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Posted on Nov 24, 2005 Equator Estate Coffees & Teas® is a successful, women–owned company, co-founded in 1995 by Helen Russell and Brooke McDonnell. We have earned an outstanding reputation as purveyors and roasters providing distinctive specialty coffees and rare teas at competitive prices with unparalleled customer service. Equator’s mission: Continue to be a growing, customer-centric company, dedicated to quality, environmental sustainability, and social responsibility. Our commitment is to procure distinctive coffees from growers who practice responsible land stewardship and bio-friendly farming techniques. We ensure quality from source to cup, through careful selection of sustainable green beans, artisan blend development, efficient small-batch roasting, and advanced brewing technology and training. Equator focuses on ways to advance sustainability practices that encourage productive relationships and an empowered chain of supply. We believe that our efforts to support growers and the environment are a competitive advantage, and we intend to remain in the forefront on issues of sustainability.
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Equator's Travels to Nicaragua, Panama and Costa Rica

Posted on Jan 01, 2005

by David Pohl
Helen Russell, Maria Cleaveland and David Pohl recently returned from a two week tour of Central America. Read more >>

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Equator's Exciting Fall Line-up

Posted on Jan 01, 2005

by David Pohl
We are just now reaching the peak of our Central American offerings, with only one more micro-lot coffee to feature. The Guatemala "Flor de Antigua" comes to us from one of the most esteemed coffee growing regions of the world and is produced by the boutique coffee producer-exporter "La Minita" company based in Costa Rica.  This coffee is full of jazmine and bergamot, as well as the rounded chocolate notes typical of this region. Read more >>

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Costa Rica Montes de Oro

Posted on Jan 01, 2005

by David Pohl
We received the long awaited Montes de Oro this week and immediately dove head first into the evaluation process.  After innumerable sample roasts and cuppings we have come up with a pitch perfect roast profile for this very nice coffee. We are roasting it light, that is, just into the second crack, where we believe the coffee comes to its fullest without imparting much if any roast flavor.  What is left is a coffee that in the nose is fragrant and sweet - lemon and toast.  In the cup we repeatedly noticed both sweet lemon and toasted grain flavors. The finish is sweet and the body is medium.  Here I am posting some pictures of the Montes de Oro bags which came to us lined with "Grain Pro" bags, an inexpensive and easy to use plastic bag that can be hermetically sealed.  The benefit of Grain Pro liners is that the coffee suffers much less from the temperature fluctuation during ocean transport, which can last a week to six weeks depending on country of origin.  The Grain Pro also protects the coffee once it is in our warehouse, which can see temperatures over 100 degrees in the summer.  We will also receive some vaccuum packed Montes de Oro that we will compare with the Grain-Pro version.  Vaccum packaging is much more costly and uses more packaging than Grain Pro so we hope to prove the benefits of Grain Pro with this experiment.  Of course Grain Pro bags will be reused in our facility for garbage collection.    Read more >>

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