A women-owned, green business co-founded in 1995 by Helen Russell and Brooke McDonnell, Equator Coffees & Teas is a specialty coffee roaster, tea purveyor and coffee farm owner.
San Rafael, California-based Equator sources and grows boutique-grade estate, organic, Fair Trade- and Rainforest Alliance-certified coffees from around the globe. Over the years Equator has built a vast network of suppliers rooted in quality and sustainability. Equator will receive its first lot of Gesha from its experimental coffee farm in Volcan, Panama—Finca Sofia—this year.
Bay Area customers include the French Laundry, Bouchon Restaurants and Bakeries, and Whole Foods Markets.
Equator has won numerous awards including the Inc. 5,000 Fastest Growing Business (2008 & 2009), National Association of Women Business Owners - Trail Blazer Award 2009, San Francisco's Business Times Top 100 Fastest Growing Woman Owned Businesses (7 years in a row) and the Specialty Coffee Association's annual Roasters Choice Award (2009).