Founded in a garage in Marin County, California, in 1995, Equator Coffees has evolved into a company known for great coffees and espressos — and it was one of Fair Trade USA’s early partners. A quarter of a decade later, and the brand’s coffee range has expanded around the world with single origin coffees, blends and espresso.
Best of all, now through November 15, CNN Underscored readers can try Equator with an exclusive 15% discount on most items — just type the code CNN15 in at checkout. Plus, when you buy from them, you’ll be supporting a Certified B. Corp, female-founded, LGBTQ+-owned company, so you can feel extra good knowing your dollars are going where they can make a difference.
Keep reading below for some tempting coffees available in a range of grinds to add to your day. (All prices are for 12 oz. bags unless otherwise noted.)
Rwanda Nyampinga ($15.30, originally $18; equatorcoffees.com)
This light single-origin roast from Nyaruguru District in Southern Province, Rwanda, brings flavors of Earl Grey tea, roasted almond and raspberry to your morning (or afternoon) cup. The washed bourbon beans come from 5,800 feet above sea level, and the coffee is grown in an all-female cooperative.
Ethiopia Sidama Ardi ($16.15, originally $19; equatorcoffees.com)
Hailing from Guji, Borena Hagermariam District, Ethiopia, this light roast single-origin coffee starts your day with hints of berry, citrus and spice and is dried naturally under the sun (you’ll be able to catch some vanilla and lavender in there, too).
Tigerwalk Espresso ($13.17, originally $15.50; equatorcoffees.com)
Coming from Colombia, Kenya, and Brazil, this medium-level roast blend (the brand’s flagship one) makes for a balanced shot of caffeine in your cup — expect creamy, sweet flavors of cherry-toned chocolate, strawberry and lemon.
Atelier Crenn Blend ($15.30, originally $18; equatorcoffees.com)
You can boost both your productivity and the struggling hospitality industry with this coffee, which supports the employees of Chef Dominique Crenn’s Crenn Dining Group in San Francisco during COVID-19.
B’Cause Blend ($14.87, originally $17.50; equatorcoffees.com)
This blackberry-, caramel- and black cherry-flavored blend is more than just a great cup of coffee — it also supports excellent causes focusing on sustainability and equity.
Espresso Blend Set ($25.92, originally $30.50; equatorcoffees.com)
Get the brand’s two most popular espresso blends in one bundle with this duo that contains both Tigerwalk Espresso and Januar Espresso, which is Fair Trade Organic. We’ve talked about Tiger Walk above, but the Jaguar blend — with beans from Indonesia, East Africa and Latin America — features fruit, dark chocolate and spice notes.
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