Equator Travel Blog

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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Equator Community Composting Program - July 2008

Posted on Jul 10, 2008

by David Pohl
We have been donating chaff and burlap bags to the community for years. Local farmers, gardeners and artists put our "waste" to creative use as an ingredient in organic compost, weedcloth and artisan crafts. I recently received an email from one regular chaff collector expressing her thanks and showing us her beautiful garden. Read more >>

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June 2008 Updates - Misty Valley, Aldea Global and Geisha!

Posted on Jun 04, 2008

by David Pohl
We have some exciting new coffees on the horizon for June and July, including a new lot of Ethiopia Misty Valley which just arrived. This coffee exceeded our expectations in so many ways and should not be missed! Blueberry notes, sweet acidity and syrupy body characterize this lot.

Misty Valley Ripe Cherries Read more >>

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Upcoming Seasonal Offerings, Micro Lots and Auction Coffees - April 2008

Posted on Apr 26, 2008

by David Pohl
Seasonal Coffee Offerings 2008 Equator Estate Coffees and Teas is bringing in some outstanding "grand cru" coffees over the next few months, so I thought I would give our customers a little peek at what we are working on and when to look for them. By "grand cru" I mean outstanding, special, micro-lot coffees, that are only available for a short time. Some of these coffees are already under contract, meaning that barring any unforeseen disaster the coffee will be in our warehouse when predicted, while other coffees are auction coffees, which means that we may in fact be outbid and may not get the coffee. We are not easily outbid, but coffees can go for well over $100/pound these days, which would put the retail price higher yet, so we do have our limits. In any case, we are very excited to offer some new, unique coffees to compliment our well-established line of blends and single origins. Below is a list of the coffees we will be featuring over the coming months, including auction, micro lot and relationship coffees. To order any of these coffees visit our website or call 1-800-809-7687.  Read more >>

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Ethiopia Limited Cupping - Boot Coffee - April 2008

Posted on Apr 10, 2008

by David Pohl
Brooke and I recently attended the Ethiopia Limited Auction cupping at Boot Coffee in Mill Valley. It has been two years since such an auction has taken place, due to the terrible harvest last year, and Brooke and I were very eager to see what we would find on the cupping table. Well, we found some incredible coffees, both washed and natural. One surprise was an Idido natural, exported by Bagersh, that was very similar to our Idido Misty Valley. In fact it was Brooke's favorite coffee on the table, and it was my runner up. My personal favorite was a coffee from Aleta Wondo, a community we were introduced to last year through Common River, a non-profit out of Mill Valley doing development work in Sidamo, Ethiopia. Both because of our previous introduction to Aleta Wondo, and because I know Willem Boot is doing extensive coffee quality work there, I was delighted to find that my favorite coffee on the table (of 12 coffees) was from that very community.Ethiopia Limited Auction 2008 Read more >>

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Western Regional Barista Championship Berkeley - March 2008

Posted on Apr 10, 2008

by David Pohl
Equator was a bronze sponsor of the 2008 Western Regional Barista Championship (WRBC) this year, held at the Gaia Arts Center in Berkeley, CA, March 28-30.  This was the third year Equator has been involved in the WRBC and it was the best competition yet.Ashlee Shell- Nugget Markets - World Class Barista! - Equator Customer Read more >>

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