One of the most traded commodities is COFFEE.. Where there is a large amount of trade, there is unfortunately a great amount of slavery and unfair trade practices. I love Equal Exchange's stance on Fair Trade for 25 years. I highly recommend their top quality products!! This has quickly become one of my very favorite companies! Fairly traded with small farmers, Equal Exchange offers coffee, tea, chocolate, bananas and almonds.
The Interfaith program with Equal Exchange is one that has definitely caught my attention. I know that when the church gets involved in making a difference, more of the congregations will follow. The Interfaith program consists of over 1000 faith communities. These range from Catholic, Jewish, Unitarian, Christian, Mennonite and more, all working together for one general good.. Fair Trade.
They offer education, fundraising opportunities for your church and groups, and even purchasing options for your clubs.
Back to coffee.. I could talk for hours about all of the wonderful programs and work being done at Equal Exchange and I will perhaps do that in an additional blog post!
This info tour will take you on Equal Exchanges From Bean to Cup with details on the entire process. I loved sitting down with a cup of Congo coffee and reading through this entire process, it was very educational and interesting to me.
Different regions globally produce different flavors in their coffee beans as well. Equal Exchange works with farmers to bring coffee directly from Uganda, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Peru, East Africa and more. You can be a globe trekker of coffee tasting, simply by purchasing wonderful quality coffee here!
I was able to work with Equal Exchange in reviewing their Congo coffee, and learning about the Congo Coffee Project
"An inspirational blend of East African Coffees that is smooth and balanced, with rich chocolate, sweet vanilla, brown spices and a hint of fresh berry. The Congo Coffee Project was created by Equal Exchange in partnership with the Panzi Hospital in the D.R. Congo, which offers programs for more than 2,000 survivors of sexual violence each year. The hospital provides life-saving treatment, counseling, and aftercare programs for women and others in need of healing.
For every bag of coffee sold, Equal Exchange will donate $1 (or $2 at retail price) to the Panzi Foundation.
Situation in the DR Congo
Commonly referred to as the 'Congo', the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo for short) has undergone years of civil war and internal conflict that have resulted in a poor economy and a high rate of violence.
Who is the Panzi Foundation?
US based foundation that supports the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, D.R. Congo through financial donations and works to educate the public about issues in the DR Congo"
This coffee has a smooth, sweet flavor with very low acidity. I loved that I could drink more and not get an upset stomach or coffee buzz. This is a coffee I could drink all day long!
One of my readers will have the opportunity to try the Congo coffee, but also receive other great gifts from Equal Exchange in the Coffee & Tea Revue giveaway!
African Gift Box
The African Gift Box contains the following items:
- 1 package Equal Exchange Congo Coffee Project Full City Roast (1 lb, Whole Bean)
- BeadforLife® Shea Butter Soap (lemongrass and lavender scented soap)
- BeadforLife® Musana Bangle Bracelet (handmade from brightly colored paper beads of varying shapes, sizes and colors)
- BeadforLife® Peppermint Lip Balm with Shea Butter (all-natural shea butter sourced from women in Uganda)
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