Norm and I have discovered Equal Exchange. They have more than you can imagine and we’ve tried several of their products. They have coffee, tea, chocolate, cocoa, snacks, gifts, equipment and fun stuff. They also offer educational material. Equal Exchange works with small farmers worldwide.

One of the products we tried and liked was Organic Wild Rooibos Pyramid Tea. Norm and I found it quite good. We were able to taste the vanilla without it overpowering the tea. Even though we had been to South Africa, we had never experienced organic red bush tea.

They say, “Wild Rooibos is only harvested by a few farmers in the entire world. This rich, red tea has a fruity character with vanilla overtones and is naturally caffeine free. Rooibos contains antioxidants, which are known to promote good health.”

Small farmers can make a big change. Mr. Hendrik Hesselman of Heiveld Co-operative says, “Equal Exchange is changing the tea system by working with small farmers… Most tea… comes from large-scale plantations where workers have little control or voice. By choosing this tea… you are helping small farmers of the Heiveid Co-operative in South Africa, you are helping plant seeds of democracy in tea country.”

If you visit the Equal Exchange website, they have a store where you can learn about and try all sorts of great products.

Thanks to Joan Joffa as she introduced us to this great organization and wonderful tea.

Culinarily yours,

Maralyn D. Hill, President
International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association
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