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Equator Coffees

Coffee and Tea
Certified Since: December, 2011
Location: San Rafael, California, United States
Sector: Manufacturing

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Equator Coffees is a women-owned, green-certified coffee roaster based in Marin, CA. Founded in 1995 by Brooke McDonnell and Helen Russell, Equator's commitment to a sustainable, transparent approach spans more than two decades. Equator’s unwavering pursuit of quality leads to socially and environmentally responsible business decisions that ensure a steady supply of quality coffee into the future.

Equator was one of the first truly boutique wholesale coffee roasters in the San Francisco Bay Area. Over the past 24 years, Equator's careful attention to quality, deep and mutually beneficial relationships with their global farm partners, and unparalleled dedication to high-touch customer service. Equator was the first roaster in the Bay Area to sign onto the Fair Trade Certified program. Additionally, Equator in collaboration with Boot Coffee owns and operates a coffee farm, Finca Sophia, in Panama.

Today, Equator operates seven cafes in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2016, the U.S. Small Business Administration honored Equator by naming them the "National Small Business of the Year," the first certified LGBTQ owned business to receive this honor.

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