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Organic Fair Trade Coffee

Organic Fair Trade Coffee

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Tropical Traditions is proud to now offer certified organic and certified fair trade coffee from Equal Exchange!

Fair Trade Coffee

There's a lot behind this coffee.

Equal Exchange has worked with small-scale coffee farmers and their co-operatives for over 25 years. These longstanding relationships allow them to source the best beans from each harvest.

The passion for quality drives the worker-owned roastery to bring out the finest characteristics in these amazing coffee beans with each batch roasted. We invite you to enjoy a great cup of coffee, while also supporting small farmers and their communities.

Quality: Bean to Cup

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Coffee is a complex agricultural product that changes from year to year and deserves the utmost care in growing, harvesting, processing, roasting, and brewing.

Coffee is also a labor intensive business. Each step requires education and attention to detail, and we are fortunate to work with some of the hardest working coffee growing cooperatives in the world.

We've discovered that the best way to learn and grow from harvest to harvest is through transparency and information sharing. These principles have always been a part of the Equal Exchange model, and this is no different for our relationships with our producer partners and our customers.

We rely on our producer partners to bring us the finest coffee available. We rely on ourselves to enhance the cup characteristics with each roast. And we rely on you to purchase, protect and release the fine attributes of each coffee you brew.

Coffee Brewing Tips

By choosing organic fair-trade coffee, you've demonstrated that your coffee is very important to you. As you brew with care, you continue to honor the hard work of our small-scale farmer partners and join a community of Equal Exchange coffee lovers.

The 3 Basic Elements

Coffee is 99% water! Use only the cleanest, freshest water available. It's best not to use distilled water in which the natural minerals have been removed because coffee interacts with these minerals to naturally enhance the taste. Bottled spring water or filtered tap water is ideal.

Water Temperature
The perfect temperature to brew coffee is between 195˚ and 205˚F. Since many automatic drip brewers average only 850 watts of power, it's important to make sure that your brewer's capacity is at least 1,000 watts, as this is required to bring the water temperature up to the proper range. When brewing manually with a French press or filter cone, remove your kettle of boiling water from its heat source and let it sit 2 minutes before pouring over your ground coffee.

When you purchase whole bean coffee, it's best to grind your coffee right before brewing, although it's perfectly acceptable to grind your coffee when you buy it. Your goal is to achieve the right grind for the right brewing method:

  • coarse grind for French press brewing
  • medium-coarse grind for automatic drip brewers
  • medium grind for filter cone method
  • fine grind when making espresso

Brewing & Storing Your Coffee

Coffee-to-Water ratio
What ever method of brewing you use, the general standard is 1-2 Tbsp of coffee for every 6 oz of water. For the French press, use 2 Tbsp per 6 oz of water. Automatic drip brewers, on the other hand, tend to produce a desirable brew when using as little as 1 Tbsp per 6 oz of water. You'll want to experiment and adjust depending on whether you prefer a stronger or milder brew.

Brewing Time
Once your coffee finishes brewing, the flavor and quality begins to deteriorate. In the case of the French press, after it's brewed 3-5 minutes and the coffee grounds have been pushed down to the bottom of the glass vessel, we recommend that you transport the coffee into a thermos, or serve it immediately; if left in the press, the coffee will continue to brew and become bitter. In general, we recommend that you transfer coffee from any method of brewing into a stainless steel thermos or an insulated carafe to keep it hot for the next cup.

Storing Your Coffee
Storing your coffee in an airtight glass or ceramic canister is optimal. Properly stored coffee can stay fresh up to two weeks and should not be refrigerated, nor is it necessary to keep it in the freezer. For maximum freshness, we recommend purchasing only as much coffee as you will consume in a 1 1/2 to 2 week period.

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Organic Breakfast Blend
This classic blend is sweet and balanced with a creamy mouthfeel and hints of chocolate brownie, roasted nut and caramel.

Roast: post-roast blend, Medium and French
Aroma: honey, floral, toffee
Flavor: balanced, sweet, baked brownie
Mouthfeel: dense & expansive

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Organic Love Buzz

This dark and smoky favorite has sweet velvety layers of chocolate brownie, caramel corn, malt and toffee.

Roast: post-roast blend, Full City and French
Aroma: floral, malt, apple pie
Flavor: very dark chocolate, smoky, malt
Mouthfeel: dense & fudgy

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Organic Mind, Body & Soul

Find your moment of relaxation with this smooth, creamy and balanced blend that has hints of almond, malt and dark chocolate.

Roast: post-roast blend, Medium and Vienna
Aroma: nutty, raisin, butterscotch
Flavor: almond, vanilla, cocoa nibs
Mouthfeel: smooth & creamy

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Organic Colombian

Aroma: molasses, citrus, pecans, vanilla
Flavor: complex, grapefruit, chocolate, dried fig, brown sugar
Mouthfeel: syrupy
Acidity: bright, citrusy
Aftertaste: sweet, light, dried fig, viognier grape

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Organic Ethiopian

This naturally processed coffee is incredibly complex with blueberry, chocolate and fresh ginger flavor highlighted by a thick and expansive mouthfeel.

Roast: Full City
Aroma: chocolate, gingersnap, berry
Flavor: spicy, blueberry, ginger, chocolate
Mouthfeel: thick & expansive

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Organic French Roast

This dark gem is full of chocolaty richness, with a subtle smoky flavor.

Roast: pre-roast blend, French
Aroma: brown sugar, brownie, floral
Flavor: sweet, fudgy chocolate, gingerbread
Mouthfeel: velvety & thick

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Organic Decaffeinated*

Smooth & balanced

Roast: pre-roast blend, Full City
Aroma: vanilla, toasted almond cookies, chocolate
Flavor: balanced, caramelized sugar, chocolate
Mouthfeel: honey-like & syrupy

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*What process do you use to remove caffeine from your decaffeinated coffees?

Decaf coffee gets a bad rap sometimes. That could be because many companies use lower quality coffee beans for their decaf. At Equal Exchange, we believe decaf coffee can be, and should be, just as flavorful as regular coffee. Otherwise, what's the point?

Step 1: Find good coffee
As with all our coffee, we seek out the best beans from small farmer co-ops around the world. Our Purchasing and Quality Control teams spend months abroad each year searching for the sources of great coffee and developing these relationships, because quality coffee depends on close partnerships with our growing communities. Besides providing excellent coffee, our partners must also demonstrate dedication and success in environmental stewardships, economic democracy, community development and positive political action.

Step 2: Remove the caffeine
Once we've got the best coffee beans, there are many ways to remove the caffeine. Equal Exchange coffee is primarily decaffeinated using two processes: CR3 Natural Liquid Carbon Dioxide Decaffeination and Mountain Water Process. Both are natural forms of decaffeination that preserve the quality of the coffee beans, which is why the flavors aren't affected.

CR3 Natural Liquid Carbon Dioxide Decaffeination:

  1. Unroasted (green) coffee beans are moistened with water and pressurized in a chamber with liquid carbon dioxide, which draws the caffeine out of the bean.
  2. The CO2 is circulated through an evaporator to separate the caffeine from the CO2.
  3. The CO2 is then recondensed and recirculated through the coffee. This cycle repeats until the decaffeination is complete.
  4. The coffee is dried to return it to its original moisture content.

The use of carbon dioxide and water is a natural process that poses no risk to your health (think of carbonated water - it contains the same natural liquid carbon dioxide).

Mountain Water Process:

  1. Green coffee beans are immersed in water to extract the caffeine. The water contains the soluble components of the coffee beans, which holds the elements of the flavor, so that the beans maintain their original components.
  2. To separate the caffeine from the water containing the soluble components, the water passes through a special filter, which removes the caffeine. This results in coffee solid soluble-charged water, saturated with the flavor components but free of caffeine, which is used again in the extraction process. And there you have it. From the careful cultivation by our farmer partners, to the natural decaffeination processes that preserve the flavors of the green beans, to skilled roasting by our production team, each step is artfully executed to bring you the finest decafs - ahem - the finest coffees available.

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