Coffee With A Cause: Equal Exchange


Starting September 25, we will serve coffee from an organization called Equal Exchange during weekend services and events. Their vision is to build long-term trade partnerships that are  economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate, through their success, the contribution of worker co- operatives and fair trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world.

We are serving an Organic Ethiopian Coffee. Ethiopian coffees are some of the best in the world, offering a remarkable variety of flavors that have captivated both experts and newcomers to specialty coffee. Naturally processed Ethiopian is noteworthy at first for its bold fruit aromas and flavors: blueberry, strawberry, and red grape. Beneath the surface, it also showcases depth and complexity, with notes of ginger, brown sugar, and browned butter with a long fruity finish. Just in case you wondered what you’re tasting. 

Stop by the coffee station during a weekend service and enjoy a cup of coffee—with a cause.


The Coffee With A Cause vision is to connect the human experience of drinking a great cup of coffee with the human desire to do great good in the world. We will address several of the “Five Unacceptable Truths” by purchasing (and offering for sale) coffee from an organization that returns a greater percentage of the coffee dollar to coffee farmers and cooperatives in developing areas of the world. Supporting coffee farmers and cooperatives will reduce poverty, illiteracy and modern-day slavery. 

This approach allows us to purchase coffee from smaller organizations that reflect Crossroads values, including dignity, cooperation, and community. They also link diverse democratically run groups and social change organizations together in a network of mutual aid.

We support organizations that:

  • Help under-resourced groups of people (eg. farmers and artisans and their families) gain more control over their economic futures.
  • Educate consumers about trade issues affecting farmers and artisans.
  • Provide high-quality foods and products that nourish the body and the soul.
  • Are controlled by the people who do the actual work.
  • Invest in future generations of children and young people.
  • Exist as a community of dedicated individuals who believed that honesty, respect, and mutual benefit are integral to any worthwhile endeavor.