Equator Coffees - Sumatra Queen Ketiara Fair Trade Organic - 12 oz.
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Equator has been purchasing coffee from cooperatives in the Gayo Highlands for more years than we can count. We used to sell the coffee under the name Gayo Mountain, which allowed us to work with any cooperative in the region. Since 2015 Equator solidified a purchasing relationship with Ketiara, a cooperative that produces great tasting coffee that transcends the stereotypical earthy character Sumatra coffees are known for. Ketiara maintains a flavor profile of us that is clean and balanced, with flavors of aromatic wood, dark fruit, spices and fresh tobacco. In celebration of the cooperative’s ability to provide consistent cup character, we have renamed our Fair Trade and Organic certified Sumatra, Queen Ketiara.

In addition to producing great coffee, one of the reasons we were initially attracted to Ketiara, is the fact that it is led by a charismatic woman named Rahmah. After working in coffee for many years, she helped found Ketiara in 2009 with just 38 members and currently serves as the co-op’s chairperson. In the years since it was established, the co-op membership has expanded to nearly 2,000 smallholder farmers, over 50% of them being women. The coffee Equator purchases is exclusively from the women members of the co-op; they refer to this special selection as Queen Ketiara. We pay an additional premium for the "Queen" designation, with proceeds going to programs that benefit women.

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Sumatra Queen Ketiara Fair Trade Organic

Roasts & ships Monday thru Friday.

$22.00 / 12 oz.

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12 oz.
5 lbs.

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Characteristics

CHARACTERISTICS

ROAST

Medium-Light

BODY

Medium

ACIDITY

Citrusy

NOTES

Vanilla, Milk Chocolate, Pipe Tobacco

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Equator has been purchasing coffee from cooperatives in the Gayo Highlands for more years than we can count. We used to sell the coffee under the name Gayo Mountain, which allowed us to work with any cooperative in the region. Since 2015 Equator solidified a purchasing relationship with Ketiara, a cooperative that produces great tasting coffee that transcends the stereotypical earthy character Sumatra coffees are known for. Ketiara maintains a flavor profile of us that is clean and balanced, with flavors of aromatic wood, dark fruit, spices and fresh tobacco. In celebration of the cooperative’s ability to provide consistent cup character, we have renamed our Fair Trade and Organic certified Sumatra, Queen Ketiara.

In addition to producing great coffee, one of the reasons we were initially attracted to Ketiara, is the fact that it is led by a charismatic woman named Rahmah. After working in coffee for many years, she helped found Ketiara in 2009 with just 38 members and currently serves as the co-op’s chairperson. In the years since it was established, the co-op membership has expanded to nearly 2,000 smallholder farmers, over 50% of them being women. The coffee Equator purchases is exclusively from the women members of the co-op; they refer to this special selection as Queen Ketiara. We pay an additional premium for the "Queen" designation, with proceeds going to programs that benefit women.

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Estabilished:

1995

Owners:

Helen Russell & Brooke McDonnell

Awards:

2016 National Small Business of the Year.

2010 Roaster of the Year - Roast Mag.

 2016 Good Food Awards Winner.

2013 1st Place winner Roasters Choice Awards.

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Roast Magazine's 2010 Roaster of The Year Award Winner!

Equator's commitment to a sustainable, transparent approach spans more than two decades. Today, Equator operates nine cafes predominantly in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2016, the U.S. Small Business Administration honored Equator by naming Equator the "National Small Business of the Year." Since their founding, Equator has been a leader in sustainability and social responsibility. In 2011, they formalized their commitment to sustainability by becoming a certified B Corporation, making it the first California coffee roaster to do so. Equator’s philosophy on coffee is built from a question: how do they create value from their perch in the coffee supply chain, standing at the intersection between local and distant coffee communities? It is this question that continues to frame their narrative as they strive to grow a business that values the stakeholders in both communities with respect for the people, the process, and the product. Equator believes that quality underlies economic and environmental sustainability, and this is the pillar of our approach. They support environmentally sound certifications, as well as practices that produce the highest quality coffee while securing a dignified life for those who produce it.

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