Sure, Fair Trade's a feel-good way to know your chai farmers aren't being throttled by Industrial Agro-Business Man, but, um, how does that help you snag a sandwich at lunch, exactly? With Equal Exchange Cafe, that's how
The first brick-and-mortar from a West Bridgewater co-op/longtime supplier of organic, Fair Trade goods, EEC's been justly working with small-scale Nicaraguan farmers since 1986, before which the only fairly traded Nicaraguan export was Dennis Martinez. The core business encompasses eight styles of organic, FT chocolate (Extra Dark Panamanian, Milk & Hazelnut), 13 coffees and 15 teas, ranging from Vienna-roasted Mind, Body & Soul ("lively, smooth, and spicy with a chocolate finish"), to Organic Darjeeling Second Flush Tea, referring to the year's second-most-prized harvest, not your first-date bathroom move. More substantial are the lunch items, from Asian specials like the Sweet and Sour Mango Salad and Vietnamese Fresh Rolls, to 10 varieties of sandwiches nabbed daily from Biscuit Bakery, like Ham and Havarti on brioche, Smoked Turkey Cheddar on rosemary foccacia bread, and Genoa Salami Provolone on potato dill, slathered with Hebrew National mustard -- a solid choice for the half-practicing half-Jew
EEC also has plans on bringing in local farmers for special tastings, and'll host "cuppings" -- which means coffee and tea tastings, not your package being throttled by Industrial Agro-Fondle Man.