Get To Know Us- Equator Operations Team

Equator Coffees is made up unique and passionate individuals.  In our latest installment of our Get To Know Us series we take you inside our headquarters to introduce to some of the team members that make it all come together.

Josh Housh is our rockstar Roastery Operations & Fulfillment Manager. If you're drinking Equator Coffees, then that bag was likely triple-checked by Josh! We chatted with Josh to learn the behind the scenes of what goes into getting Equator Coffees out the door each and every day.

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Coffee for a Cause- We Support ACLU

Equator thrives due to our diversity and open communication. Just look at the barista's who make your coffee every day. We come from six different countries. We speak six languages. We are immigrants and people with generations of American forefathers. We have GED's and Masters degrees. We are parents and young people still living with their parents. We are homeowners and sharing a studio apartment with our best friend.  We are married and single. We are gay. We are straight. We are queer. We are Equator Coffees & Teas.

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Event Alert- Meditation + Between Film Screening

Equator Coffees & Teas is excited to screen Between by Shades of Winter. Prior to the film, our friends at Lululemon will be hosting a meditation with Bex Urban. Your ticket gets you a seat for the meditation and film, everyone's favorite gluten-removed beverage Sufferfest beer, and essential movie snacks: popcorn and cookies. We expect this one to sell out, so be sure to get your tickets now, we hope to see you there!

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Get To Know Us- Equator Coffee Educator

“As a Coffee Educator for Equator Coffees & Teas, I am in a unique position to collaborate with our staff and our communities to nurture informed and connected relationships.”

My name is Tovara Salley and I am the Retail Trainer and Coffee Educator for Equator Coffees & Teas. 8 years ago I was teaching yoga but needed another job to pay the bills. I began working as a barista and fell in love with the people I worked with and the communities I worked for.

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Fermentation Test Series – Outcomes as of Winter, 2017

We will be hosting a public cupping at our SOMA Cafe to highlight the uniqueness of the El Salvador Buenos Aires Fermentation Test Collection and we hope you will join us! Representatives from both Equator Coffees and Scott Laboratories, a Sonoma-based wine, beer and spirits laboratory, will be on-site for this special tasting experience. 

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Colombia Team Camp Adventure

In the cycling world, there is an annual tradition that generally occurs sometime between the end of one season and the beginning of the next.  This event can come in many forms but typically involves warm weather, new teammates, lots of bright shiny equipment, and many hours in the saddle.  This crazy tradition is known as “team camp”, and this year I got to spend camp in the beautiful country of Colombia.  For me this team camp was a bit of a new beginning as I transition from Orica AIS in 2016 to UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team in 2017.  I went into camp without a clue as to what to expect from both the team and Colombia but I was looking forward to the new adventure.

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The Value of Certifications

Since our founding in 1995 by Helen Russell and Brooke McDonnell, we have been a leader in sustainability and social responsibility.  As a women-owned, green-certified coffee roaster our core belief is that quality leads to sustainability.  In 2011, we formalized our commitment to sustainability by becoming a certified B Corporation, making Equator the first California coffee roaster to do so.  In addition to our status as a B Corp, we are also deeply rooted in working with partners in our industry to ensure we are sourcing coffees in an ethical and sustainable manner.

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Get To Know Us- Equator Warfield Cafe

Our Warfield café is located in the historic Warfield Building, home to the acclaimed music venue, in San Francisco’s blossoming mid-market tech district. The café is urban and industrial with a soft edge, thanks to local muralist Mona Caron whose larger-than-life “urban weed” mural rises up the concrete wall. As our first San Francisco café, this space holds a special place for us at Equator, and we wanted to share a bit more with you about the people that bring Equator Warfield to life every day, and what makes it unique.

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How We Can Help Specialty Coffee Survive Climate Change

By the year 2050 demand for Specialty coffee will double, but only half the land capable of growing excellent coffee will remain. This is according to World Coffee Research, WCR, a leading non-profit research organization spearheading ingenuity in the Specialty coffee industry. Climate change, plant diseases and pests continue to test the industry’s abilities to adapt. Specialty coffee’s future seems uncertain, yet this is the new reality. ‘Prospering in the New Reality’ was the focus of this year’s Let’s Talk Coffee conference. Hosted by Portland based importer Sustainable Harvest, the conference brought coffee professionals from all over the world to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

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Let's Talk Coffee Recap

Let’s Talk Coffee is an annual event hosted by coffee importer Sustainable Harvest. Several of Equator’s key coffees are secured through Sustainable Harvest so, we try to attend the event every year. Unlike larger conferences held by professional organizations, the more intimate Let’s Talk Coffee is designed to bring partners who work together under one roof for a few days of learning and celebration. As a coffee buyer, one of the best aspects of the conference are the meetings scheduled with the coffee producers we work with. In these meetings we review the previous year’s business, check in on the upcoming harvest and discuss future imports. It is one of the most efficient series of meetings I participate in. This year we connected with current and potential partners from Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Honduras, Nicaragua and Peru. At the same time, in the context of the conference itself, the interactions become even more powerful as there are a broad assortment of presentations, discussions and activities that help build and strengthen the relationships between roasters and producers.

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