Equator Coffees

Equator Coffees

New Coffee This Month

Java Sunda Hejo 

A well balanced and rounded cup with sweet cocoa and notes of dried apricot, date and Brazil nut.

  • Region: Garut and Bandung, West Java, Indonesia
  • Producer: Naganingrum, Klasik Beans Cooperative
  • Altitude: 4,000-5,000 feet
  • Cultivar: Primarily heirloom Typica with Ateng, Jember, Java, Catimor
  • Milling: Washed

 

Decaf Organic Blend

Clean, sweet, herbal, nutty top notes complimented by a teak-like earth tone at the base.

 Indonesia dominant with Latin coffees (Water Process)

Tigerwalk Espresso

In an effort to satisfy the emerging preference for lighter roasted and more fruit forward flavors in espresso, our roasting team collaborated to design this tartly sweet espresso blend.

A balanced, sweet and creamy espresso that features notes of cherry-toned chocolate, strawberries and a lemon-toned effervescence

Region: Mexico, Guatemala and Rwanda

Story Of Equator Coffee

Equator’s ethos is simple: Our passion for quality and sustainability drives everything we do. We think about the impact of our business on the people who grow our coffee, on the people who drink it, and on the planet. We’ve built an intensely loyal following among chefs and others who are entirely serious about taste, as our deep commitment to these issues translates into an unforgettably authentic experience for people who drink our coffee.

How far do we take our twin obsessions with quality and impact? We do something highly unusual for a roaster: We farm our own coffee. Finca Sophia is our 45-acre agro-paradise in Panama. Our hands are in the dirt as we nurse our rare Geisha coffee varietal, which we predict will set a new standard for micro-lot flavor profiles. But we don’t stop there. We’ve built environ- mentally friendly housing for our workers and invest in their well-being as seriously as we invest in the latest brewing technology.

Our roasting facility is located in Marin County, CA, where some of the most significant national trends in farming are born. In 16 years of business, we’ve built a loyal customer base of fine restaurants, hotels, and retailers who love coffee as much as we do.

As a women-owned green business, we work tirelessly to empower every link of our global and local supply chain. You can taste our integrity, which is backed by the environmental and social justice certification systems of organic and fair trade.

Lastly, a word about a hot topic: climate change. Equator is proud to be one of the first roasters in the nation to possess a Loring SmartRoaster, a sophisticated machine that reduces carbon emissions by 80% without compromising our artisan quality. In addition, we have planted 25,000 shade trees on our farm in Panama.

Equator takes action with sustainability programs at all levels of operations. These practices include:

  • Roasting on the Loring SmartRoaster to reduce carbon emissions by 80% without sacrificing artisan quality. Equator is one of the first roasters in the country to utilize this new technology.
  • A delivery truck powered by locally produced biodiesel fuel and a hybrid car for service
  • A compost program that incorporates 100% of chaff and coffee grounds
  • The donation of jute and burlap coffee bags to area gardeners for reuse
  • Annual CCOF inspection and certification for compliance in proper handling and storage of organic coffees

A Word About Equator Coffee . . .

Equator Coffees & Teas® is committed to serving sustainable coffee:

  • Coffee that is grown amidst a canopy of indigenous shade trees, or, in a manner that preserves the natural habitat.
  • Coffee cultivation that practices bio-friendly agriculture, with emphasis on organic pest, weed, fungus and fertilizer management.
  • Coffee farming that emphasizes quality through choice cultivars and careful processing methods; strictly high-grown coffee with demonstrable cup character.
  • Specialty coffee is the most labor intensive crop in the world. Thousands of indigenous people are involved in the picking and processing of specialty coffee. We support projects and farms that enhance the quality of their crop and promote the continuity of their way of life.

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Five Mountains Tea – Heirloom Organic Teas

The Sea by Alexander’s Steakhouse Tea Selection

GREEN

Sencha1a

Zairai Sencha | The original cultivar used for Japan’s classic pan-fired tea (sen cha)
Profile Notes of orchid, minerals & green sprouts, Sen’cha (pan-fired tea). Signature Umami(savory) flavor from high amino acid content.
Process Sustainably harvested leaves > steaming > pan-fired > forming > drying.
Attributes High amino acid and theanine content. Single origin, garden direct, heirloom cultivar.
Preparation 1 Tbs. per 8 oz, DO NOT USE BOILING WATER, This tea requires water under a boil, 170˚ F, 3-4 min. For iced tea, steep tea strongly, allow to cool, pour over ice
Region Shizuoka, Japan. 500 m. elev., 23˚N, 120˚E
Garden Kawane Mountain garden est. 1327

JADE

HighMountainJadeteawulonglilyjinxuan1Spring Jade | Organic Jade hybrid sub-cultivar Golden Lily (Jin Xuan) | signature creme w/ notes of melon & spring flowers

Profile Signature creaminess, notes of honey dew, fresh lilac with spring aromas
Process Sustainably harvested leaves > sun withered > > indoor withering (20-25% oxidized) > rolling > drying > compressing > fired. Note: This tea is NOT made with the artificial scenting that is common in this mass production of this cultivar.
Attributes Medium caffeine, energizing, increases metabolism and immunity. Single origin, garden direct, high mountain (alpine).
Preparation 1-2 tsp per 8 oz, DO NOT USE BOILING WATER, This tea requires water slightly under a boil,195˚ F, 3-4 min. For iced tea, steep tea strongly, allow to cool, pour over ice
Region 1,200 to 1,400 metres (3,960–4,620 ft) elev, 30˚ N. Lat., Mae Salong, Kingdom of Siam, Thailand
Garden Peaceful (Tik Hiri) Gardens, ancient tea area of local Akha, Yao, Karen, Hmong & Chinese tea masters.

RED

RubySunriseleaf1aHeirloom Ruby | Heirloom organic Yun’Hong tea | Vibrant malty sweetness, vanilla accents & ripe tannins. | aka Dian Hong

Profile Vibrant full bodied, food friendly tea w/ a malty sweetness, vanilla accents & ripe tannins.
Process Sustainably harvested leaves > withered indoors > lightly rolled > fully oxidized > re-rolled > re-withered > fully dried
Attributes Higher caffeine, increases vitality and awareness, increases metabolism*, reduces high cholesterol, Certified organic, sustainably harvested, single origin, garden direct.Lan’Xang tea species are higher in polyphenol content by 5-7%,catechin 30-60% and water-soluble substances 3-5%
Preparation 1 Tbs per 8 oz, 212˚ F, 5-7 min. For iced tea, steep tea strongly, allow to cool, pour over ice
Region The largest concentration of the oldest wild tea trees in the world, in virtual tea forests in the Lan Xang Biodiverse Rainforest. Known as Thousands Acres Ancient Tea Trees. Red mineral rich soil, fog laden 5,000 ft. + elev., 22˚ N. Lat.
Garden The Pure Step ecological tea gardens were established around 696 AD from 4,000+ year old wild harvested ancient tea arbors in the heart of East Asia’s most rich and biodiverse rain-forests known locally as Lan Xang (Million Elephant)

GrandQimen1aGrand Crimson | Heirloom, 100% organic Zhu Yu tea varietal | notes of pine, plum, dried black rose | aka Keemun

Profile Rich with notes of dried black rose, Lakota tobacco, dragon-eye fruit & bay leaf
Process Sustainably harvested leaves > withered indoors > lightly rolled > fully oxidized (70-100%) > re-rolled > re-withered > fully dried
Attributes Higher caffeine, Aids weight loss, digestion, cleansing, eliminates alcohol toxins. reduces high cholesterol*. Certified organic, sustainably harvested, single origin, garden direct
Preparation 1-2 tsp per 8 oz, 212˚ F, 5-7 min. For iced tea, steep tea strongly, allow to cool, pour over ice
Region Qí’Mén County, Shitai, Guniujiang National Nature Reserve

IMG2190a1Bergamot Black | Organic black tea varietal blended with bitter orange | citral notes over velvety dark taut leaves | aka Earl Grey

Profile Robust, rich Crimson black tea with fragrant citral notes
Process Sustainably harvested leaves > withered indoors > lightly rolled > fully oxidized > re-rolled > re-withered > scented > fully dried
Attributes Higher caffeine, increases vitality and awareness, increases metabolism*, reduces high cholesterol, Certified organic, sustainably harvested, single origin, garden direct.
Preparation 1 Tbs per 8 oz, 212˚ F, 5-7 min. For iced tea, steep tea strongly, allow to cool, pour over ice
Region Qi’Men county, Anhui. Virgin Forest, dense fog. 1,700 ft elev. 29˚ N, 117˚ E
Garden Qi”Men Virgin Forest Preserve

TISANE

PacificPeppermint1a1Pacific Peppermint |Organic young downy leaf sets | Fresh, cooling, sweet, vibrant

Profile Fresh, cooling, sweet, vibrant
Process Sustainably harvested > cut > dried
Attributes Non-caffeinated, cooling, soothing, aids digestion
Preparation 1-2 tsp. per 8 oz. Water: 205-212°F. Steep 4-5 min. Use filtered or spring water. For Iced Tea. Steep tea well. Allow to cool. Pour over ice.
Region The Cascade Mountain valleys of Washington, moist rich soil, heavy fog

GoldenChamomile1aNile Valley Chamomile | Heirloom organic whole flowers, Egyptian source varietal | Fragrant notes of fresh cut apple, melon

Profile Fragrant notes of fresh cut apple, melon
Process Hand harvested full flower > shade dried 6-7 days.
Attributes Non-caffeinated, soothing, calming essential amino acid (tryptophan)
Preparation 1 Tbs. per 8 oz. Water: 212°F Steep 4-5 min. Use filtered or spring water. For Iced Tea. Steep tea well. Allow to cool. Pour over ice.
Region Source origin of chamomile flowers, the Western Saharan oasis along the Nile River in the heart of Egypt. Herbs have been planted in this region since the Pharoanic ages. The finest are from Asyut.
Garden ‘Oasis’ Asyut Fields. sandy, well-drained soil with a pH of 7.0-7.5 and lots of sun