About Equator Coffees
Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world, but the industry is notorious for unfair treatment of farmers and environmental damage. The coffee industry was even less transparent back in the ‘90s, when coffee kiosk-owners Helen Russell and Brooke McDonnell were inspired to start sourcing and roasting their own beans. The pair founded Equator Coffees in a garage in 1995, with a laser focus on prioritizing quality and the “Chain of Well-Being” from farm to cup. In the 25 years since, Equator has become Fair Trade Certified and a Certified B Corporation, founded its own ethical coffee farm, began using energy-efficient roasters, and was the first Certified LGBTQ-owned company to win National Small Business of the Year in 2016. Needless to say, it’s coffee you’ll feel good about drinking all day.
Why we love them
With storytelling and compassion at the heart of everything it does, Equator makes it easy to shop your values and quench your coffee curiosity: Each blend has a backstory and many support charitable causes. If you don’t know where to start, the Ethiopia Sidama Ardi is a favorite of KCM’s Sally, who says the fruity undertones have made it her new morning go-to. KCM’s Lisa likes the Sumatra Queen Ketiara roast: It’s nutty and herbal, and is sourced from a co-op of female farmers. If, like KCM’s Mary Kate, iced coffee is more your style, Equator’s canned cold coffee is going to rock your world. Brewed hot, then flash chilled to keep all the smoothness and freshness you expect from a cup of hot coffee, it’s a revelation. (Her favorite is The Oatmilk Latte.)