Bishops Blend Christmas Boxes: Great for Christmas, Great for Small Farmers!

October 26, 2010

Starting October 26, Episcopal Relief & Development and Pura Vida Coffee are offering Christmas boxes for under $30.  The boxes feature fair trade, organic, shade-grown Bishops Blend coffees and teas.

Three packages are available: the coffee lover’s package includes three bags of Bishops Blend coffee ($29.50), and the two other packages combine coffee ($27.50) or tea ($25.00) with Divine fair trade chocolates.  All packages come with a personalized card, and a coupon for 15% off the recipient’s next purchase of Bishops Blend products.  Buy two to qualify for free shipping!

“Episcopalians across the country recognize and embrace the Bishops Blend brand,” said John Hollister, Director of Sales at Pura Vida.  “They know the coffee is good, and they also know that they’re supporting good work by buying it.  It’s really win-win, and we’re proud to join Episcopal Relief & Development in this partnership.”

Bishops Blend boxes have been offered at Christmas for several years.  Gift boxes are also available for Mother’s Day, and the Bishops Blend line of coffees and teas are available year-round.

Buying certified fair trade goods helps ensure that coffee and tea growers are paid a living wage and have access to affordable credit.  Fair trade partnerships also help marginalized producers gain access to markets and consumers through fewer intermediaries.  The products are certified by organizations that monitor both the product and its supply chain, promoting safe workplaces, ethical business practices and fair treatment of workers.  Many fair trade partnerships are also linked to sustainable development initiatives in producer communities, promoting education, gender equality and environmental conservation.

“Bishops Blend products are perfect for the conscientious giver,” said Rob Radtke, President of Episcopal Relief & Development.  “In addition to giving someone a really high-quality product you know they’ll enjoy, you’ll also know that you’re supporting programs that fight poverty worldwide.  And the fact that the products are fair trade and organic means small farmers get a fair deal, and the planet doesn’t have to pay the price.”

Bishops Blend boxes can be purchased through December 17 to guarantee delivery in time for Christmas.  Orders can be placed online via or by phone at 877.469.1431.

To support Episcopal Relief & Development’s work, please visit or call 800.334.7626, ext. 5129. Gifts can be mailed to Episcopal Relief & Development, PO Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.

Episcopal Relief & Development is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church of the United States and an independent 501(c)(3) organization. The agency takes its mandate from Jesus’ words found in Matthew 25. Its programs work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Together with the worldwide Church and ecumenical partners, Episcopal Relief & Development rebuilds after disasters and empowers people by offering lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease, including HIV/AIDS and malaria.