Equator Coffee

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Why Equator?

Our Story

We’re a local roastery based in the heart of the Ottawa Valley. Since 1998, we’ve been roasting and delivering fresh coffee each and every week. We have a passion for good coffee and a deep respect for the people who grow it. Our coffee comes from small-scale farming communities - our trade is direct and transparent. We keep our values simple and honest and our coffee fresh and delicious. Our coffee is 100% organic specialty coffee.  We source through our own roaster-member co-op, Cooperative Coffees.  Co-op Coffees is a green coffee importing co-op made up of 23 like-minded roasters throughout North America.   Through the co-op, we are privileged to have direct, transparent, and sustainable relationships with our trading partners.  Equator's Original 10k Toper Roaster

Where it all began...

In the late 1990s, Craig had just completed a degree in International Development from Trent University where he learned all about the exploitation of small-scale farmers in the coffee industry.  The Fair Trade Certification movement was just getting started and he wanted to take part in it. Craig realized that by providing high quality fair trade and organic coffee, we, the privileged North, could begin to help our neighbours in the South, thus “Equate”ing the benefit for all - inspiration for our name! Craig, Amber, and the Equator team continue to work directly with farmers and have visited cooperatives in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico, The Dominican Republic, Peru, Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda.

ProductionHow we've grown

Equator fired up its first roaster in a small house in Arnprior with a room for roasting, one for sales, and one for seating. Once the wholesale business started to grow, we moved our roasting operations to a small commercial location a couple of years later. In 2005, Equator relocated to Almonte and reopened the café part of the business with a production area in the back. Almonte has been very supportive of our business and with steady growth, we were able to move into a larger space on the "main drag" in 2011. Our new home has a large production and office area and with the café, we've included an area for art displays and a boardroom and quality control area we call the 'Cupping Lab'.  It's always open for visits so come on by!