We have been spoiled by truly delicious coffee, and we continue to discover more and more amazing coffees. We’ve sampled coffees from many of the heavy hitters in specialty coffee, and while we enjoyed that “dating process” of exploring the nuanced differences between roasters, we’re happy we finally settled down with Equator Coffee.
We opened our shop serving Ecco Caffe, and we thought it was the best coffee in the world and that we would be serving it forever. When Intelligentsia rolled Ecco into their larger operation in the autumn of 2012, we were pretty heartbroken and thought we’d never find a coffee as good as Ecco. In our extensive search for the tastiest cup of coffee we could find, we were surprised to discover how much we liked Handlebar Coffee from Santa Barbara and enjoyed serving locally roasted coffee from the central coast of California. We also offered Handsome Coffee as a guest roaster and think they have a pretty great crew, too.
Now, we’re really happy to be serving Equator Coffee from San Rafael in Marin County and find that they have captured the perfect blend of the fruity, citrusy, delicate and more “feminine” coffee we loved from Ecco and the more robust, “manly” flavor we liked with Handsome. The little Equator team of fifteen is obsessed with sustainable practices from bean to cup, they farm their own coffee in Panama, they believe in serving consistently delicious coffee and making great coffee accessible to everyone, and best of all, they are a really nice and quality-focused group of people to work with. They get bonus points for being one of the only women-owned and women-roasting coffee roasters, and Equator Coffee also happens to be the exclusive coffee of choice for some of the world’s best chefs.
The French Laundry in Yountville of Napa Valley is considered by many to be the best restaurant in the world, and if, in their attention to detail, renowned chef Thomas Keller (considered by many to be the best chef in America) chooses to only serve Equator coffee, then all we little peons can say is: if it’s good enough for The French Laundry and Thomas Keller, it’s good enough for us, too.
We hope you’ll enjoy the coffee as much as we have!