What We Do
Equator Coffee Roasters Inc. is a community-based, mission-driven roastery, wholesaler, and café. We offer the finest quality organic specialty coffee, sourced directly from small-scale producer cooperatives. Our membership in Cooperative Coffees, a green coffee importing co-op, allows us to collaborate with other like-minded roasters in North America to foster direct, transparent, and sustainable relationships with our trading partners. In addition to freshly roasted fair trade, organic coffee, we supply a full line of café products such as syrups and sauces as well as coffee equipment for home and commercial use.
How We Began
Equator Coffee Roasters was founded in 1998 by Craig and Amber Hall. Craig had just completed a degree in International Development from Trent University and had learned about the incredible exploitation happening in the coffee market and about the beginnings of a Fair Trade Movement hoping to make a difference. He decided to do something. Craig realized that by providing high quality fair trade and organic coffee, we, the relatively privileged in the North, could begin to help our neighbours in the South, thus “Equate”ing the benefit for all (hence the 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.
How We've Grown
The first Equator location opened in Arnprior in a small house with one room for roasting, one for sales, and one for seating. With the growth of the wholesale business, roasting operations moved 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. The Almonte community has been very supportive of our business and with steady growth, we now find ourselves In our new beautiful location. In recognition of this achievement, Equator Coffee was given the award for Creativity and Innovation by the Mississippi Mills Chamber of Commerce in 2011. Our new facility now 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'.