In 1995, when business partners Brooke McDonnell and Helen Russell started roasting in a garage in Marin County, it marked the beginning of a journey to build a high-impact coffee company focused on quality, sustainability and social responsibility. While our goals have remained the same, with more than 500 wholesale accounts and five retail cafes, our team has grown to more than 100 employees.  Get to know the founders behind Equator Coffees here.

Brooke Mcdonnell

Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer

As the product side of our founding partners Brooke is our original Roaster and Coffee Buyer.  Her discerning palate and dedication to finding exquisite and responsibly-grown coffee leads our roasting team on a daily mission to provide our customers with some of the best coffee in the world.

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Helen Russell

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

As a co-founder and CEO, Helen leads Equator forward.  From its small roots in a Marin County garage two decades ago to the nationwide business it is today,  Equator continues to grow, thrive, and stay faithful to its values under Helen's guidance.

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Maureen mchugh

Vice President of Operations

As Vice President, Maureen has established and maintains our dedication to social responsibility at Equator.  Devoted to the company since its founding in 1995, Maureen nurtures the initiatives, projects and people that work to empower women and communities in coffee-growing regions around the world.