Equator Travel Blog

Sourcing Coffee in Central America – Part I, Costa Rica

Posted on Mar 10, 2014

by Ted Stachura

In February, the Central American coffee producing countries of Costa Rica and Nicaragua were on the itinerary. Traveling to this region in the early part of the year is ideal -- the harvest is underway, the mills are in full swing and samples are starting to become available for evaluation. It had been a couple of years since I last visited Costa Rica and I was especially looking forward to making contact with some of the growers whose coffee we have been roasting and enjoying at Equator since then. In addition to meeting with farmers we have been working with, travel to origin inevitably leads to introductions to new producers, many of whom are doing outstanding work with their coffee. Read more >>

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Review of 2013 Coffees and Outlook for 2014

Posted on Jan 22, 2014

by Ted Stachura

January is a good time to review coffees from the previous year and regroup in anticipation of the new crop arrivals that have already started coming in. As most coffee drinkers know, coffee is a seasonal crop with distinct periods of time in each growing region for harvesting, processing and shipping. From a coffee enthusiast’s perspective, it is sad when a favorite coffee runs its seasonal course but, exciting knowing that a new vintage is just a few months away. Read more >>

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El Salvador and Beyond

Posted on Dec 09, 2013

by Ted Stachura

In early November I had the pleasure of attending a conference in El Salvador called Let’s Talk Coffee. The purpose of this annual conference is to bring coffee roasters and producers together to build relationships and discuss issues related to the coffee supply chain. It is also an opportunity to celebrate achievements taking place in coffee producing countries. This visit I was able to meet with well established partners like the team from Granja La Esperanza, the Colombian coffee producers who grew the Geisha variety coffee that we won the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s 2013 Roaster’s Choice award with. We reviewed the successes of the past year and looked forward to new coffee offerings we have planned for the New Year.

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Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

Posted on Nov 22, 2013

by Caitlin McCarthy-Garcia

My visit to Ethiopia last month brought me closer to the world of Ethiopian coffee, closer to the producers of our Ardi coffee, and gave me insight into their culture. I learned how Ethiopian coffee and culture are inseparable and woven into the daily routine. My favorite memory was taking part in coffee ceremonies that were held in people’s homes every day, sometimes up to three times a day. This wasn’t just a casual coffee break, but an opportunity to spend a couple hours with your family or the community in your village to discuss the harvest, local politics and gossip. Read more >>

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Surf’s Up! New Equator Coffee Bar at Proof Lab Surf Shop

Posted on May 31, 2013

Stop by for COMPLIMENTARY Coffee June 22 & 23  Read more >>

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Equator Takes 1st Place at the 2013 Roaster’s Choice Competition!

Posted on Apr 19, 2013

by Ted Stachura

We are pleased to announce that Equator Coffees & Teas has been awarded first place in this year's Roaster's Choice Competition! Sponsored by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and the Roasters Guild, the competition is designed to highlight the art and craft of specialty coffee roasting. The competition took place in April 2013 during the 25th Annual SCAA Exposition, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. There, our coffee earned the top score, as determined by an expert panel of judges, and was named the winner of the 2013 Roasters Choice competition.  Read more >>

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Read about our recent trip to Guatemala

Posted on Feb 25, 2013

by Caitlin McCarthy-Garcia
Earlier this month I had the opportunity to travel to Guatemala. It was a whirlwind experience that involved visiting a couple of farms we buy from and attending the International Women in Coffee Association’s convention in Guatemala City. It was an especially sweet visit for me because I was able to get full insight into coffee horticulture, from seedling in nursery to finished coffee bean ready for export.  Along the way I made some friends in our producer partners and other passionate coffee industry people. Read more >>

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A Visit to Rwanda

Posted on Dec 10, 2012

by Kimberly Easson
With the new crop of Rwanda Buremera landing soon, we took the opportunity to visit the farmers who grow this coffee. We plan to begin roasting the latest arrival in early 2013.  Read more >>

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Equator attends the Roaster’s Guild Retreat hosted by the Specialty Coffee Association of America

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

by Dan Paggi - Roaster
In mid August 2012, I attended my first Roaster’s Guild Retreat put on by the Specialty Coffee Association of America. The retreat was held at Skamania Lodge in Southern Washington overlooking the picturesque Colombia River Gorge. Admittedly, I was a bit nervous as the event approached because this was my first time attending a large scale specialty coffee event. However, those nerves faded quickly when I arrived at the lodge. I swiftly settled in to the laid back atmosphere and was delighted to learn about the broad range of roasting experience between the attendees. This varied from never roasting coffee to decades of experience. My two years of roasting experience was somewhere in the middle and I came to the conclusion that I was in the right place. Read more >>

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Equator has a new look

Posted on Jul 17, 2012

Over the past year Equator has embarked on an exciting journey to transform and refresh the look and feel of our logo, website and packaging. After many years, our faithful tiger mascot has been liberated from the confines of our logo and now can be found roaming freely. By now you’ve probably noticed new colors and other design changes to our website. Although the look is different, the mechanics of the site should be familiar, which will make ordering coffee as straightforward as before.  Read more >>

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