Fair Trade USA Review and Giveaway

We have a winner! Shannon! “I love Equal Exchange coffees. They have a roast called Love Buzz that’s outta this world!” An email is on the way.

October is Fair Trade Month and the good folks at Fair Trade USA sent out a sample bag for us to review at MoFo headquarters. I received a box chock full o’ fair trade goods that include teas, coffee and ice cream. I’ll take you through an unpacking of the box so you can see all the goods.

Fair Trade USA is the leading independent, third party verifier of fair trade products in the US. From their mission statement: “We seek to empower family farmers and workers around the world, while enriching the lives of those struggling in poverty. Rather than creating dependency on aid, we use a market-based approach that empowers farmers to get a fair price for their harvest, helps workers create safe working conditions, provides a decent living wage and guarantees the right to organize. Through direct, equitable trade, farming and working families are able to eat better, keep their kids in school, improve health and housing, and invest in the future.”

Their website has an excellent list of products and partnerships they have and you can read more about who benefits when you buy fair trade products.

Now, on to the fair trade goods! Everything is nicely packed into a reusable tote within the shipping box

If you know me, you know I’m a tea fiend. On the top of the package was a sampler box from Numi Tea with 8 different types of tea. I went right for the breakfast blend since I’m a fan of hearty black teas. I also tried the Rooibos Chai and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the spice in it. Numi uses biodegradable filter papers which makes me feel better about using an already bagged tea and they have a wide range of teas to choose from.

Also at the top was a box of Stash Guayusa which is an Amazonian tree leaf. I already enjoy Stash teas so I was excited to be able to try something new.  It reminds me a bit of mate and is described as having an earthy undertone. Not technically a tea but something that is a nice change of pace.

Coconut Bliss had included a Walnut Brownie pint in the box that has a coupon inside for a free pint along with a Coconut Bliss sticker and pamphlet telling their business story. I am a fan of Coconut Bliss, especially the new flavours they debuted last year, and suspect this coupon will go toward a pint of their ginger cookie caramel. Some of the best vegan ice cream, hands down.

Also included in a Hae Now organic cotton t-shirt with the Fair Trade Certified logo. Super soft and comfortable.

Madhava agave nectar had a bottle of their raw organic agave nectar toward the bottom of the box. I’m a straight up tea drinker, no sugar or milk, so most of my agave consumption goes into my baked goods.  My super special agave spice cookies obviously feature agave as a main ingredient and the Madhava worked perfectly in the baking.

Nestled further down was a bag of Just Love coffee Peruvian blend. I am not a coffee drinker and have no apparatus for making it so I passed this along to a friend for review who said he quite enjoyed it.

Rishi Tea sent a tin of their pu-erh ginger tea which I have already put into my cabinet to use this winter. I love a good ginger tea when it’s cold outside and I may have a hint of a sore throat. This one has a nice flavour without being too strong.

Everything was packed into a Fair Trade USA tote bag (also produced to fair trade standards) which has been great for carrying boxes to the post and stuffing with groceries and big bunches of kale from my local farmers market. I love that this is much sturdier than some you find at grocery stores and is cotton instead of a plastic.

We are super pleased that Fair Trade USA has offered a delightful sample box to one of our Vegan MoFo readers and will ship to either the United States or Canada. All the products in the sample bags were kindly donated by the companies to help Fair Trade USA spread the word this month about the importance and range of fair trade products.

To enter our contest simply leave a comment stating what your favourite fair trade product is or which product pictured above you would most like to try. I will pick a winner on Tuesday, October 23 at 3 pm EST so please make sure we can contact you and check back to see if you win! The sample box your receive may include some different products than the ones pictured above.

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133 Responses to Fair Trade USA Review and Giveaway

  1. Jess says:

    I’d be most excited to try Stash Guayusa. I have tried a few of Stash’s teas, but not that one! Helping sustain businesses and communities is an amazing feat!

  2. Corrin Radd says:

    Shameful confession: I’ve never had fair trade coffee. I’d love to start with that bag pictured above.

  3. Shannon says:

    I love Equal Exchange coffees. They have a roast called Love Buzz that’s outta this world!

  4. hungry vegan says:

    Fair trade chocolate is the best. Coffee is a close second.

  5. Anne says:

    I’d most love to try the Ginger Tea, although everything in the sample box sounds terrific!

  6. The Just Love Coffee blend would be perfect for this sleep-deprived new Mama of three. Go Vegan MoFo!

  7. Mel says:

    Favourite fair trade product is bananas – because we eat them every day in my house, so it seems like the best way I can make an impact.

  8. Ellen says:

    Honestly? I’d like the bag because of the advertising potential!

  9. Tiffany says:

    I love the Numi organic fair trade teas.

  10. celyn says:

    My favorite fair trade products by far are Rishi Tea! I have found their tea to be phenomenal, they are lovely about giveaways, and their staff are all wonderful. Tangerine Ginger is my favorite ever.

  11. Audrey says:

    I would love to get some of the Coconut Bliss!

  12. Kelly C says:

    I love Madhava agave!

  13. Jess says:

    I do try to buy fair trade coffee, so I guess that would be my favorite fair trade product — but the product I’d most like to get my hands on is that Coconut Bliss.

  14. Rachel says:

    I never say no to ginger tea- would love to try a new brand, and fair trade would be great!

  15. It’s most important to me to buy fair trade chocolate. Knowing that my guilty pleasure didn’t come from the hands of enslaved children in less fortunate parts of the world helps me feel better about eating something bad for me.

  16. moonsword says:

    My favorite are the Equal Exchange dark chocolate minis. I always try to keep a bag around, although I have to hide it or it all disappears in a mini-flash! Cheers!

  17. Fair trade organic Costa Rican coffee beans.

  18. bitt says:

    I love ginger so the tea sticks out, we always get fairly traded chocolate too.

  19. Courtney says:

    I love fair trade teas too…any and all teas are fine by me!


  20. Kristy says:

    Fair trade is such an important movement. I love tea, but right now the Peruvian coffee is calling my name. And I love the color/design/message of that T-shirt!

  21. Lizzie says:

    I love Endangered Species chocolate. So good, and I can feel good about buying it, too!

  22. Thom says:

    Raw Agave & All things chocolate.

  23. Tessa says:

    I always buy a locally roasted fair trade coffee that I adore, and fair trade chocolate bars just make them that much more delicious. And I’d love to devour a tub of that Coconut Bliss ice cream with no regrets.

  24. gretchen says:

    My favorite fair trade product is the Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups!

  25. I am always on the lookout for new Fair Trade coffees and teas, no matter the flavor. I think Fair Trade actually tends to taste better too.

  26. Amanda says:

    Coconut Bliss ice cream is my favorite. So rich, so delicious and so fair!

  27. chels says:

    I’d like to try that coffee!

  28. Amber says:

    My whole family love Coconut Bliss Ice cream. We would love to receive this box!

  29. Rhea says:

    I love Stash tea but I’d have to choose the Coconut Bliss :)

  30. Olivia says:

    I would love to get my hands on more of that Numi tea it’s absolutely lovely

  31. Cindy E says:

    I like Fair Trade chocolate the best.

  32. Lys Riley says:

    I haven’t tried very many fair trade things. Or, I haven’t been aware that it’s fair trade. I would love to now after reading this post, starting with that delicious sounding Coconut Bliss!

  33. Liene says:

    I would like to try the coffee, count me in please!

  34. Lisa K says:

    It’s the perfect time of year for some fair trade teas!

  35. Danielle Atkins says:

    I would love to try that Numi tea sampler! I’m so stressed out this fall, and my budget is tight. It would be nice to have a great cup of tea!

  36. Those teas look amazing!!

  37. Amber Constant says:

    I would love to try the coconut bliss ice cream! I’ve never had a vegan ice cream due to the fact New Orleans,LA culture is pushed towards flavorful non healthy food (unless its found at our only whole foods). Thus, I have to make all my own food, and don’t have an ice cream maker. :/ I would love to try it! :)))

  38. maria says:

    i have never had ginger tea, but it sounds amazing, especially for sore wintered throats (plus i love tea tins)!

  39. Ginger Tea is my choice with so much health benefits Anti-inflammatory, digestion, reduce inflammation and headaches!

  40. Annie C says:

    Oh, I would love love love to try the Numi tea!! :)

  41. Annie says:

    My favorite certified fair trade product is Green Mountain Coffee Sumatran Reserve V-cups for my Keurig!

  42. I’m a sucker for a great tote bag, especially one so carefully made to Fair Trade standards!

  43. Mrs. GV says:

    I would of course love to try the ice cream!

  44. emily says:

    I’d like to try the tea :)

  45. Melissa says:

    That tea sounds sooo good! And so does the coffee! It’s getting cold so I’m turning into a sucker for warm beverages.

  46. Danielle says:

    Coconut Bliss Walnut Brownie because I loveee me some vegan ice cream :)!

  47. Sophie says:

    Coconut Bliss!! I didn’t even know it was fair trade, that’s awesome. I’ve been wanting to try it.

  48. Marie says:

    Numi tea is totally my favorite!

  49. Sarah says:


  50. Mary says:

    The coconut bliss! It looks so good, but I’ve never had it before!

  51. laura says:

    coconut bliss ice cream! NOM!!!!!

  52. Patti V. says:

    The Coconut Bliss sounds amazing!

  53. Jo Groh says:

    I am a sucker for all fair trade chocolate but i can not resist green & black mint dark chocolate!!

  54. Amy says:

    I love Coconut Bliss but would love to try any of the coffee or teas.

  55. veganbabette says:

    I’d like to try the tea sampler.

    And my favorite fair-trade products are sugar and cocoa powder, which I always buy fair-trade. I’ve recently discovered fair-trade tahini from Nuts to you, and it is since then by go-to tahini brand.

  56. JP Joseph says:

    My favorite Fair Trade product is Theo chocolate’s spicy chili bar. It’s amazing!

  57. Michelle says:

    I LOVE stash tea and would love to try the guayusa tea!

  58. Kaija says:

    I need to try that ginger tea. It sounds fabulous!

  59. Betty Sano says:

    Would Love to try the agave!

  60. MizzB says:

    Coconut Bliss! The shirt and tote bag will be great as well, since sporting them reinforces the fair trade message and gets people thinking and talking.

  61. Isaac A says:

    Coconut Bliss is so delicious. But you can’t have too much agave nectar on hand.

  62. Lauren says:

    I am not a coffee drinker but after reading that drinking coffee may help stave of Alzheimer’s, I’m thinking about starting. I would love to try the coffee above. I think it would be especially good with the Coconut Bliss.

  63. Lauren says:

    My favorite fair trade product is fair trade jewelry from a fair trade store in Lexington, Ky. Each piece has the story of the folks who made it. These products provide a beautiful gift for friends and show how everyone can be connected in a kind, non-exploitative way.

  64. poopiebitch says:

    Oh gosh, my favorite is probably the Coconut Bliss Ice Cream. I’m a sucker for a rich, creamy ice cream.

  65. yvonne says:

    Coconut Bliss! So happy to hear it’s fair trade! That makes it even more delicious!

  66. Missy says:

    I’d love to be in Coconut Bliss…that sounds amazing.!

  67. Katie says:

    My favourite fair trade products are a good cup of Kicking Horse coffee with a bite of a Terra Nostra Rice Milk Chocolate bar. Nothing beats this combination after a long day skiing!

    Of the above box, I’d love to try the coffee and compare it to my beloved Kicking Horse. You can never have too many different types of coffee!

    (Kicking Horse Coffee: http://www.kickinghorsecoffee.com/en)
    (Terra Nostra Chocolate: http://www.terranostra.us/pages/12/index.htm)

  68. Tim says:

    I love me some coconut bliss, but what I’m really ogling is the coffee!

  69. Taylor says:

    I would like to try the coconut bliss!

  70. I am a big tea drinker and would love to have some Numi and Stash teas.

  71. Ann E. says:

    I would jut LOVE to try a pint of Coconut Bliss! This is a brand I’ve never tried & would definitely like to :)

  72. Adeline says:

    Guayaki Yerba Mate, Dr. Bronner’s soap in peppermint, Badgers sunscreen, and the Endangered Species chocolate are some of my everyday favorites.

    I would love anything listed above, especially the Coconut Bliss :)

  73. beverly gallatin says:

    Always love a new t-shirt!

  74. Michelle says:

    Coconut bliss is so yummy
    Id love that

  75. Anna says:

    Mmmm…Coconut Bliss!

  76. Kayla says:

    The fair trade coffee and teas look wonderful!

  77. Mari says:

    The Coconut Bliss sounds delicious!

  78. Tanya says:

    That Peruvian coffee looks awesome…..I’d love to be drinking that!

  79. Susan Eagan says:

    Coconut Bliss or Numi Tea! Thank you, for the opportunity to taste these products!

  80. Amanda Coleman says:

    I would most love the agave nectar. My kids like to eat steel cut oats with flax seed and agave nectar for breakfast. We go through a ton of the stuff!

  81. Arthur says:

    Doesn’t get much better than Coconut Bliss!

  82. Mandi says:

    I am a Rishi tea lady, but thatNumi tea sampler looks veery interesting.

  83. Kelly says:

    It’s a toss-up between that coffee and the Coconut Bliss…! What a great giveaway.

  84. Rachel says:

    Fair Trade chocolate is my go-to! But of things in this box, coffee and coconut ice cream win, hands down! Also, my post on Wednesday is going to be about Fair Trade Month! woohoo.

  85. Eglu says:

    Really happy to see a fair trade post on vegan mofo! =) It is something I care about a lot in addition to veganism. I did my schooling in agriculture and learned some very sad things about exploitation! I always buy fair trade whenever I can find it- chocolate, tea, and my occasional forays into coffee. I haven’t seen fair trade bananas in my area, but was very intrigued to see a comment about that here! The item I would be most interested in for this giveaway would be the t-shirt because I’d wear it at least once a week and that would be great for advertisement. I like using my shirt-space that way! The tote would also be similarly helpful at the supermarket, and I am quite intrigued by the tasty looking tea selections and the agave.
    Thank you for the post! & Cheers ~

  86. Emily says:

    So much love for Equal Exchange coffee! Their French Roast is turning this tea-lover into a coffee addict.

  87. debbie says:

    Fair trade coffee! It is usually ‘bird friendly’ too!

  88. Crystal S says:

    I would love to try the coconut bliss!!! Yum Yum Yum!!

  89. Stephanie says:

    I’d love to try the Coconut Bliss.

  90. Emily Jean says:

    I want to try the Coconut Bliss! That sounds amazing, I love coconut. :)

  91. Alisa says:

    The coconut bliss ice cream. Particularly all of the delicious sounding favours that have not yet made it up to Canada.

  92. VH says:

    the pu-ehr ginger tea please!!!

  93. Christine says:

    All those teas seem intriguing to this sometimes-jaded tea obsessive.

  94. Rachel says:

    I love that agave, but having never tried coconut milk ice cream, I’d have to go with that as the thing I’d most like to try.

  95. Lori says:

    I’ve never even heard of Ginger Cookie Caramel ice cream before but now I don’t think I can live without it!

  96. Jahnvee says:

    I was just gawking at Coconut Bliss at Whole Foods earlier. Their products are heavenly!

  97. megs says:

    OMG, ginger cookie caramel ice cream?! YES

  98. Abby says:

    Fair trade, organic, shade grown coffee.

  99. Ali Seiter says:

    I’m excited about all that fair trade TEA!

  100. Steffi says:

    I have never heard of Stash Guayusa and would love to try it.

  101. Candyce says:

    Fair Trade is a feel good! Two regulars – fair trade chocolate – and fair trade coffee. Loving on the all of the items in the bag!

  102. Heidi says:

    I love all things tea and coffee but I would really like some of that coconut bliss ice cream.

  103. L Ferguson says:

    I would love to try the Rishi ginger tea. That sounds great.

  104. Amelia T says:

    I love the Numi’s Fair Trade Vanilla Chai Tea…. but I’m also a huge Fairtrade coffee fan.

    And mmmmmm, new kinds of coconut bliss? Count me in!

  105. Rachel S says:

    I drink so much tea it’s ridiculous, and I love buying fair trade teas. All of the teas pictured above look so good, I’d be eager to try them all. But that Walnut Brownie Coconut Bliss also looks hard to beat!

  106. Omer says:

    dark chocolate is my favorite.

  107. Corinne says:

    For myself, I would definitely choose the Peruvian blend coffee but, since I often cook and bake for others, especially children I would love to have the agave nectar to sweeten my treats. Both healthy and delicious for kids of all ages! :)

  108. Kristen says:

    Fair trade chocolate – bars, chips, cocoa powder; it’s all good.

  109. Mrs Pine Nut says:

    Chocolate and cocoanut milk ice cream cannot be decided between. Omnomnom.

  110. Shana says:

    I’ve yet to try Coconut Bliss and I’m pretty sure I NEED to!

  111. Haley says:

    I’m transitioning from a coffee drinker to a tea drinker, so those teas look pretty awesome!

  112. Jessie says:

    i would love to try the rishi pu-erh ginger tea – i have a ginger addiction that it would fit into very nicely 😉

  113. Jeni says:

    I really would love to try the rishi pu-erh ginger tea. I am always looking for new teas to try! I seriously love that tote bag!!!

  114. Christine says:

    I would love to give a try to that Stash Tea. Haven’t seen it anywhere and I’m a big tea fan. This pack of Fair Trade is seriously missing some chocolate!

  115. Laura says:

    I always go with Fair Trade for coffee, chocolate, and bananas.

  116. I would love to try the Guayusa! I’m a yerba matte junkie, and the reference made me super curious, not to mention, everything I’ve ever tried from Stash has been great.

  117. I would love to try the coffee! And I wouldn’t mind sporting that fly t-shirt either.

  118. Claryn says:

    Equal Exchange French Roast is straight-up one of my favorite life-sustaining foods, closely followed by their espresso. Yay for all this fair trade love!

  119. Ashley F. says:

    Oh man, that Pu-Erh Ginger tea would rock my world!

  120. caroline m. says:

    my favorite fair trade product is coffee. i drink it every day and i like knowing it’s supporting workers instead of hurting their communities.

  121. My favorite fiar trade product is organic chocolate. All kinds!

  122. Beth says:

    Oooooh, the peruvian coffee sounds divine! And I know what you mean about black teas- they’re the bestest!

  123. Kacey says:

    I’m torn between the numi tea sampler and the coconut bliss. I love them both!

  124. jenn says:

    only because i LOVE this procuct.. endangered species is my favorite. i would love to try all of the items in this prize pack! i am an avid tea drinker and coffee as well. i love the idea of supporting fair trade items/products and wish more people would get involved!

  125. Anneh says:

    I’d love to try agave syrup…I keep reading about it but have never purchased any!

  126. Sarah S. says:

    I love coffee… so I’d love to try theirs! I’d heard many wonderful things about Fair Trade products!

  127. birrrd says:

    I guess you can never have enough tea. I’m going for the numi, but bliss looks tempting, too. so give me a chance to win! : )

  128. Erin says:

    This looks amazing. My favorite fair trade product is coffee, but everything in there looks great.

  129. Eve Love says:

    I LOVE coconut bliss!!!

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  131. Coconut bliss sounds amazing. All the products of fair trade are good, But the coffee is my one of the favorite products of fair trade.

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