A women-owned green business Co-founded by Helen Russell and Brooke McDonnell in 1995, San Rafael, CA-based Equator Coffees & Teas is a specialty coffee roaster, tea purveyor, and coffee farm owner. Equator sources and grows boutique-grade Estate, Organic, Fair Trade, and Rainforest Alliance Certified coffees around the globe. Over the years Equator has build a vast network of suppliers rooted in quality and sustainability. Equator will receive its first lot of Gesha from its experimental coffee farm in Volcan, Panama—Finca Sofia—this year.
About the Owners- 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.