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In addition to coffee, you can now purchase fair-trade tea, gifts, clothes,
housewares, crafts, and more. The resource listings here will help you
make your own fair-trade partnerships.
About Equal Exchange
Café Alta Gracia
758 Sheep Farm Road, Weybridge, VT 05753
The coffee cooperative founded by Julia Alvarez and Bill Eichner to bring
a specialty coffee directly from the farm in the Dominican Republic to
the retail market in the United States. The mission is to spread grace
through sustainability--environmental, social, economic, and educational.
1612 K Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20006
Telephone: (800) 58-GREEN (584-7336)
Co-op America educates the public about the social and environmental consequences
of purchases and investments. Their publications and online services help
concerned consumers and organizations locate socially responsible companies
and investment options. Check Co-op America's "Green Pages"
business directory for sources of fairly traded and organic goods.
The Fair Trade Federation
PO Box 698, Kirksville, MO 63501
Telephone: (660) 665-8962
The FTF is the national trade association of importers, wholesalers, and
retailers involved in fair trade with artisans and farmers around the
2017 Mission Street #303, San Francisco, CA 94110
Telephone: (415) 558-9486 x245
Global Exchange works to increase awareness of fair-trade issues and to
translate that awareness into consumer activism in the marketplace.
26 West Street, Boston, MA 02111
Telephone: (617) 728-2437
Since 1970, Oxfam America has worked to create lasting solutions to hunger,
poverty, and social injustice around the world. Inquire about their fair-trade
Seattle Audubon Society
8050 35th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Telephone: (206) 523-8243 x13
This local chapter of the Audubon Society coordinates the Northwest Shade
Coffee Campaign to create awareness about the connection between coffee-growing
practices and threatened populations of neotropical songbirds.
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
3000 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
Telephone: (202) 673-4908
This center at the Smithsonian Museum is a renowned source of information
about research, educational programs, and publications concerning migratory
birds. Visit their Web site to learn more about shade coffee-production
The Songbird Foundation
2021 Third Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Telephone/fax: (206) 374-3674
Email: [email protected]
Your coffee makes a world of difference. By drinking sustainable coffees--shade
grown, organic and fairly traded--you help preserve songbird habitat,
save the rainforest, provide livable wages to farmers, and much more.
Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA)
One World Trade Center, Suite 1200, Long Beach, CA 90831-1200
Telephone: (562) 624-4100
The authority on specialty coffee. The mission includes promoting excellence
and sustainability through sensitivity to the environment and consciousness
of social issues.
52 Ninth Street, Oakland, CA 94607
Telephone: (510) 663-5260
TransFair USA is the certification organization for fair-trade food products
in the United States, part of an international network of certifiers.
You can get a list from them of retailers in your area that sell fair-trade
Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS)
27023 Church Hill Rd., Woodstock, VT 05091
Telephone: (802) 457-2779
A nonprofit organization devoted to environmental education and research.
A center for the study of migratory songbirds, their projects include
tracking the Bicknell's thrush from its summer habitat in the Green Mountains
of Vermont to its winter home in the "Dominican Alps."
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2177, rue Masson, Bureau 317, Montreal, Quebec H2H 1B1 Canada
Telephone: (514) 522-2000
Equiterre is a Canadian nonprofit organization actively promoting certified
fair-trade coffee in Quebec and other regions of Canada.
323 Chapel Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7Z2 Canada
Telephone: (613) 563-3351
TransFair Canada is the Canadian counterpart of TransFair USA. They can
provide a list of retailers in your area that sell fair-trade coffee.
This fair-trade primer has been prepared by Jonathan
Rosenthal, co-founder (retired) of Equal Exchange.
251 Revere Street, Canton, MA 02021 USA
Telephone: (781) 830-0303
Equal Exchange, a worker cooperative, was the first fair-trade coffee
company in the United States and offers a full range of certified organic
coffees and teas from small farmers' co-ops to caring people throughout
North America. One hundred percent of Equal Exchange coffee is fairly
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Building a new business model, One bean at a time
Close your eyes and picture of a new kind of business--a co-operative
controlled by the people who do the work; a profitable business that chases
dreams; a social change organization that maintains a profitable bottom
line; a community of dedicated learners that holds honesty, mutual aid
and respect as an integral part of that bottom line.
That's the dream that three idealistic young entrepreneurs created 15
years ago and called Equal Exchange. Since 1986, this new approach to
business has turned dreams into reality for thousands of farmers and hundreds
of thousands of coffee and tea drinkers across the United States and Canada.
Today, the more than 40 workers of Equal Exchange are continuing to realize
the dream by building honest partnerships--based on fair trade standards,
efficient business practices and cooperative principles--between farmers
The success of Equal Exchange and the fair trade movement has inspired
commercial coffee companies to adopt this new model of business for small
portions of their own coffee and tea businesses. We applaud these actions
and invite our coffee and tea colleagues to join us in the one hundred
The worker owners of Equal Exchange proudly offer caring people like you
a full range of delicious one hundred percent fairly traded gourmet coffee
and tea direct from small-scale farmer co-ops in Latin America, Africa
We invite you to join us as we work together to bring you a more satisfying
Since importing our first coffee in 1986, we have expanded our work to
include 17 trading partners in 10 countries in Latin America, Africa and
Asia and are now the largest fair trade certified coffee company in North
We purchase 100% of our coffees using internationally recognized fair
trade standards that commit Equal Exchange to:
- Pay a Fair Price. A fair price includes a guaranteed minimum price
regardless of how low the commodity market falls. This ensures farmers
a living wage even when coffee market prices are too low to maintain
acceptable living standards.
- Work with Democratically Run Cooperatives. Equal Exchange's partners
are small farmer co-ops that are governed by the farmers themselves.
They are dedicated to the equitable distribution of income and the provision
of other services, such as healthcare and education.
- Buy Direct. Buying directly means that the benefits and profits from
trade actually reach the farmers and their communities, not the middlemen
with whom they are otherwise forced to work.
- Provide Advance Credit. Equal Exchange makes vital credit available
to the farmers. Traditionally, this credit was either unavailable or
only offered at exorbitant interest rates that kept farmers trapped
- Encourage Ecologically Sustainable Farming Practices. Sustainable
farming helps build a long-term economic base for farmers while protecting
their communities, the environment and consumers from dangerous chemicals.
These principles provide a framework that gives farmers
more control and ensures that the economic benefits of the coffee trade
reach the people who actually grow the beans, helping them to build a
better future for themselves.
To find out more about how you can join us in our journey, please visit
our web site at www.equalexchange.com.
Or contact us at: Equal Exchange
251 Revere Street, Canton, MA 02021 USA.
Telephone: (781) 830-0303.
Email us at: [email protected]
EQUAL EXCHANGE'S MISSION
To build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally
sound, to foster mutually beneficial relations between farmers and consumers
and to demonstrate through our success the viability of worker-owned cooperatives
and fair trade.
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