From Bean to Brew
We treasure our relationships in the global coffee community and invest in projects at origin to help our partners and their communities thrive.
As California's first Fair Trade-certified coffee roaster in 1999, Equator has stood at the forefront of the sustainable coffee movement since its inception. We have always believed that better coffee could create a better world, and today this mission is more vital than ever. Sourcing and roasting the highest quality coffee is only possible with a transparent supply chain that contributes to the social welfare of the farmers and producers. Through certification with Fair Trade USA, USDA Organic, B Corp, and now, for the first time in coffee, the Regenerative Organic Alliance, we ensure our supply chain benefits all stakeholders, which leads to environmental sustainability both at home and abroad.
Our Reason For Being
At Equator, our community is our reason for being, and creating safe, inclusive spaces for all is at the heart of everything we do.
Equator cafes are not just spaces for drinking coffee - they are community hubs that invite all people to come as they are. From internal coffee education courses and trainings to Employee Appreciation Day, caring for our people starts within our own organization. People and relationships matter, and at Equator that means creating long-term, sustainable sourcing partnerships so we can share the names and faces of our community members from seed to sip. We treat every sourcing partnership like a long-term relationship, which means investing in sustainable infrastructure, community support, and development, and social programs that support workers and their families.
Leave It Better Than We Found It
Since 1995 we have believed that better coffee could create a better world.
And as a certified B Corp, Equator is a demonstrative leader in sustainable practices. Unlike other certifications, B Corp certification measures a company’s entire social and environmental impact making B Corps leaders in the global movement for an inclusive, equitable, and regenerative economy. From nonprofit partnerships and community giveback to energy-saving infrastructure such as our Loring Smart Roasters, Equator is committed to doing better business in order to create a better world.