equal Exchange has worked to make trade fair for small farmers for over 25 years. It all started with an idea: what if food could be traded in a way that is honest and fair, a way that empowers both farmers and consumers? What if trade supported family farms that use organic methods, rather than industrialized agribusinesses that rely on harmful chemicals?

Our founders – Rink Dickinson, Jonathan Rosenthal and Michael Rozyne – asked these questions as they envisioned a trade model that values the farmers, consumers and the earth. So they took a big risk and plunged full-force into changing a broken food system. In 1986, they started with fairly traded coffee from Nicaragua and didn’t look back.

Today, Equal Exchange continues to find new and powerful ways to build a better, more just food system. Our products now include fairly traded and organic coffee, tea, chocolate, bananas and olive oil from small farmers all over the world.

Our worker-owned co-op is based in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Because Equal Exchange was founded with democratic principles in mind, we strongly believe in a one-person, one-vote workplace without a corporate hierarchy. Likewise, we partner with co-operatives of small-scale farmers who make their own decisions on business and community matters.

From the farmers’ co-ops to our co-op, we’re providing the best-tasting foods – while also making Big Changes to the way food ends up on your table. Shop for Equal Exchange fairly traded products now.

Please try the following recipes:

Mint Chocolate Filled Cupcakes
Tea-licious Latte
Delightful Date Cookies
Earl Grey Tea Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Chunk Flap Jacks

Blogger Reviews

Mike of Daily Shot of Coffee discovered a creamy chocolate taste and hints of vanilla and spices” in the Congo Coffee Project By Equal Exchange. It was the kind of taste that made him want to “keep going back for more.” Click here to read more.

Mikki of The Not So Perfect Housewife was thrilled to have the chance to try Equal Exchange’s coffee that’s promoting the Congo Coffee Project, and said “the coffee is smooth and has a nice blend of tastes, which come from the African whole beans.” Click to read more.

Lori of Fake Food Free recommends the Equal Exchange Congo Coffee and “enjoyed every sip” of the smooth and balanced coffee for a good cause. Read more of her review here.

Emily of Sugar Plum got a package of Equal Exchange Congo Coffee and couldn’t get enough of those beans that smell so good! Click here her post.

Inger of Art of Natural Living is “happy to say that [coffee] is near and dear to my taste buds can now be near and dear to my conscience” thanks to the Equal Exchange Congo Coffee Project. Click here to read more.

Milkshake a blog focused on “finding the good in everything,” gave Equal Exchange’s Congo Coffee a shout out on their site. Click here to see!

Marla of Saving U Green loved the nutty aroma of the coffee bean and found the smooth taste very satisfying in the morning. She’s also a fan of the Congo Coffee Project. Click here to read the rest of her review.

Marlow of Gluten Hates Me thought Congo Coffee was delicious and suggests the coffee for a cause would make a good holiday gift. Click here to read more.

Ellen of Confessions of an Overworked Mom enjoyed the smooth taste of the Congo Coffee, noting chocolate and spices in the brew. Read more here.

For the Love of Food!Nooshin of For the Love of Food! fully supports the cause and loved the coffee saying “This blend was able to remain bold without that bitter taste- it was smooth and rich and was able to hold its own without any cream or sugar added.” Read more here.


Annette of Have a Happy Green Day had mixed reviews about Equal Exchange. “I would certainly drink it again, but not sure that I would buy that particular roast.” Click here to read her complete review.

Mikki of The Not So Perfect Housewife loved Equal Exchange’s coffee. “I was sent two packages of coffee– which are VERY cool looking. I quickly busted open the Organic Mind, Body & Soul pack – it has ‘notes of chocolate’ in it.. so of COURSE I would open that one first. SMOOTH and Yummylicious!” Click here to read her complete review.

Dianna of Free Sample Momma Blogs is a self proclaimed “coffee addict” and was thrilled with Equal Exchange Coffee. “It was smooth and flavorful and didn’t leave a bitter aftertaste on the tongue like some coffee’s do.” Click here to read her complete review.

Heather of Heather Eats Almond Butter thought Equal Exchange was so good, she had to share. “I can tell a difference when I drink the Equal Exchange stuff instead of our usual brand. It’s stronger with a bolder flavor. If you’re a coffee fan, I think you’ll love it.” Click here to read her complete review.

Mike of Daily Shot of Coffee reported his flavor findings on Equal Exchanges Organic French Roast. “I picked up on some hints of what smelled like butter, seasoning salt and candy canes. Sounds like kind of a weird mix I know, but it mixed well with the dark roast aroma.” Click here to read his complete review.

Margie of My Springfield Mommy enjoyed Equal Exchange Coffee. “I found it smooth, delicious and comforting.” Click here to read her complete review.

Cristi of The King’s Court IV and her husband enjoyed their Equal Exchange Coffee experience. “My husband is a straight shot coffee drinker—no sugar, cream, nothing! He really could tell and appreciate the difference between the coffee we usually drink and this. It had a much better, flavorful and stronger taste!” Click here to read her complete review.

Nick of Coffee Detective “really enjoyed this coffee and would recommend it to anyone who loves both the range of flavors found in a medium roast, and the bite and strength you get from a darker roast!” Click here to read his complete review.

Gail of Shrinking Sisters thought Equal Exchange Coffee was “just lovely. Love Buzz is a rich, chocolatey dark blend, and the French Roast is smoky and sweet and not at all bitter like some French roasts can be. Both blends send out an incredible coffee aroma as they brew.” Click here to read her complete review.

Monica of Girly Girl Giveaways said Equal Exchange was “a little strong for more liking, this stuff has a kick, but then again I am not the coffee expert.” Click here to read her complete review.

Marla of Saving U Green said “I like to start my mornings with a few cups (yes a few) of Equal Exchange Organic French Roast . The flavor is robust, its a dark roast and is full bodied. It’s the most heavenly flavored, and perks me up bright and early to get my day started right.” Click here to read her complete review.

Jody of Truth2BeingFit thinks “the French Roast is full bodied & smooth and the Love Buzz is smooth & delicious as well. Really like that it is Fair Trade, Organic & a decent price for coffee these days!” Click here to read her complete review.

Celia of On Cardamom and Cast Iron says “take everything from a romantic after-dinner treat, put it into coffee, and you have Love Buzz. I will be purchasing this one when I run out of my current stash of beans.” Click here to read her complete review.

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