2010 Roaster of the Year - Roast Mag. "The Exclusive Roaster for Top Chefs:" • Thomas Keller - The French Laundry
• Traci Des Jardin - Jardinière
• Masaharu Morimoto - Morimoto's
• Pascal Rigo - La Boulangerie
• Corey Lee - Benu
Roast Magazine's 2010 Roaster of The Year Award Winner!
A women-owned green business Co-founded by Helen Russell and Brooke McDonnell in 1995, Equator Coffees & Teas is a specialty coffee roaster and coffee farm owner working with communities around the globe to find delicious, Organic, Fair Trade, and Rainforest Alliance Certified coffees. Over the past 15 years, Equator has earned an outstanding reputation.
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 who practice responsible land stewardship and bio-friendly farming techniques and the environment are a competitive advantage, and we intend to remain in the forefront on issues of sustainability...
Our commitment to quality has won over renowned chefs like Thomas Keller, who for the past eleven years has exclusively brewed Equator drip coffee at The French Laundry in Yountville, CA, and Bouchon Restaurants and Bakeries. Other prominent chefs that brew Equator are Traci Des Jardins, Jardinière; Elizabeth Faulkner, Citizen Cake; and Pascal Rigo, Bay Bread are also longtime customers whose consumers clamor for Equator’s distinctive blends and single origins.
Equator has won numerous awards including, National Association of Women Business Owners - Trail Blazer Award 2009, San Francisco's Business Times Top 100 Fastest Growing Woman Owned Businesses (7 years in a row), the Specialty Coffee Association's annual Roasters Choice Award (2009) and most recently Roast Magazines 2010 Roaster of The Year!
Roasting Process / Roaster:
Gas - Drum / Loring Smart Roaster, Probat