A February Perfect Pairing!

Fill this Heart Mug from Craft Link (available at SERRV and Fair Trade Winds) with Equal Exchange's Love Buzz coffee, and you're halfway to a February perfect pairing!

We hope all of our lovely readers had a very happy Fair Trade Valentine’s Day!  Though, now that we’re past the excitement of the big day, we sure could use a perfect pairing pick-me-up.  If, like us, you are starting to feel the winter blues, try this yummy combo, which will have you celebrating the Fair Trade love despite this chilly weather.

Here’s what Theo has to say about this decadently divine treat:

“The best collaborations are simple. Theo sources and roasts the best chocolate. Caffé Vita sources and roasts the best coffee. why not combine them? coffee + chocolate = happiness.”

We couldn’t agree more.  Which is why we’ve paired these delicious coffee chocolate caramels with one of our favorite Fair Trade coffees.  Because coffee + chocolate + coffee = happiness³.  (We’ve checked this equation with Dave-the-Coffee-Guy, and he’s in absolute agreement.)


Dave’s not the only who’s head-over-heels for Equal Exchange’s Organic Love Buzz coffee.  None of the Fair Trade Trendsters can resist this “sweet, sultry and smooth coffee with an unexpected bite and lasting finish.”  Even Katy, Fair Trade Trends founder and notorious hazelnut syrup fiend, drinks this delicious, chocolately brew black.  Simply scrumptious.

So even though Punxsutawney Phil’s offered us hope for an early spring, if you still see snow on the ground (or hey, love chocolate, coffee, or helping to promote economic justice for the world’s farmers), we say treat yourself!  Because, you’ve earned it!  And because doing good tastes so right!

Stay Warm!

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Dave the Coffee Guy Reviews: Equal Exchange’s Organic Mind, Body & Soul

This month’s Bean-to-Pick is Equal Exchange’s Organic Mind, Body & Soul.  Mind, Body & Soul contains hints of chocolaty sweetness and nutty goodness.  A sweet treat with a light, smooth flavor.

Check out this description from Equal Exchange:

“Post-Roast Blend: Medium and Vienna Roasts

Aroma: butterscotch, vanilla custard, pecans, milk chocolate
Flavor: balanced, cocoa, caramelized sugar, malt
Mouthfeel: weighty and thick
Acidity: light sparkle
Aftertaste: dark chocolate, walnut, brown sugar”

Since my wife won’t let me have desserts anymore, this makes for a tasty substitute.  (Not that I’m pouting or anything.)

RATING: 4/5 Cups

SCALE: 5 = Best Ever! / 4½ = Superior / 4 = Excellent / 3½ = Very Good / 3 = Good / 2½ = Average / 2 = Fair / 1 = Poor

Enjoy,

Dave the Coffee Guy

Perfect Autumn Pairing: Apple Cider Caramels & Pumpkin Spice Coffee

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”

— George Eliot

Ahh…don’t you just love the fall?  There’s a new crispness in the air, the leaves have burst into colorful flames, and the squirrels (nature’s original hoarders) are frantically scurrying to amass nuts for the winter.  We have a serious crush on autumn.

In an effort to spread our major fall love, we offer you this perfect autumn pairing: Apple Cider Caramels & Pumpkin Spice Coffee.

When the air turns a bit nippy, and you begin to wonder if winter may be just around the corner, treat yourself to some Fair Trade caramels and coffee.  Cozy up under your favorite quilt and indulge in the yummy decadence of this awesome autumn pairing.

You deserve it!

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Dave the Coffee Guy Reviews: Guilt Free Drinks’s “Guilt Free Medium Coffee”

This month’s Bean-to-Pick is Guilt Free Drinks’s Guilt Free Medium Coffee.  A good, sweet coffee with subtle nutty overtones.

Check out this description from Guilt Free Drinks:

Central American Single Origin, perfect for drip or press. . . Bright, crisp, sweet. . . . Nothing but pure joy in the cup. A very pleasing and easy to drink fair trade coffee.

Guilt Free Drinks’s coffees really are easy on the conscience since they’re Carbon Neutral, Organic, and Fair Trade.  Plus, this stellar company gives 10% of their profits to charity and has fantastic corporate recycling programs.  Check out their outstanding mission.

Really good coffee without the guilty aftertaste?  Yes, please!  This new company is definitely one to watch.

RATING: 3½/5 Cups

SPECIAL COMMENDATION FOR AWESOME ETHICS: 5/5 Cups

OVERALL RATING: 4¼/5 Cups

SCALE: 5 = Best Ever! / 4½ = Superior / 4 = Excellent / 3½ = Very Good / 3 = Good / 2½ = Average / 2 = Fair / 1 = Poor

Enjoy,

Dave the Coffee Guy

Dave the Coffee Guy Reviews: Green Mountain Coffee’s Fair Trade Organic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe

Dave the Coffee Guy knows coffee.  In fact, he’s been known to tear tendons off his shoulder in the pursuit of coffee.  (Really folks, we’re doing the typing for Dave because his arm is in a sling).

From Dave the Coffee Guy:

This month’s Bean-to-Pick is Green Mountain Coffee’s Fair Trade Organic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. This light coffee is full of flavor.  As satisfying as any dark roast.

Check out this description from Green Mountain Coffee:

“Ethiopian Yirgacheffe is prized by connoisseurs for its delicate fragrance of orange blossoms, with an elegantly sweet and clean finish.”

You’ll want to drink the whole pot.  Or at least pour yourself the larger cup.

RATING: 4½/5 Cups

SCALE: 5 = Best Ever! / 4½ = Superior / 4 = Excellent / 3½ = Very Good / 3 = Good / 2½ = Average / 2 = Fair / 1 = Poor

Enjoy,

Dave the Coffee Guy