Equator Coffee Roasters Inc. is a community-based, mission-driven roastery, wholesaler, and café based in Almonte, Ontario (50 kilometers from Canada’s capital, Ottawa). We offer the finest quality organic specialty coffee, sourced directly from small-scale producer cooperatives. Our membership in Cooperative Coffees allows us to collaborate with other like-minded roasters in North America to foster direct, transparent, and sustainable relationships with our trading partners.
Starting on a 10 kilo roaster in the garage of his home in Arnprior, Ontario, with a team of volunteers to help him, founder Craig Hall has brought Equator a long way but never far from his original vision of utilizing the sales and message of fair trade, organic coffee to bring about development and change for coffee producers all over the world.
Equator’s goal is to “pump out as much high quality, coop-traded coffee as possible…and to do so while communicating the stories and relationships behind the coffee that we sell. The more questions we get asked about “fair trade” and what that means to Equator, the better. We approach every customer, client, and business as an opportunity to live out the founding principles of that movement: to engage in and grow an alternative model of international commerce where the farmer and his/her community have a say in the way their product gets traded.”