Equator Travel Blog

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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Equator is Proud to Become a Certified B Corp

Posted on Feb 17, 2012

by Maureen McHugh
Coffee and the computer industry share a surprising number of supply chain parallels. Apple Computer’s recent decision to become the first technology company to join the Fair Labor Association and submit to supply chain audits in an industry notorious for secrecy could be a boon for overseas workers. The coffee business, like any industry where production is conducted offshore, shares the same characteristic of a murky supply chain, often leaving both the farmers and the environment in the lurch. Equator has always put benefits to coffee farming communities first in any conversation we have about quality. Roasters seeking transparency regarding farming practices, farmer income, and living standards must work extra hard to obtain information and develop relationships on the ground.  Read more >>

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Linking Food Security and Quality Coffee: Visiting our Coffee Partners in Ecuador

Posted on Feb 08, 2012

by Kimberly Easson
Nestled high (1750 – 1900m) in the mountains of Southern Ecuador, the El Batan coffee community harvests high quality, organic, Fair Trade Certified washed Arabica coffee. But coffee is not a year-round crop and a sustainable coffee community that provides food security for its members requires other forms of income.

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Santo Domingo - A New Partnership in Nicaragua

Posted on Nov 03, 2011

by Kimberly Easson
When I visited Nicaragua last summer to help Equator launch a new partnership with the Santo Domingo Cooperative, I was prepared to taste some really great coffee. Yet nothing could have prepared me for the stunning beauty of the countryside and the ecological soundness of the cooperative’s small family farms. Set in the rugged, yet lush mountains of Northern Nicaragua, a four-hour drive from the capital of Managua, Santo Domingo’s members’ small farms are difficult to spot under the dense canopy of shade trees.

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Pilot Projects

Posted on Oct 10, 2011

by Brooke McDonnell
3 years after Finca Sophia’s conception, on my 9th visit to the farm, I relish the walk up its mountain side to join co-owner Willem Boot and Kelly Hartmann, our farm manger, at the top. I am gratified and relieved, after some early setbacks, to see most of the 30,000 plants looking lush and healthy. We are there to create test zones for a new plant-based fertilizer that was getting remarkable results elsewhere in the world. The farm is one giant experiment: little is known about the rare Geisha varietal we chose to plant. We will try different nutrient delivery systems.

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Making a difference: Angelica's story

Posted on Aug 25, 2011

by Helen Russell
There are many reasons why we love running a coffee company. One is watching top chefs fall hopelessly in love with our single-origin coffees and blends. Another is leveraging our business to create social change. In our 16 years roasting coffee for restaurants and cafes, we’ve focused as much on social equity as we have quality in the cup, because the two issues are intimately connected. To get closer to the family farmers upon whose labor we depend to grow our coffees, we’ve supported social enterprise pioneers such as Sustainable Harvest and mission-critical projects such as Women in Coffee. Now we’ve taken an even more hands-on approach. Read more >>

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