Equator Travel Blog

Panama - Finca Sofia Update!

Posted on Apr 17, 2010

by David Pohl
I just returned from a wonderful trip to Finca Sofia, Equator's fledgling coffee farm in Panama.  This trip was focused on three aspects of the farm: worker housing, getting Angelica, a girl on a farm with a deformed leg, on a plane to the US  for surgery, and checking on the status of our coffee trees.

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Equator 2010

Posted on Jan 13, 2010

by David Pohl
The New Year brings with it some exciting developments at Equator. For starters, this is the beginning of our 15th year in business! From day one we felt we were embarking on a long journey, but for some reason, 15 years still seems like a significant milestone to us. Read more >>

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July 2009 News and Featured Coffees "Central America"

Posted on Jul 01, 2009

by David Pohl
We are in full “Central America” mode this month, with many exciting arrivals. Overall quality is on par or up from last crop, surprising us because of the lousy weather Central America experienced. Conditions were cool and we were told many regions were noticing inconsistent growth. While some of the earlier samples we received were perhaps a little off their mark, the coffee rolling into our warehouses in June showed pleasant acidity, chocolate and complexity. Read more >>

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New Central American Arrivals

Posted on Jun 07, 2009

by David Pohl
We are excited to announce the arrival of our new micro-lot and top-grade Central American coffees!  They will be rolling into our warehouse, fresh from the ship, over the next few weeks.   Read more >>

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Grounds For Health Auction

Posted on May 31, 2009

by David Pohl
Equator is participating in the first ever Grounds for Health Auction June 2, 2009. This is actually the second round, following a smaller first round in April. All of the coffee in the auction, including some boutique micro-lots (even some Esmeralda Geisha!) was donated and all of the proceeds will benefit Grounds for Health, a non-profit dedicated to the early detection and treatment of cervical cancer in coffee producing communities.  Cervical cancer has a devastating impact on coffee families, yet is very treatable if caught early. Read more >>

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Geisha, Ethiopia and Mushrooms

Posted on May 23, 2009

by David Pohl
Esmeralda cupping group shot. Courtesy of the LA Times.  Read more >>

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Roasters Guild Trip to Panama

Posted on Mar 06, 2009

by David Pohl
I've just returned from a spectacular trip to Panama, where I visited both Boquete, and Volcan, two regions known for their high quality coffee. I accompanied 18 fellow Roaster's Guild members and visited some very impressive coffee farms and beneficios, the commonly used term for coffee processing mills. The timing couldn't have been better with Helen and Brooke having just purchased Finca Sofia (see Helen's blog), in the high hills of Volcan. Upon seeing the first farm on the trip, it became abundantly clear why Helen and Brooke were attracted to Panama.  Read more >>

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Announcing "Finca Sofia" - Equator's very own coffee farm!

Posted on Jan 31, 2009

by David Pohl
Cerro Punta, Volcan Panama We recently returned from Boquete Panama where we visited our fledgling coffee farm, Finca Sofia.  Having bought a rugged, undeveloped piece of land 2000 meters above sea level two years ago with coffee consultant and friend Willem Boot, we realized on this trip that it had finally become something nearing a "real" farm.  Until this point we had been engaged largely in the preparatory and legal work required to get the farm up and running - everything from hiring a farm manager to wading through government red tape to the painstaking selection and transplant of coffee seedlings.  But it was evident this time around that since our last trip over the summer, Finca Sofia had been transformed and that in the next few years, fingers crossed, it would become a productive coffee farm. Read more >>

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Origin trip to Ecuador and Colombia - November 2008

Posted on Nov 19, 2008

by David Pohl
I am just back from a spectacular trip to Ecuador and Colombia, having firmed up existing relationships and started new ones. I was in Colombia for the Let's Talk Coffee event hosted by Sustainable Harvest, which brings together stakeholders from across the industry to "talk coffee" in a very concentrated and personal way over the course of a long weekend. In particular the coffees from Ecuador, Tanzania and Rwanda are all exceeding our expectations and are due in by the end of the year. Read more >>

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Equator Recognized as a "Certified Green Business" - August 2008

Posted on Aug 08, 2008

by David Pohl
We are pleased to announce that Equator has been recognized as a "Bay Area Green Business," after undergoing a thorough certification process. This recognition supports the environmental work we have been committed to throughout the years. As many of you know we were one of the first roasters to use the 80% efficient Loring Kestrel roaster, dramatically reducing carbon emissions from the roasting process, and we deliver to all of our Bay Area accounts using locally produced bio-diesel. We also compost all of our coffee chaff and bags, recycle all paper and plastic, and use natural lighting in our warehouse. We look forward to making Equator even more sustainable and efficient in the future. Click here for more information on the Bay Area Breen Business Program Read more >>

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