The unique, impact-centered mission of this coffee shop makes their brew extra special. Founders Brooke McDonnell and Helen Russell have experienced tremendous success at Equator Coffees, including seven cafes and recognition as the 2016 National Small Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration (the first LGBTQ-owned business to receive that distinction). Their accolades stem from their intentional relationships with coffee farmers, commitment to sustainable farming and land stewardship, and their strong California customer base. Equator Coffees has proved that coffee can be an agent for change and for cultivating community.

Fun fact: Their roasters and trucks use limited fuel and all their coffee grounds are composted!

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Brooke McDonnell and Helen Russell

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