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For Immediate Release DATE : 10/6/2011 Bishops Blend Christmas Boxes Now Available from Pura Vida and

Episcopal Relief & Development This Christmas, deck the halls with Fair Trade and organic tea and coffee products from Bishops Blend. Four gift boxes are available this year through Pura Vida, Episcopal Relief & Developments partner in the sale of Bishops Blend products. Fifteen percent of the purchase price goes back to Episcopal Relief & Development, to support its ongoing work to heal a hurting world. Each of the four gift box options is sure to please: The Blue Box: Stay warm this winter with invigorating Earl Grey and soothing Moroccan Mint teas from Bishops Blend. Accompanied by two bars of Single Origin Guatemalan chocolate, the Blue Box package is sure to delight the tea lover on your gift list! The Red Box: The Red Box brings you two sumptuous Bishops Blend coffee roasts: classic Bishops Blend French Roast, and Kaldis Roast an extra-dark roast using beans from Ethiopia and Sumatra. Two bars of Single Origin Guatemalan chocolate round out this popular package. The Silver Box: Coffee, coffee, coffee! The Silver Box includes three of the most popular Bishops Blend coffee roasts: smooth and rich Bishops Blend Regular Roast, extra-dark Kaldis Roast, and Caf de la Paz, a blend of Latin American beans roasted to sweet perfection. The Gold Box: Our new premium Gold Box is truly a treasure! With two bags of Bishops Blend coffee, two boxes of tea and four bars of luxurious Single Origin Guatemalan chocolate, the Gold Box is guaranteed to please. Two Pura Vida ceramic mugs complete this ultimate Bishops Blend package.

All gift boxes include Episcopal Relief & Development promotional materials and a coupon for 15% off of the recipients next order of Bishops Blend products, as well as a personalized gift message. Gift boxes will begin shipping November 1st. Shipping is free on orders of $30 or more. Pura Vida is very pleased to be working with Episcopal Relief & Development to offer this years Christmas Boxes, said Sam Snyder, Director of Marketing and Philanthropy for Pura Vida. Bishops Blend products help support the organizations work, which includes efforts to promote sustainable agriculture, and it also does this directly, since the products are organic and Fair Trade certified.

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. Our Bishops Blend partnership is a natural extension of the work we do, said Rob Radtke, President of Episcopal Relief & Development. Through Pura Vida, we are able to offer coffee and tea products that are produced and marketed according to the same ethical standards promoted through our international programs. Environmental and economic sustainability are cornerstones of the initiatives we support, which bring training and tools to small farmers, and create micro-finance and cooperative-building opportunities in rural communities. Although Christmas is the most popular time of the year for Bishops Blend gift boxes, they are also available for Mothers Day, and Bishops Blend coffees and teas are available year-round. Bishops Blend Christmas boxes can be purchased through December 16 to guarantee delivery in time for Christmas. Expedited shipping is available after this date. Orders can be placed online via http://www.er-d.org/BishopsBlend/ or by phone at 877.469.1431. Episcopal Relief & Development is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church 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. Episcopal Relief & Development works closely with the worldwide Church and ecumenical partners to help rebuild after disasters and to empower local communities to find lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease, including HIV/AIDS and malaria. Reminder: we have a new phone number! Call toll free, 1.855.312.HEAL Contact: Faith Rowold 1.800.334.7626, ext. 6311 ###